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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HBO to create six-part “scripted” series on Musk and SpaceX

Where NOT to get your facts about SpaceX’s history: HBO today announced that it is going to create a six-part “scripted” drama series describing the history of Elon Musk and SpaceX.

In terms of story, the small-screen narrative will follow Musk as he develops the first SpaceX rocket and launches it into orbit with a handpicked team of engineers on a remote island in the Pacific. His dream of humanity colonizing the universe takes one step closer to reality with the first (and successful) manned Falcon 9/Crew Dragon mission on May 30, 2020. The participating NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, have since returned to Earth from the International Space Station.

From my experience writing non-fiction screenplays for cable television when I was still in the movie business, I can guarantee that this drama will have very little connection to reality, and is more likely to get numerous basic facts wrong. It will thus accomplish nothing but to misinform anyone who watches it.


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  • James Street

    Too bad. I know very little about Elon Musk but this seems to be a case where truth would be more interesting than fiction. Musk is another instance of the right person with the right passions, abilities and resources (and “luck”) at the right moment in history.

    The child is father to the man so the whole nature/nurture thing in the development of genius interests me. I looked on YouTube to see if there were any biographies of Musk. Not much. One short video said that as a child he was a bullied introvert who loved to read. The best revenge is a life well lived.

  • geoffc

    I always imagine that the kids who tormented him in school in South Africa should be living in constant fear for their lives.

    They tormented a guy who owns a company that can land an orbital class booster, basically where ever they want. Would not want to remind Musk in case he decides to land a booster on their house. (Yes I know, the range is limited, and whatnot, but still a funny thought).

    Converesely if Musk ever did decide to get revenge, who is to say that his Roadster out by Mars orbit, has an actual dummy inside the space suit, not a body he needed to get rid of.

    If they are going to make a fictional TV show about him, they may need some controversy.

  • Chris Lopes

    Disney (National Geographic actually) is doing a series based on The Right Stuff. I’ve read the book and seen the 1980’s movie too many times to count, so I was really looking forward to this one. The first episode convinced me the folks behind it don’t understand the material. It’s also presented in a rather lack luster fashion. Wolfe’s work is hardly a sentimental tome, but he managed to present the era with a bit of passion. So no, I doubt HBO will understand what Musk is trying to do.

  • Mitch S

    Hopefully one day someone will do an accurate , in-depth book or docu on Musk/SpaceX/Tesla but I doubt it will come from HBO.
    I wonder how HBO will adopt the story to their standards, I suspect there will be some changes.
    Perhaps Musk tells Jeff Bezos ” I don’t have to defeat you with my Dragon, I shall do it with my Falcon”.
    Maybe he’ll force Gwynne Shotwell to walk naked down the halls in Hawthorne.
    Or he’ll see a psychologist to deal with panic attacks while having his associates put “a hit” on Richard Branson.

  • Mitch S

    Of course I meant ” how HBO will adapt the story”. Don’t know if anyone would want to adopt the Musk HBO will present.

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