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. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

April 10, 2017 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Embedded below the fold. I like John Batchelor’s title for this podcast: “Capitalism in space means cheaper, faster, better, cheapest.


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  • Willi

    When the recording timer gets to 9:06, listeners may wish to skip to 10:30.

  • Willi: And why is that? Is there something wrong with the podcast during that 1:24? Or did you not like what was being said?

  • Willi

    Am I the only one tired of hearing the ad for the Casper mattress?

  • LocalFluff

    Your report turns out to be well timed, given the events and news that have quickly followed it. But it would’ve been well timed at any time these days, because capitalism in space is breaking through more and more all the time. There’s only one way in this trend.

    Spaceflight is transforming from creepy caterpillars protected by cocoons, to butterflies able to go anywhere.

  • Willi
    has a link to the April 11 broadcast that is only the second half. The first half is NOT John and Bob.

  • wayne

    (totally sick of Casper, the Shave Club, Simply-Safe, anything related to buying Gold/Silver, and all the survival-food stuff.)

    If you want to cut down on the inserted adverts, download the .mp3 files directly, skip the streaming, and (semi) take back control of your listening experience.
    (There’s only 40 minutes of actual Show per broadcast hour, the other 20 minutes are adverts & news)
    (right-click, save-target-as…listen to the file(s) at your leisure.)

    They generally insert adverts at the beginning & end of blocks (which are easy to skip), but have increasingly been inserting them in the middle of blocks as well.

    I’m afraid the days of acquiring totally clean (advert free) clips, from most everyone, is gone. Downloads & streaming are increasingly making up a substantial portion of the listening audience, and those listeners are especially coveted by advertiser’s.

  • Willi

    Wayne, as long as the spectrum display is available making it relatively easy to spot and skip the ads, downloading the ‘.MP3’ files isn’t needed, IMHO.

  • LocalFluff

    I bought one of those Casper engineered mattresses and it cured my back pain. Why are you complaining about it? :-)

  • LocalFluff

    @Willi again
    Maybe Mr. Bachelor is feeling lonely and is trying to sell a piece of his own mattress!? ;-)

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