Read Heinlein's Starship Troopers...He's interesting. The politics are intriguing (neo-Libertarian sort of thing), as is his view of futuristic military operations. The Mobile Infanty seems very air cavalry-ish, and he wrote back 1959, so very good for him!
Last evening I went for a drive with Jenny and PZ. Looking for Christmas lights and such. We came upon the village of Westminster, and found that the populace and lined all the streets with luminaries! We turned off our lights and just glided along. It was wonderful.