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My short one week fund-raiser for Behind the Black is now over. Those who like my work are still welcome to donate or subscribe, but the offer of free books has ended. If you mailed a check with a postmark prior to midnight November 11, 2022, I will send you your bonus book once I get it.

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Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News


  • Bob

    Wow. PayPal and patron charge 12%! I had no idea. Gabpay seems reasonable.

  • Bob: I must note that since I have not yet gotten any payments through Gabpay, my estimate of their 2% fee might be wrong. I base it on what their website says, but my experience has been that such information rarely matches reality.

    However, if you use Gabpay please comment here. You would be the first, and if something isn’t right and I don’t get your donation, I would need to know.

  • Peter Francis

    I wish I could switch to Zelle from Paypal, but here is Canada Zelle is not available.

  • Mark

    Zelle was flaky today. 6th time a charm though.

  • Robert Pratt

    Setup Zelle today for a Paypal alternative. Zelle doesn’t work with my main bank’s electronic banking but does with my alternate bank. Zelle product failed to work for using a debit card on banks to which it’s not linked. Not impressed with its setup methods but will invest more time in it due to big savings on fees. Plan to use it tomorrow to pay a large bill to a contractor. Then I’ll see how its unknown amount limits play out. Apparently that depends on the bank.

  • Robert Pratt: Since I started to encourage my readers to use Zelle, I would say that almost 80% of donations have shifted to it from Paypal. The subscriptions on Paypal have dropped from 100% to about 75%, with both Zelle and Patreon grabbing that market share.

    It appears that Paypal has taken a gigantic hit in business by even considering the idea it had the right to steal its customers’ money.

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