Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving, a truly American holiday, as unique to history as the United States. No nation before this one ever tried to establish by law a nation dedicated to “the pursuit of happiness” and the premise that sovereignty resides solely in the people, not in an elitist upper class of rulers. This holiday was established to celebrate and give thanks for these ideals, and the blessings of liberty they bestow to Americans.

Those ideals are now threatened by the progressives who dominate the Democratic Party and the weasels in the Republican Party too cowardly to resist. It therefore becomes imperative that, as we American citizens celebrate this holiday today with family gatherings often in defiance of the edicts of these petty dictators, we resolve to defy them in all ways, and to reclaim with courage our heritage of freedom and the individual sovereignty it gives to us.

No one has the right to give us orders. Give thanks for that, and tell those who try they risk terrible things for themselves by doing so.


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  • Ian C.

    In that spirit, let me quote a (hopefully real) social media post by the Town of Hendersonville, NC:

    “This Thanksgiving, if you see 20 cars at your neighbor’s house, and you’re thinking about reporting them, go to the fridge and drink a big glass of milk.

    Why? Milk is good for your teeth.
    You know what else is good for your teeth?

    Minding your own business.”

    Happy Thanksgiving, American friends.

  • Edward_2

    Ian C.


    All the best too you and yours too.

    Happy Holidays to All!

  • Phill O

    “Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia, and the sub-national entities Leiden, Norfolk Island, and the inhabited territories of the United States.”

    For a Canadian Snowbird, there are two days of the year to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    Folk should arrive about 3pm.

  • To Phill O: I hope there were a lot of folks. And not of the mask-wearing variety.

    Minding your own business is good for your health, in general. In the US, it will keep you from gaining weight in 220 grain increments.

    There is still much to be thankful for. Let us look to the good, and not be distracted by the siren call of mediocrity.

  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    “On April 21, 1787, the Congress of the Confederation of the United States authorized a design for an official copper penny, later referred to as the Fugio cent because of its image of the Sun and its light shining down on a sundial with the caption, “Fugio” (Latin: I flee/fly, referring to time flying by).
    This coin was designed by Benjamin Franklin; as a reminder to its holders, he put at its bottom the message, “Mind your business”.”

  • Richard McM

    God bless you

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