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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  • Phill O

    Thanks Bob for the great work. As you know, I cancelled my subscription to Sky and Telescope (after a few decades of support) due to their support of the riots in an editorial. When I recieve the check promised, guess where it will go.

    BtB has always been criticle of those who need to be critizied: even Trump and the GOP, as well as the DNC.

  • wayne

    Good man!
    –I was going to post a link to the Sky & Telescope collection at the Archive, so you could go back to before they lost-their-minds, but it appears to have vanished. (or I can’t readily find it anymore)

    That aside- you might find this useful some time:

    The Magazine Rack

    –206,616 items

  • Spectrum Shift

    Thanks Bob, for BTB

  • Alton

    Thanks BOB !!
    And for Wayne’s Link!

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