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Book details
  • SubGenre:Meditation
  • Language:English
  • Pages:756
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543934632

Falcon Will Give Birth to the Rover

To Keep Strong the Will Toward Home; to Sing the Song of Apollo

by Keith Fahey

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Epimetheus dreams of Apollo and the Apollo Moon Flights: of the God of Truth and Poetry, of Apollo 8's revelations of a paradisal planet. Then came Apollo 10's playful spirit, Apollo 11's landing on Tranquility Base, and Apollo 12's "bulls-eye landing on the Ocean of Storms."

Auguries of perils to come! Can the epic spirit guide Epi through Hades to homecoming with his higher Self?


Falcon Will Give Birth to the Rover is a work of imaginative nonfiction, an historical autobiography with concurrent headlines and events. It is written in the third person: "O wad some Power the giftie gie us / To see oursels as ithers see us."

It is the story of Epimetheus, who lived in his car, a 1968 Ford Falcon, because he wished to be a singer. He was inspired by the Apollo Moon Flights: “If they can get to the Moon, why can’t I [fill in the blank] ...”

Apollo 8 revealed a paradisal planet, Apollo 10 released playful spirits ("Snoopy and Charley Brown are hugging each other!"), and Apollo 11 gave us Tranquility Base.

O the joy! Now for my own giant leap!

Wherefore Apollo 12 served as augury: It made a “bull’s-eye landing on the Ocean of Storms.”

Give us a sign! Give us a sign!

Apollo 15 roused Wishy Epi the most. He had been living in his Falcon for about two years when a reporter-prophet hailed the coming Moon Flight. The seer disclosed that Apollo 15's lunar lander was called Falcon, and the first extraterrestrial vehicle, Rover. He envisioned the planned landing, and oracled: "A little later, Falcon will give birth to the Rover."

A sign! O, Epi is called to sing of Apollo!

Epi forgot that Loxian Apollo is e'er ambiguous: that "Rover" has many types, and "a little later" could mean a month or two, a year or two, maybe even a score or two — yet all are blinks of an eye "in the light of eternity."

Failure wakened many Furies, all mirrored in ragers who could not control, or transform, their Furies. Wherefore Epi invoked the spirit of Ishmael, who took to the sea as his "substitute for pistol and ball." Yet the e’er-taunting Furies pursued, and only the epic tradition gave Epi the willingness to accept the descent into Hades; only the epic tradition affirmed his resolve to complete the return.

About the author

Keith Fahey is most unknown for his essay "On Reading with an Equal Eye," in Leviathan, May 2011, a Melville journal.

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