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.

On the radio

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  • Phil Veerkamp

    In a symbiotic manner Robert Zimmerman and John Batchelor produce fountains of knowledge and shower the globe with desperately needed information.

    . . . then Robert performs a credibility dump on Coast to Coast into the black hole of nincompoopery that is “Georgy Noory”


    [you’re an educator not an entertainer, Bob] . . . FWIW, I’m a fan of CTC . . . but really, Bob!

  • Cotour

    Coast to Coast is where the sane, meets the Outer Limits, meets the flat out delusional. Noory needs him, someone has to represent the sane.

  • Excuse me, but I don’t say anything different on C2C than I say on John Batchelor. If anything, every hour of my presence on C2C is an hour less they can waste on UFOs, alien invasions, and pseudo-science. When I appear there, I am doing it to provide real information, and I do it in an entertaining way.

    Are you a snob? Do you think I should avoid C2C because you think I am better than them? I find that attitude repugnant. I treat them with the same respect I treat everyone, and that means if they are willing to let me appear and speak my mind, as I wish to, then I am going to do so. In the end, I think we all benefit.

  • hondo

    I found you Bob thru John Batchelor, and love you both – in a manly way of course. I will catch you on Noory.

    Your passion for what you do is sooo great! – that even Noory’s podium appeals to you. You are definitely the better (and braver) man than I.

  • D.K. Williams

    Well said, Bob.

  • pzatchok

    I listen almost every night. Its the best station I can get for the drive home.

    Its always at least entertaining.

    Tonight I will actually keep listening even after I get home.

  • Cotour

    Are you working out the “disco ball” like beacon mounted on the ISS to attract the aliens with the nuke mounted to destroy them after its determined whether they are Malevolent or Benevolent concept?

    Is this a DARPA initiated project?

  • Frank

    Good job on C2C last night Bob. Listened to the whole show.

    You always share interesting science and the extended format provided ample time to go deep and wide. I also noticed that you kept the conversation grounded in science and technology, avoided George’s invitations to go “paranormal”.

    You are a pro.

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