Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and 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.

July 27, 2021 Zimmerman Space Show podcast

The podcast of my two-hour appearance last night on The Space Show with David Livingston is now available here.

Thank you to David and tor everyone who called or emailed questions. Twas a very good show, to my mind. It also allowed me hone my verbal description of my new book, Conscious Choice. When I finish a book, I tend initially to get buried in the details in describing it in interviews. This appearance allowed me to get an idea on how to talk about the book quickly, in summary. I think it went well, and will certainly get better with future appearances.


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  • Jay

    I wish I could have called in, in regards to California’s power. California is a big power importer. It is part of of the western grid made of the western U.S. states, B.C. and part of Alberta. When you plug in your appliance, you do not know where the electricity is coming from. The electrons from the coal power plant from Montana, Wyoming and Utah do not stop at the California state line.
    I always get a good laugh from this, California and Oregon are trying to get 100% renewables by 2030 or 2040. I am sure Washington state is right behind them, they want to get rid of four dams because of some fish. They are getting rid of their generation capacity and trying to replace it with renewables. I am sorry but a 1000 wind turbines and a square mile of photovoltaics can not take the constant demand and place of a 1GW plant. California decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) and next will be the Diablo Nuclear Station.
    What did California do with the generation capacity of SONGS going away? They now use their natural gas generator plants that are used to increase the peak generation to meet demand when it is greater, called “peaker plants”, are now running all the time and importing more power. Those peaker plants will go away due to the zero-emission law.
    Most of all the power for southern California comes from out of state: Palo Verde Nuclear in AZ, some from Hoover Dam, about a third from Utah’s Coal plants, and the other third from the hydro dams in the Pacific Northwest via the intertie. That’s no way to run a state of that size.

    You may feel good about yourself California, but you are just a load. Electrical load that is. Sorry to rant, but politicians have the science education of elementary school student when it comes to power.

  • Shallow Minded Reader

    Nice to hear you and Charles not talking over each other (to much).

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