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August 30, 2016 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Embedded below the fold. The phrase of the day: “Flight-Proven!”

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.


  • Phil: No, thank you! You created the panorama we were discussing. You should get the credit.

  • marge strach

    Shout out to John bachelor radio show 94.3 it’s how I found your website :) thanks for the cool updates
    I’m from generation who was 9 when we walked on the moon. It’s very sad the kids today have no clue how exciting nasa rocket launches were. President John Kennedy is rolling in his grave to see NASA being
    Far from its former self.

  • wayne

    Hey– very few radio-shows do Space as well as John Batchelor & Mr. Z!

    >Highly recommend Mr. Z’s, “Genesis, the Story of Apollo 8.” (I’m in your age-cohort & I saw that launch in-person, very spectacular!) You will enjoy the book– get an autographed hard-copy from Mr. Z., & the e-book version!
    You’ll enjoy this as well–
    “Robert Zimmerman – The Future of Space Exploration & Apollo 8 (The Moore Show)”

    -slight correction– SpaceX is a private company & they contract with NASA for launch/tracking, etc., services. The credit goes primarily to Elon Musk, and not necessarily anyone in our government, for the most part.

    “Believe in the Power of Free-Market Economics!”

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