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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

For those that wish to listen to me talk about this weekend’s success by SpaceX, I am right now going on the air with Robert Pratt on Pratt on Texas, aired on 790-AM KFYO in Lubbock, 1470-AM KYYW in Abilene, and 1290-AM KWFS in Wichita Falls.


We are now in the third week of my annual July fund-raiser for Behind the Black. My deep thanks to everyone who has so far donated or subscribed. The response this year has been wonderful.

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This year's fund-raising drive is also significant in that it celebrates the 10th anniversary of this website's founding. It is hard to believe, but I have been doing this for a full decade, during which I have written more than 22,000 posts, of which more than 1,000 were essays and almost 2,600 were evening pauses.

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  • LocalFluff

    And we who live on patches of the Earth that are not covered by radio transmissions in Lubbock, Abilene or Wichita Falls remain none the wiser. (Why not simply online it all?)

  • LocalFluff

    President Trump just held a short efficient speech declaring Antifa terrorists and that he will uphold law and order with federal troops if the governors don’t do it with their national guards already. Then he walks across the street to a church that has been vandalized, holding a Bible. (Anywhere in Europe this would be fantastic)

    Then Fox News asks Karl Rove what he thinks about it!!
    You gotta reform your news services over there. This is not good enough.

  • Robert Pratt

    The show us streamed by all affiliates, very common these days.

  • Cotour

    Local Fluff:

    You are correct, not good enough.

    But this chaos once again is an indicator of just how threatening the Trump presidency is to the Lefts efforts of the past 30 to 50 years in America and the world. And there can be no question about where ultimately this issue will be decided. The Democrats and the Left squirm as they are revealed for what they now are, un and anti American and destroyers of the Constitution.

    So this will probably get much worse before it gets better.

  • LocalFluff

    I’ve read enough ancient European history to realize that Trump will proclaim himself King of America after he has been re-elected. Ivanka will be very very happy, although she’ll have to wait for 30 years or so. This is how things go. It is no different now from how politics thousands of years ago.

    The argument will go: This is the King. And that is not the King. And everyone will be content with that. Because it’s the King. Trump will tell Boris:
    “- Gimme your K!”
    “- But, then we only have the U left. And I have to ask the Kueen and her mannerless children.”
    “-Deal with it! Or you will get the status of a mayor in Puerto Rico.
    (Is there something wrong with my sound powers, that makes my match players here not understanding my obvious will and purpose?)”

  • Cotour

    Local Fluff:

    You usually have a rational argument, this is America, what you propose will not happen.

    Why? Because the president and the people who surround him and the American people are dedicated to the Constitution and what it proposes and enshrines. This is not Venezaula, this is not Russia, this is not the Roman Empire.

    And Trump is not a Liberal Democrat / Leftist.

  • Cotour

    PS: And the American military is dedicated to and swears an oath to the Constitution, and that is where the rubber meets the road.

  • sippin_bourbon

    I am sorry, maybe there was some form of humor there that was not making it through translation… but I really could not follow that.

  • LocalFluff

    Trump is superiourly intelligent and realizes that only He can save America. So he will take himself the powers to do so. This is not a guy that just pretends to be a politician. The media aren’t exactly treating him like the Playboy cover girl. To him there’s nothing to it but power and results.

    The fanaticism of the left has opened the door for him to dictatorship. The constipation isn’t followed anyway, so what do have to lose? His opponents are all very stupid and incapable. What man in his position would not take the opportunity to change the course of history?

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