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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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  • wodun

    I have set up recurring donations to a number of websites through the Brave browser BAT system. It is a small monthly sum but it is contingent on how much I get paid for allowing Brave to show me ads. If enough people do it, it adds up. So far, is the only site that I set up donations to that participates in the program.

    I don’t know how the systems works for content creators but I do like a system that gives me money for my attention, even if that is also a small sum. I just bring this up in case people are unaware.

  • Zeno Joseph Preimesberger

    I’ll have to look into this! Billwhittle. What a refreshing host, George found, to here just B4 the country birthday. Thank you! Robert you sounded good over the radio waves. Like my father’s teachers R.I.P. dad. I’m happier hearing about the privatization of space. Happy 4th of July!

  • LocalFluff

    I heard you complaining about Roscosmos on the Batchelor Show again.
    I’ve read a bit about Russian history. It’s one disaster after another, then it gets worse. They never were so well off as during the last 20 years of Putin reign. Peace. Food. Not being whipped. Everything is perfect! No surprise he is so popular. He has centralized Roscosmos because someone’s got to do it right and he takes on the responsibility. Like Napoleon, it only gets right when he does it himself.

    Here’s an amusing account of when Russia in 1904-5 sent their Baltic fleet to Japan, a space flight scale kind of project of the time:

    Admiral Rogozin to Putin:
    “- Let’s try that ocean thing again!
    – Njet, it’s China’s turn now.”

    Admiral Rozjestvenskij shouting at the next ship:
    “- You on the czar’s rusty brothel bathtub, do something about the coal shortage and throw yourself into the oven!
    (Hands over the megaphone to the Madagaskian talking parrot on his shoulder)
    – Or I will crucify you on the anchor and fish for a shark!
    – Hey, hear that! Finally one sailor here who understands something!
    – You’re Jap’s food sushi. Polly wants more vodka.”

  • Edward_2

    Today, July 20, is the 51sth anniversary of the First Moon landing and walks in Human History – courtesy of the United States of America and NASA.

    G-d Bless America and the engineers and pilots who accomplished that historic achievement.

  • janyuary

    Highly recommended to support …… A subscription pays off double in a way because on top of Mr. Zimmerman’s essays and reports, there are the comments by astute and articulate readers. Kindred spirits. I look forward to reading the comments as much as the articles that inspire them.

  • Warren W. James

    Keep up the great work. You are a voice of sanity in a crazy world. I just subscribed as my way of helping to keep your voice out there where it can be heard.

    Ad Astra,


  • Warren: Thank you! The support is truly appreciated.

  • LocalFluff

    You should rename the site to Back Behinds and really see your click numbers take off to space!

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