RHYMES OF THE ORBITERS is set in a time, a hundred or so years from now, when many people live in artificial habitats in space, and others live in colonies on the Moon and Mars, and even undersea. Although all the poems were written by Coffeen, they are presented as though written by people living in these various future conditions. Among the poems are:"Orbiter Girl", a reaction to a girl in a skin-tight space suit,"It Dont Rain", about one of the advantages of life off Earth or undersea,"Bobby Was a Martian", about a colonist kid considering his identity,"The Well-Worn Space Suit", about, well, you know.
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Starting with the "Buck Rogers" comic strip, Coffeen has been a keen reader of science fiction most of his life. He spent years in the science-oriented field of hunting for oil by seismic methods, and wrote several books explaining that technical field in simple terms. He has written other books that have not yet been published. They include one about science fiction, and two science fiction novels, one of them in collaboration with his wife, M. H. Coffeen. He has just completed a book on the principles that control history.Review:
The flavor of a book of this type is best given by an excerpt from it. Here is one of the poems:
What circade do you keep
When awake and when asleep?
The day of Earth we fit,
On Mars is stretched a bit.
The two week Lunar day is bright,
Then there's two week Lunar night.
Don't sleep much in the light,
Can't hibernate all night.
How do we get some sleep?
By fits and starts, and never deep.
A hab with gee will twirl away
With a short, unnatural day,
So have some circade in your hab
To let you work, and rest a dab.
But don't disturb the others
Your circade's not your brother's.
I wonder if the race of men
Will ever sleep enough again.
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Book Description Grounder Pub, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0930271009
Book Description Grounder Pub, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 97 pages. 8.30x5.30x0.40 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0930271009