JOHN SCALZI gets a writeup in The New York Times Book Review and I’m glad for him. However, the reviewer, Dave Itzoff, opens the review with the tired claim that Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is fascist. (Spider Robinson put that one to bed back in 1980). He does note the role of blogs in promoting Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Ghost Brigades, though.

Our podcast interview with Scalzi is here. And see Scalzi’s comments here.

And I can’t help but observe that if Starship Troopers is fascist, then so is the “chickenhawk” argument favored by the antiwar left — with the added proviso that Heinlein was writing fiction, and the antiwar lefties are actually propounding a political position, of sorts.

UPDATE: More on Heinlein here.