Leaving Earth cover

In 2019 I obtained from my former publisher the last 30 copies of the now out-of-print hardback of Leaving Earth. I sold about half of these, and with only a handful left in stock I have raised the price. To get your own autographed copy of this rare collector's item please send a $75 check (includes $5 shipping) payable to Robert Zimmerman to
 

Behind The Black, c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652
 

I will likely raise the price again when only ten books are left, so buy them now at this price while you still can!

 
Also available as an inexpensive ebook!
 

Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel, can be purchased as an ebook everywhere for only $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

 

Winner of the 2003 Eugene M. Emme Award of the American Astronautical Society.


"Leaving Earth is one of the best and certainly the most comprehensive summary of our drive into space that I have ever read. It will be invaluable to future scholars because it will tell them how the next chapter of human history opened." -- Arthur C. Clarke

American Airlines files for bankruptcy

American Airlines files for bankruptcy. Note this as well:

American was the only major U.S. airline that didn’t file for bankruptcy protection in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks that triggered a deep slump in the airline industry. The last major airline to file for bankruptcy protection was Delta in 2005.

This list of bankrupt airlines does not include Southwest, however, which has seen its business boom in the past decade. I wonder, could these other airlines be driving customers away with their high baggage fees, complex ticket rules that end up costing customers money or convenience, and their willingness to go along with the abuses of the TSA?

Whenever I can, I fly Southwest, because they don’t charge for baggage and allow me to change or cancel flights without penalty. However, I also fly as little as possible these days, mostly to avoid being treated like a criminal by the TSA. And I know I am not alone in this.

Thus, all airlines have lost business due to TSA abuse. You’d think they’d wake up and start to fight this government intrusion into their operations.

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.

 
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.
 

3 comments

  • Kelly Starks

    >… You’d think they’d wake up and start to fight this government intrusion into their operations

    Yeah, and have Obamas minions decide to audit them to death, or the FAA threaten to decertify airports that do that. Hell the feds played such games when airports tried to kick the TSA out adn go back to commercial security firms that were cheaper, more effective, and didn’t abuse the passengers.

  • Rene Borbon

    I agree. I had to endure being hand patted down again yesterday evening at Oakland International Airport because I refused to let the TSA look under my clothes with their machines. I am definitely thinking of curtailing my flying and others I know have said they are as well. I wrote my congressman and Senators here in Washington State and I got a great response from congressman Inslee just today about my privacy concerns over being treated like a criminal. I am a very patriotic American veteran of the Afghanistan War, with two military identifications and I felt like a criminal at the airport. The TSA agent asked me if I wanted a private screening room and I responded by saying, ‘Are you going to ask me to take my clothes off?’. The TSA agent did not like that. Our rights are being eroded by the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Kelly Starks

    >. TSA agent asked me if I wanted a private screening room and I responded by saying, ‘Are you going to ask me to take my clothes off?’. …

    TSA have undressed folks in public – and worse.

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