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My February birthday fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black it now over. I sincerely and with deep gratitude thank all those who donated. Without your support I could not keep doing this, not so much because of the need for income to pay the bills, but because it tells me that there are people out there who want me to do this work. For those who did not contribute during the campaign, please consider adding your vote of support to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, in any one of the following ways:


1. Zelle: This is the only internet method that charges no fees. All you have to do is use the Zelle link at your internet bank and give my name and email address (zimmerman at nasw dot org). What you donate is what I get.


2. Donate through Gabpay, using my email address zimmerman @ nasw dot org.

3. Patreon: Go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation.

4. A Paypal Donation:

4. A Paypal subscription:

5. Donate by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman and mailed to
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
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The February 2023 Behind the Black fund-raising campaign-THANK YOU

My annual February fund-raising campaign is now over. I decided to shorten it by two weeks because I was tired of begging my readers for money. As expected, this will likely make this a much smaller campaign then previous years. So be it.

Nonetheless, I sincerely and with deep gratitude thank all those who donated. Without your support I could not keep doing this, not so much because of the need for income to pay the bills, but because it tells me that there are people out there who want me to do this work.

For those who did not contribute during the campaign, the tip jar is still somewhere on this webpage. Please consider adding your vote of support to Behind the Black.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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.


All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. The ebook can also be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • wayne

    Mr. Z.,
    Serendipitously, I just mailed a donation to your PO box this morning.

  • wayne

    Paul McCartney –

  • Dave Walden


    I know in the grand panoply of contributions mine are small, but I wish to double my monthly contributions, but please advise me on the most efficient and convenient (for me) manner.

    I receive notice of my bank account being debited each month, and I no longer use Paypal. How might I satisfy my wish without writing a monthly check?

    Thank you for your wonderful site and your work to maintain its’ valuable service!


  • Dave Walden: First, thank you for your monthly donation since 2016. It is appreciated far more than I can express.

    Second, you might not realize it, but your monthly payment is still being processed through Paypal. To end this, you need to log into Paypal and cancel it.

    Third, you have two other digital subscription options for making automatic monthly donations. The preferred is Zelle, since it charges no fees. It is used in conjunction with an internet bank account. If you have more than one, you need to choose the one that you want to use with Zelle. You then log into that account and follow the instructions at the Zelle link there.

    You make payments by assigning them to my email address. With some bank accounts, Zelle allows the option to pay a monthly amount to that email address. You need to look to find out if that option is available with your bank.

    If not, then the other option for paying a monthly subscription is Patreon. Go to my Patreon webpage and select a tier, or pick the option for creating a custom subscription amount. Note that Patreon charges me about 12%.

    I hope this helps.

  • Forrest Fuller

    Mr. Zimmerman,

    Your contributions to the John Batchelor show have always been a highlight of my week. Your command of current events both on Earth and beyond is unparalleled. Your book “Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8” was an excellent experience as well as informative. While I am of no extravagant wealth, and the hobnail boot of Uncle Sam is familiar on my Millennial back, I shall enjoy sending you a cheque in the mail tomorrow. Happy birthday to you sir, I look forward to your future work and I am certain I will always remember these years of listening to you and Mr. Batchelor fondly.

  • Forrest Fuller: Thank you in advance for your donation.

    As you liked Genesis, you might consider buying some of my other histories. I suspect you would especially like Conscious Choice.

  • Catch Thirty-Thr33

    We share a birthday month. Happy early birthday!

  • Joe Rosario

    Happy birthday Bob! Hope you have an enjoyable day! Thank you for all the informative space content. I enjoy your commentary on this site and your appearances on both the John Batchelor Show and The Space Show. Pioneer and Leaving Earth are two of my favorite reads.
    Wishing you all the best!

  • Mark

    Hi Bob,

    Have a happy birthday. I usually thank my Mom on my birthday since she did all the work. :-)

  • wayne


    “The Universe in a Mirror”
    WGBH Forum
    Live at the Explorers Club (June, 2008)


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