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.

Issue with comments…

To all my readers, there appears to be a new issue with the comments filter that is tossing some perfectly legitimate comments into the spam folder. If you post and you see your comment disappear, please do not post it again. I will eventually check the spam folder and get it restored.

My web guy tells me this is an ongoing problem, and there isn’t much that can be done but to go to the Akismet site and complain. I will do this, but I expect that this problem will linger for the next few weeks. It appears that if I approve comments as “not spam,” eventually Akismet will begin to recognize this and will adjust.

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  • Laurie

    I noticed, but no worries.

  • Kirk

    This is a test message which I will post while the reCAPTCHA is still spinning.

  • Kirk

    Bob, there is a possibly related weirdness I’ve seen. If I check the “I’m not a robot” box, and then jump the gun and hit “Post Comment” while it is still processing and hasn’t yet drawn the green check mark, then the comment seems to disappear into the void, though the system seems to remember it and will complain about reposting the same comment if I try to send it again. (“Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!”) Perhaps they land in your spam folder, but I’ve not noticed such comments reappear.

    To aid your diagnostic, 2 minute before I post this, I will post in this thread a short comment stating only “This is a test message which I will post while the reCAPTCHA is still spinning.” If that shows up in your spam folder, then this might be one source of the false positives.

    Happy debugging!

  • Kirk

    … and neither comment showed up, so the “jumping the gun” issue might be unrelated. I do wonder if the second is in you spam folder (due to this new problem) and the first is lost in the void somewhere.


  • Lee S

    Ok …. test posting here….

  • Edward

    I have been experiencing this problem the past couple of days, but I have been waiting for the green check mark, as usual.

    Sorry for contributing to your multiple-comments-in-the-spam-filter problem. I have experienced this problem on rare occasions in the past. Should it happen in the near future, I will do as you suggest and be patient.

  • Edward: Right now I am repeatedly checking the spam folder and approving comments there. Increases my workload, but from what I understand, if I do this for awhile Akismet will eventually register my approvals and stop sending these commenters to the spam folder.

  • Alex Andrite

    “If you post and you see your comment disappear, please do not post it again.”

    That is what my kids use to say to me during our serious life challenging conversations, but not an actual translation … almost, but not actual …..

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