Global sea ice area is now at its second highest level ever recorded, and closing in on an all time record.

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.

The uncertainty of science: Global sea ice area is now at its second highest level ever recorded and is closing in on an all time record.

The link is also amusing in that it includes some interesting predictions made by global warming scientists and politicians in recent years, all predicting that the Arctic Ocean would be ice free by 2013.


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  • Cotour

    I believe its the Australian scientists that are still stuck in the ice in the arctic and no one can free them from it. The closest that a Chinese ice breaker has gotten to them is 7 miles. Watch the Chinese as well as the Australians both get stuck there for the duration of the winter.

  • Cotour

    They are not in the arctic they are in the Antarctic, where it is summer.

  • I saw that story about the scientists stuck in ice down in Antarctica. That’s too funny.

  • Don

    Naturally all that ice trapping the day trippers in the Antarctic is caused by…………. hold your breath! …………….. Globe-Al-Gore-Warming.

    No ice? AGW.

    Lots of ice? AGW.

    See! Ain’t ‘science’ great.

    Can I get a consensus here?

    Of course you all know what Michael Crichton said about consensus in science.

  • wodun

    OT: Looking forward to reading about the solar polar magnetic flip.

  • I’ll report it when it happens, but don’t expect anything significant to happen when it happens.

  • D. K. Williams

    I wish Dr. Crichton were alive to see his doubts about global warming confirmed.

  • Phil Berardelli

    It’s already happened — and, true to form, no fallout here.

  • This story seems generated not by any actual event but by that very bad press release I discussed here.

    I’ve been surveying the solar research webpages the last week and can find nothing that suggests the sun’s southern hemisphere has completed its flip. It might have, but if so, I can’t find any credible source that says so.

  • Pzatchok

    Well all I can say for certain now is that its will be caused by global warming, which we all know is caused by cow flatulence and the uncontrolled use of lawn sprinklers.

  • Edward

    No ice proves the anthropogenic global warming theory AND lots of ice proves it too?

    Now *that* is the kind of theory that *I* want to have. A theory for which no matter what happens (or doesn’t), it proves Edward’s Theory of .

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