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“Can anyone on board fly an airplane?”

A feel good story: “Can anyone on board fly an airplane?”

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.


  • joe

    Yes this is a feel good story, I have no doubt that the first officer could have landed the aircraft by herself, I think that with the captain having a heart attack, a lot of confusion and emotion entered the flight deck, the lady did the correct thing by putting another pilot in a seat to help with the radio and the check lists, it was a definite plus that this military pilot had landed at this airport, the news media needed to put this into their initial story.

  • Wow. Two of the top five things you don’t want to hear on an airplane in one flight. Nice to see that everyone worked to expectations: i.e. did their job in a professional manner. I do think The Mail’s noting of the co-pilot’s sex in the lead bullets was a cheap way to put eyes on content.

  • joe

    O k Blair, what are the other three things you don’t want to hear?

  • #1: This is a hijacking.

    #4: We have a malfunction.

    #5: Prepare for ditching.

  • Joe

    I agree, no good options for anyone on board. Hopefully I will never have to tell my passengers any of those!

  • I wrote a post on Five Things You Don’t Want to Hear. You may find it amusing.

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