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On the radio

I should have posted this earlier, but I am acting as a quickly scheduled emergency guest for Coast to Coast with Connie Willis tonight, from 10 to 11 pm (Pacific). Should be fun.

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. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

4 comments

  • Josephine

    Times have not changed so much as the willingness of others whom try to tell everyone how to live but do as they please.

    I had seen the changes in our sky; a small black streak stretching across the horizon and a planet in front of Venus that did not belong; it should not have been Mars because Mars was on the other side in 2016. With so much happening fire, rain, cold and dry; are we really sharing or just giving our life away with little benefit in return. A war could make the Earth like Mars.

  • Max

    I heard you last night, what a surprise… Great fun. I discovered you because of coast to coast. I remember I was impressed by reason and logic instead of emotion-based science.

    Josephine;
    Interesting writing style, almost like poetry.

    Hypocrites have always existed, not until Internet age have we been so aware of them.
    Leonardo DiCaprio and Al gore comes to mind. Flying around in private jets burning thousands of gallons of fuel to tell us not to drive our cars. Sometimes they fly from California to New York or Chicago for pizza or a sandwich. It must be good to be rich, and without any morality.
    A planet in front of Venus? That would be something to see, I wonder how I missed it.

    ” are we really sharing or just giving our life away with little benefit in return”
    My mother used to say something similar, but she had 12 children. In the end it was definitely worth it.
    Those who share with an expected benefit are often disappointed. Giving our life away is preferable to wasting our life away. When people I help say “we could not have done this without you” there is no higher payment I could wish for.

    “A war could make Earth like Mars”
    I don’t think so… I grew up in southern Utah downwind from the US nuclear test site. Thousands died from the toxic nuclear fallout from hundreds of bombs, many people I knew. Today it is one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Life finds a way to survive.
    There’s never been a time in Earths history without war, The grass is at war with the trees, the fish is at war with the shark, the deer is at war with the cougar and wolf. On the outside, a forest and lake will look beautiful and tranquil, but underneath it’s full of violence everywhere.
    95% of humans are with peace with their surroundings and with the other humans. It only takes a few to ruin it for the rest. We are so smart, we keep coming up with more efficient better ways of killing each other but being an optimist, some day Mars will have life and look much different than it does today.

  • Lee S

    Is there anyway to listen to this program? I’ve tried to find it on the coast to coast website without much luck…

  • Max

    Lee S,
    The live broadcast on the website you must pay for. If you don’t have a local radio station that carries the program, you can use a radio app. (which are usually free like “tune in radio” or “I heart radio”) locate any station that broadcasts on the Internet that carries the live performance. (Roswell, New Mexico for example)

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