Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

Regular readers can support Behind The Black with a contribution via Patreon or PayPal. To use Patreon, go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation. For PayPal click one of the following buttons:


Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


If Patreon or Paypal don't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to

Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

Democratic spokesman for Democratic governor threatens reporter with arrest

When a reporter arrived at the Democratic campaign office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to pick up copies of the candidate’s income tax records, already released to other more friendly news agencies, he was escorted from the building and threatened with arrest.

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.


  • Cotour

    Unrelated but related:

    I just watched a trailer for a movie called “Interstellar” starring Mathew Macaunhey, yes the earth is dying (from what the trailer does not indicate) and Mathew and a couple of other people are sent to another galaxy to some other planet in that galaxy to “save” the planet earth! OY.

    And in the story line I believe in the beginning he says while finding what looks like some kind of drone, after being asked “what are you going to do with it?” (meaning the drone).

    His response: “something socially responsible”.

    And by me pointing this out does not mean that I do not think that people should not be doing “socially responsible” things but this appears to be all part of playing into training Americans into thinking that they can significantly effect things at this point in our history on a planetary scale while traveling intergalactically!

    There are people who will believe that this is contemporary science and technology and adopt and support the mind set and agenda that plugs into it. In other words the politics and agenda of the left. Like I said, OY.

  • wodun

    There was an article passed around last week that hoped this movie would be a return to serious science fiction but it looks like more cliche dystopian climate fear mongering. I plan on seeing it anyway as I am a sucker for science fiction.

  • wodun

    The reporter was threatened for arrest for not leaving a building, aka trespassing. The reporter had every right to go ask his questions and the politician had every right to ask him to leave. What this wasn’t, was a threat to imprison a reporter for a story they wrote or an attempt to silence them. In other words, this isn’t like Obama spying on the AP or Fox News.

  • Cotour

    Enjoy the movie, I would be very interested in your interpretation, please report.

  • Pzatchok

    Let a republican politician pull the same stunt and watch him be crucified until he leaves office.

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *