Conscious Choice cover

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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and 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.

Blue Origin successfully completes another unmanned suborbital flight with New Shepard

Capitalism in space: Only one month after its first passenger flight, Blue Origin today successfully completed another suborbital flight with its New Shepard booster/capsule, this time flying 18 commercial payloads for NASA and others.

These details about the spacecraft itself I think are significant:

The New Shepard booster, Tail 3, and its associated capsule, RSS H.G. Wells, flew the mission. Tail 3 is dedicated to uncrewed science missions like NS-17, and this was Tail 3’s 8th flight.

…Blue Origin expects to fly one more New Shepard mission this year with sister ship Tail 4 and the crew-capable capsule RSS First Step

In other words, Blue Origin now has two working New Shepard spacecraft. This will allow them to eventually up their launch pace.


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  • Ray Van Dune

    So BO can go nowhere twice as often. Impressive.

  • Jeff Wright


  • What is meaning of ‘RSS’? In HG Wells?

  • Ray Van Dune

    Steve, I think RSS means “Reusable Space Ship”. They should have considered “BFD”.

  • pawn

    And another roll of the dice puts cash in the the bank for Bezos. They will keep rolling the dice till someone dies and for what exactly?

  • Edward

    pawn asked: “And another roll of the dice puts cash in the the bank for Bezos. They will keep rolling the dice till someone dies and for what exactly?

    For the same reason as airliner passengers died during the 20th century. If we fail to fly, we fail to learn how to do it right.

    Fortunately, the airline industry taught us not only how to fly safely in air but how to learn how to fly safely. Spaceflight will present a number of surprises, and we now have some knowledge of the dangers that we need to overcome.

    But we have to fly in order to learn.

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