New Trailer For Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

Last month, we brought you news of a new animated Starship Troopers movie being released next month. Earlier this week, IGN released an all new trailer for that movie.

This trailer (included below) shows much more than the initial teaser, giving us a further look at the animation and hints of the story.

In a Twitter poll conducted after last month’s news, we found more of our followers are fans of the 1997 Starship Troopers film than not. Where do you stand? What did you think of the sequels? Are you looking forward to Traitor of Mars? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

New Starship Troopers Movie Incoming

A trailer has just been released for a new Starship Troopers movie, continuing the franchise which began with the movie titled simply Starship Troopers in 1997. Since then, there have been three more movies released in the franchise (two live action like the original and one animated) and an animated series.

The new movie is titled Traitor of Mars and will see Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return as the voices of the characters they played in the first film, Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores. Also returning for this sequel is Ed Neumeier, who wrote the first film (based, though some would say loosely, on Robert Heinlein’s 1959 novel.)

Release of a film continuing this franchise comes as a surprise to many as there have been rumors of a reboot in the works for some time now.

Traitor of Mars will be in theaters in the US for one night only on August 21st. Check local listings for more details as the date approaches. There is no information yet about home video release.

Will you be seeing this movie in the theater or waiting for later release? What did you think of the other Starship Troopers movies? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

Review of On Basilisk Station

Review By David Stegora

Originally published on his blog, Anomalous Monologue.

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I recently picked up the audio book for On Basilisk Station by David Weber. I’ve been interested in learning more about the Honorverse, since I see The Royal Manticoran Navy at most conventions here in Minnesota. I had previously tried to read House of Steel, but struggled through it and eventually stopped. The Honorverse Companion portion of the book was far more interesting to me, though I have yet to finish it. Because of that, audio book seemed like the way for me to approach this series.

I put off beginning the series on audio book, because the preview sounded terrible. It’s worth noting that I got the audio book from Audible, so I listened to the version they made. There have been others. The narrator does some bad voices and accents, but they serve their purpose of differentiating characters well, so it can be forgiven. However, the way she says “Manticoran” is likely to make you hate her a little. In the end, I got used to the narration pretty quickly.

While this book is science fiction, at its core, it’s really just a naval story in spaaaaaace. I find keeping that in mind makes it a little more enjoyable.

Of course, David Weber is known for lengthy dialogue and info dumps. They are in this book by the pound. Sometimes it feels like it’s never going to end. While it can be tedious, the info dumps do serve the purpose of creating a very detailed universe. It even gives details and numbers about types of ships and armaments and everything. Of course, it was later determined the numbers were off and they were adjusted.

The dialogue, on the other hand, can be excessive. I think often it’s just an attempt to explain things to the reader in unnecessary detail things which should be understood as the story unfolds. It’s like a textbook example of telling, not showing.

If you can get past these things, or if you like them, the story is enjoyable enough. It feels like it opens an elaborate new world for you to explore, which it really does. The series is getting quite lengthy and there are many related books outside of it. There’s even a comic book series.

I felt like I was struggling at points, but I enjoyed it overall and even bought the audio book for the next in the series (The Honor of the Queen) right when I finished it and I’m listening to that one now.