My annual February birthday month fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black is now over. It was the best February campaign ever, and the second best of all of my month-long fund-raising campaigns.


There were too many people who contributed to thank you all personally. If I did so I would not have time for the next day or so to actually do any further posts, and I suspect my supporters would prefer me posting on space and culture over getting individual thank you notes.


Let this public thank suffice. I say this often, but I must tell you all that you cannot imagine how much your support means to me. I’ve spent my life fighting a culture hostile to my perspective, a hostility that has often served to squelch my success. Your donations have now allowed me to bypass that hostility to reach a large audience.


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December 10, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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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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  • Jay

    I noticed that John Batchelor does a few of his shows from Azerbaijan. This is the second time I have heard him there. Is there a big story there or is this a working vacation?
    I miss listening to him on my commute home. The local station pushed his show one hour later to play Michael Savage, whom I do not care for.

  • Chris

    John Batchelor is a national treasure.
    There is no greater depth of detail nor level of understanding in such a succinct package.

    Mr Batchelor has gone to Azerbaijan three time I believe. these are at the request and sponsored by both Azerbaijan and his other sponsor for global business, Scala. I may be a little off on this but I think it is essentially correct.

    In his travels to Azerbaijan Mr Batchelor has raised my education on this part of the world quite a bit (e.g. Azerbaijan had women’s suffrage before the US). Azerbaijan is in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. My understanding of this region is very limited. Perhaps my fault or the fault of an education and media system that focuses on Europe, North America and China/Japan.

    In any case, Mr Batchelor has helped reveal a majority Muslim country (over 90% -lazy not looking that up) that has good relationships with Israel and is working to improve their standing in the West. Mr Batchelor’s travels have opened my eyes to this country and removed some of my prejudice w.r.t. Muslim countries. This reporting also shows the emergence of a Soviet Block country rising from under the Soviet grip after their fall. From his reporting it seems that Azerbaijan is trying to enter the world as a mostly capitalistic country with reasonable freedom for its citizens.

    On this most recent trip Mr Batchelor travels to Azerbaijan at what looks to be the possibility of a longer term solution to the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Here we see in-depth reporting from an area somewhat ignored by the main stream press (MSM/MSP) in the US. This country and region could, may or will play a major role in providing energy to Europe. This is but one story I do not see much coverage on by the MSM.

    With all this said, i would like to see more coverage by Mr Batchelor or others (since his coverage of the US, Europe, Space, Tech, History …etc.) of places Like Latvia, Estonia and Indonesia, Maylaysia …etc.

    I apologize if I took this far away from the original question – but I cannot say enough about John Batchelor’s reporting.
    Try the pod cast and listen at your leisure.

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