Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers
Robert A. Heinlein

Talk about a book being ahead of its time. Not just for being a good stab at the future of warfare (highly mobile infantry, networked command structure, a surgical use of firepower), or for being the kind of material that fits today’s movie aesthetic perfectly (comic-book action, with lots of CGI and heroes decked out in exoskeleton armour), but mainly for being what reads like a novelization of a videogame: our starship trooper hero powering up and firing first-person-shooter style through levels of baddies while ascending the ranks. Controversial for being explicitly fascist (the bundles of rods and axes are directly invoked), it remains a serious challenge for readers on many levels.