The Green Hills of Earth
"The Green Hills of Earth" is a science fiction short story by American writer
It is the story of "Noisy" Rhysling, the blind space-going songwriter whose poetic skills rival
Heinlein credited the title of the song, "The Green Hills of Earth", to the short story "
The events of the story concern the composition of the titular song. An aged Rhysling realizes that his death of old age is near, and hitchhikes on a spaceship headed to Earth so he can die and be buried where he was born. A malfunction threatens the ship with destruction, and Rhysling enters an irradiated area to perform repairs. Upon completing the repairs, he knows that he will soon die of