Just running across this thread, but I had to give my 2¢ worth.
@OmegaMan: Starship Troopers has been made into a movie
Yeah, but it's only somewhat loosely based on the novel. A great action flick, but not comepletely following the novel. For example, in the 1959 novel (which was aimed at the juvenile market) there was no shower scene since the only women described on spaceships were nurses, in separate quarters, which made guard duty outside their quarters a much sought-after position. ;-) I liked the premise of Citizens being those who served in the military or another government service (and why), but the movie had things running more like a Fascist military dictatorship, which was not in the novel.
Heinlein was a graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis with a BS in naval engineering, so he knew his science. The novel concentrates more on the training and discipline of a soldier, and there aren't as many battle scenes as the movie. Also, at the end, you find out that the protagonist from Argentina actually had a different ethnic heritage.
Still, I did like the scene in the movie where Sgt. Zim demonstrates why they needed to know how to throw a knife. :-D
Hi, I am trying to find an outer space show from the late 60s early 70s that started with 2 astronauts in a rocket crashing on the moon. They were cartoons while the beginning credits rolled. It was on between the University Bowl then this show and then star trek in December. I really liked the show but I can't remember it.
Was that the one where Andy Griffith invented a new kind of fuel (Mytohydrazine, if I recall correctly)? His premise what that rather than massively accelerate and then coast, his fuel would allow slow but constant acceleration and thus get there using much less fuel than the NASA approach.
I really hate to bring up Salvage I - an ABC series starring Andy Griffith as a junkman (all right - recycling specialist) who decided to build a spaceship and recycle NASA junk. Isaac Asimov was the science adviser, but this didn't really seem to help much, as you have to be able to follow advice... It ran a season and a half, then was forgotten until recently, when DARPA decided to spend big bucks on doing this in real life.