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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Brick thrown through window of Democratic senator

They are coming for you next: This morning staffers arrived at the regional Roanoke office of Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) to find the front window smashed by a brick.

“This morning prior to 8 a.m., an individual threw a brick through the front office window of Sen. Warner’s Roanoke office,” Warner’s communications director Rachel Cohen said in a statement to CNN. “Thankfully due to the early hour no one was in the office at the time.

Local police were reportedly called to the office after being notified of an individual carrying bricks walking around the area. The suspect, who has yet to be identified, is a slender white man expected to be in his early to mid-20s with light-colored hair, according to CNN. Local police are also reportedly looking through surveillance footage of the incident to identify the man.

We do not yet know if this was politically motivated. It if was, however, it is unacceptable. You cannot have a freely elected government of, for, and by the people if the opposition parties are at each other’s throats with guns, bricks, pitchforks, and torches. And that applies to conservatives as well as liberals.

In the end, the evil people who commit this violence will team up, and use their power against everyone, regardless of party or policy. It will be a bloodbath, a reign of terror, as has been seen repeatedly from France in the 1700s to Soviet Russia in the 1920s to Germany in the 1930s to Cambodia in the 1970s to Rwanda in the 1990s to Venezuela today.

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