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.

Clemson administrator proposes that candidates be prescreened for ideology

Fascist: An administrator at Clemson University has proposed the student government consider prescreening candidates for the proper multicultural ideology prior to elections to prevent the wrong candidates from reaching office.

“So when it comes to this whole idea of intercultural competence, what would it look like to have a standard for if you’re going to be elected as an officer, or hold a seat within CUSG [Clemson University Student Government], that you have to demonstrate that you have a certain level of intercultural competence, before you’re allowed to take that office, or that seat,” Richardson stated, according to CUSG Senate’s public livestream.

The administrator, Altheia Richardson, Director of Clemson’s Gantt Multicultural Center, suggested that the student government could either prescreen the candidates, or demand that they be properly educated after winning, though she added that “I will say, once you’re in, it’s harder to hold people accountable for those things if it hasn’t been set as a standard before.”

In other words, this fascist doesn’t like the opinions of some people who have been freely and fairly elected to student government office, and wants to establish a system whereby she can prevent such people from ever obtaining office. How nice.


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  • LocalFluff

    Producing anything massive in space that is worth bringing down to Earth, that has a hard time covering the shipping costs. Unless if what’s produced up there is digital! And thus can skip the delta-V import tariff.

    Like this guy, Mark Dice’s youtube channel! He goes angry on my behalf so that I can instead laugh at it. He could do that from a tin can in orbit. Unless he actually has to hit someone, anyone, after each daily episode. I would.

    Bill Nye, who for some incomprehensible reason is CEO of The Planetary Society, used Earth Day to launch his new “science show”:

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    Yeah, LocalFluff, I bet you’re right; that will become the McGuffinite of space: freedom.

  • mpthompson

    “Bill Nye, who for some incomprehensible reason is CEO of The Planetary Society”

    I couldn’t believe it when that happened. I let my membership lapse and haven’t looked back since. I’m certain Carl Sagan and I would have many differences politically, but it in no way diminishes my respect for Carl and his efforts to reach out to common folks regarding the wonders of the universe revealed through the eyes of science. Bill Nye is a creepy shill for the left-wing establishment, nothing more.

  • wodun

    They already do this for prospective professors and other employees at most colleges.

  • My American passport is official recognition that I’m ‘interculturally competent’.

  • D.K. Williams

    As an alum, I am appalled that the State pays six-figure salaries for people to spout such nonsense. Sadly, this happens at colleges all over the country, although it’s generally done with more subtlety.

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