Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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  • Michael

    Purchased Conscious Choice from ebookit.

  • Lee Stevenson

    Quote “I will never be silenced.”, And I hope, to any god you choose, you never will be Bob! You and I, and the rest of your readership disagree on many things… But we all fight on the same hill when it comes to free speech!
    A few of my socialist dollars will be cast your way this evening.

    Never stop what you are doing!

  • Lee Stevenson

    Book purchased, along with a small chip in… I am fascinated to read it, although it might take a while, I promise to give you my review…


  • John

    Seems so dystopian that that a book title has both slavery and future in space.

    And if dollars are the only concern, I can get both Conscious Choice and Apollo 8 for $10 from ebookit.

    And that sidesteps Amazon, which loves to cancel conservatives.

  • Jeff Wright

    I wish you had not linked the may backfire and cause a target to be painted on space. A history of Europes slaves under Barbary pirates was a greater crime than Tulsa.

  • Jeff Wright: Maybe you should consider the radical concept of reading my book to find out why I link slavery and the future of space exploration.

  • Jeff Wright

    Even working two jobs…to service debt…it is all I can to to buy food.

  • Lee Stevenson

    @ Jeff Wright, send me your email…. Mine is loonyman99 ( remove the space before the @) and I will chip in a couple of dollars, mostly for Bob ;-) but also so you and me both can read the book. I am also skeptical of the whole premise, but I can’t honestly condemn anything I know nothing about.

  • Lee Stevenson

    I’m not sure this tangent is anywhere near on topic… but… quote from the article… “from 2,201 to 1,696 deaths.”…

    I will never deny there has been an awful amount of bullcrap regarding all the figures spouted during this pandemic, but to be fair, 1700 deaths is not insignificant.

  • pzatchok

    Sorry but I could not find the mans email.

  • I have no idea what format I just bought. I seem to have gotten something that will ship (I was asked for an address and nothing downloaded), so I assume paperback, but I have no idea WHY. It’s certainly not what I wanted. Bookshelves are so last century. On the plus side, after I read it, it will end up at Goodwill for others to pick up.

    If I ever use eBookIt again, I’ll pay more attention.

  • That was weird (i.e. it violated expectations). It sent me an email with links (good for 72 hours) for each format. I now have the .mobi format. Yay!

  • markedup2: Thank you for your purchase. And please consider using ebookit if you decide to buy more of my books. I earn more from them and you aren’t sending money to Amazon.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Robert – Bought your book. About half way through it. Learning many things as I read.

    Read Ibrhim Kendi’s How to be an Anti-racist book. His description of how slavery began was sophomoric and factually in error many times. Wish I could slip your book into our public Library which has 12 copies of Kendi’s book and 10 of DiAngelo’s White Fragility book.

    Great book thank you for writing and publishing it.

  • Doubting Thomas: Thank you for the kind words.

    If sales are as good as I think they are, I will add a paperback version. When I do, you and all my readers should go to their local library and demand they buy copies.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Robert –

    Finished the book. Good reading. Learned a lot. Good documentation on your surmises on the positions (Royalist – Parliamentarian – Puritan) of historic individuals.

    Thought you did a good job connecting the past dot with the future dot. Pulling a book or two from your references for more reading on the past.

    Thanks for the writing the book. Important contribution to this time in our country, no matter how things turn out.

  • Doubting Thomas: Thank you for the feedback. Feel free to post this on Amazon, if you are inclined.

  • Doubting Thomas: Also, what books spark your interest? I am curious.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Robert – I have asked for the following books for no other reason (except one) that they piqued my interest when I scanned the bibliography. You should have seen our local librarian come running from her office to ask if I had read the “primary” references yet: Kendi & DiAngelo. I have, it wasn’t hard, each book had 4 or 5 copies on the shelves. You may get me run out of town on a rail but we will see.

    Transformation in Slavery, A History of Slavery in Africa by Lovejoy.

    The Formation of a Society on Virgina’s Eastern Shore 1615 – 1655 by Perry – You really intrigued me on the entire topic of how society went off the rails in Virginia want to read more.

    American Slavery, American Freedom by Morgan (This one I had seen referenced in two other places – So I am intrigued by the concentration of recommendations).

    Slavery in the Antebellum South by Stampp.

    Except for the Morgan book, I saw multiple books in your biblio that intrigued me and I sort of randomly picked the one I would try to get thru Inter-library loan. Anyway again, it was a worthwhile purchase, let us know if and when you get a paperback version – If I haven’t been run out of town, I’ll make an attempt to get it into the town library.

  • Of the books that interest you, the most well know is Morgan’s, which for decades has been go-to book for explaining the rise of slavery in Virginia. It is a very informative book, but in the end his book fails, because he is a late 20th Century historian who doesn’t see the actions of the individuals he describes but only mass social forces.

  • markedup2 opined:”Bookshelves are so last century.”

    When the power goes out, I can still access books.

  • Skunk Bucket

    I really enjoyed reading Genesis, Leaving Earth and Pioneer, so I just bought Conscious Choice. I’m really looking forward to the chance to settle into my armchair with a nice beverage and spending some time learning something new.

  • mkent

    When the power goes out, I can still access books.

    Even more importantly, the publisher of my books can’t legally break into my house and edit them after I buy them if he decides he doesn’t like the way something in them is written.

  • pawn


    Thanks for keeping this site up. Your Mars photos alone are worth the support. I really miss being in the flow and in the know but your stuff keeps me happy enough for now.

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