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Mary Jo Rabe grew up on a small farm in eastern Iowa, earned a B.A. in German and Math from Michigan State University, and spent her junior year in Freiburg Germany, where she met her future husband. She and Franz attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned a M.A. in Library Science and first encountered and fell in love with science fiction. She has been employed in a small special library in Freiburg, Germany, since 1976. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Mary Jo and her husband live in a small town in the Black Forest. Her poems have been published in Pandora, Stygian Articles, The Martian Wave, Astropoetica, Raven Electrick, Space and Time, The Sword Review, and Mindlfights.
on July 04, 2012 :
I read this book from "cover to cover" on a trip, and really enjoyed the craftsmanship the author showed, developing each character with a few brief paragraphs, and putting them together to make a compelling story. She made Mars come alive for me. The use of science, especially science that does not exist yet, is careful and compelling. The dark and ambivalent character of the sheriff is offset nicely by several examples of productive, fulfilled lives.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 14, 2012 :
This collection of biographies-in-verse will grab any reader who is interested in people and interesting social situations. What exactly would cause the first settlers on Mars to have conflicts? What would love relationships be like in an extraterrestrial colony? How would political and financial hierarchies work themselves out in an artificial, new society? Mary Jo Rabe has taken the time to think about all the ins and outs of 21st century colonial life and added her expertise in the field of science fiction as a colorful background to these stories. The science fiction element is more than just a backdrop, though. It also serves as an important catalyst for much of the interpersonal conflict.
I can highly recommend this book to all readers - even those like me who aren't well-versed in sci-fi.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)