This story is in my book "Tips for Tailoring Spacetime Fabric Vol. 1" which is now available at Author House -- Amazon -- Barnes and Noble and other fine book sellers, search for "Roger Bourke White Jr."

The Ticket Out

by Roger Bourke White Jr., copyright 2010


Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein was the first science fiction story I ever read, way back in 7th grade or so (1960). That book was the first inspiring book I read myself, and started me on a years-long devotion to reading science fiction.

In 1990 I reread Starship Troopers, and it wasn’t the same story. My impression the second time was of a Sands of Iwo Jima in space. Either way, the heart of the story was power armor, how to use it, and how its presence affected people’s thoughts.

In 1999 I saw the Starship Troopers movie, and saw that the director had missed the point of the story entirely by taking out the power armor. Without power armor, the soldiers were transformed into World War One “over the top” infantry who would be discouraged from asking “Why?”, and because of that, they lost any reason to be “responsible for the community” in the sense that Heinlein was emphasizing in his book version of the story.

These changes in what I read, and misinterpretations in what I saw depicted in the movie, inspired me to write my own version of the power armor story. …

The Cast

Space Invaders

The Mercenaries (and their suits):

Azzeed O’Malley—arms dealer

General Nolentov—invasion commander

On the Ground

Major Sean “Flyboy” Bourke Rufus—chopper pilot and hostage liaison

Simon Algers—governor of Artemisia, a medium-sized province

Concordia—biggest country

Gontal—mainstream religion

Danago—xenophobic religious sect in Gontal

Jackov Martin—head of Danago

George Harris—second in command of Danago

Markov Smallet—financial backer of Danago

Gonjiha—deity of Danago

Ka-sharma—ritual of Gonjiha