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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.

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On the radio

A minor note of interest: Coast to Coast has decided to name me their official science adviser. This means they will be giving me more air time to talk about space, astronomy, and other issues relating to science. Should be lots of fun.

And I must say it, for every minute I am on the air talking about the really exciting discoveries in real science, it will be one less minute they can waste talking about silly stuff like UFOs and ancient civilizations on the far side of the Moon. Without doubt this can only be a gain, for them, their audience, and society in general.


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  • Ken

    They are also firm believers in global warming, please talk some sense into them.

  • Peter Francis

    Agreed, Ken. People are entranced by amazing stories, often fabricated. What Mr. Zimmerman provides (and thankfully more so on C-2-C AM) is the real-time stories of space exploration are some of the most captivating. Pace all the worldly encumbrances that retard, space exploration will continue to be a fascinating vista without end.

  • Nick P


    Whether or not Richard H’s ideas are silly is a matter of opinion, but he certainly has been entertaining.

  • Cotour

    I would not say that that is true, Coast has many varied guests on many varied subjects and they in general discuss both sides of an issue or Mr. Noory throws out relevant questions.

    Some subjects are pretty wacky and down the rabbit hole but in general I do not believe that George Noory himself is a “Global Warming” / “Climate Change” adherent, quite the opposite, he understands the political manipulation that is under way that uses this “global warming” Pavlovian trigger terminology .

  • Cotour

    I will look forward to a show where you are paired off with someone like Jaques Valle.

    Valle is a very reasonable and highly educated investment banker / investigator and has some very interesting thinking about what we do not know about time and space and what UFO’s may or may not be. If not nothing explainable and they are something, than what?

    But its the possible pairing of you with Richard C. Hoagland in a segment that I would think would be a bit of an interesting circus to listen to and might have you looking to jump out your window (your in a one story house I hope).

    I listen to Coast often and your segments are always top of the line, congratulations.

  • Nick P


    I agree with you. George does not seem to take a position on the topic but if anything he’s struck me as a skeptic, which I consider myself as well. That’s not to be confused with a denier. It just seems to be that the man made global warming hypothesis is far more politics than science.

  • danae

    Excellent news, Bob!

    Someone behind Coast to Coast is showing signs of intelligence. Patrick Moore’s interview last night was another step in the right direction.

    With your enthusiasm, plus all that’s happening in space, you should definitely have enough ongoing exposure to nudge listeners’ interest more toward scientific endeavor. Sadly, I’ve had no response to three emails asking that George inquire into your caving experiences. But, whatever an evening’s topic may be, your half of the conversation will always be intelligible to the layperson, and refreshingly honest.

    Congratulations, and best wishes!

  • Don


    As far as debating Hoagland, he’s a hog. He does not want debate. In fact over the years they had guests on that were 180º opposite some of Hoagland’s fantasies, and somehow Hoagland managed to call in and wreck those interviews. I recall Art Bell acting surprised one night (big laugh!) when Hoagland was put on the air. The show went straight downhill that night as Hoagland was his usual drama queen self.


  • Thank you for the kind words, as always.

    Hey, where are those evening pause suggestions?! For the first time in almost a year I am about to do a scheduling run and I have no suggestions from Danae!

  • Willi Kusche

    So, the suggestion I made wasn’t good enough?

  • I remember first hearing you on the John Batchelor show in 2003/2004 somewhere in there and have always enjoyed your appearances on with John. I look forward to hearing more of you on the radio.

  • Hoagland is not a spring chicken anymore and honestly would expect the amount of trouble he can cause will decrease with time.

  • David M. Cook

    That’s quite a coup, unseating Richard C. Hoagland as Science Adviser.

    Robert, whenever you are scheduled I make it a priority to catch that evening’s show! Kudos!

    Perhaps you could place a link to the C-to-C web site on your site? I can’t bookmark pages on the library’s computers.

  • t-dub

    Congrats Robert, this is awesome. I love hearing you on Coast. Your enthusiasm is wonderful and I love to close my eyes, listen, and let my mind luxuriate in the experience you bring to the airwaves. I e-mailed George, and the producers, a while back asking to have you on more often and I see here others have done the same. Glad to see they are listening to us. Give the public what they want. More Bob Zimmerman!

  • Nick P

    David, I wouldn’t say anyone unseated Richard. He now has his own broadcast program 5 nights a week. Out of courtesy, I won’t say where.

  • Absolutely not! I haven’t gotten around to scheduling things. I plan on doing some tomorrow. When I do that, I email you.

    Send more Willi. I really appreciate it.

  • Dave

    The only reason CTC is ditching Hoagland is that he’s got his own show five night a week now. I have to say, however, that Zimmerman won’t last long if he continues to believe that the UFO topic constitutes “silly stuff.” No reasonable person who is familiar with any actual documentation of the phenomenon would ever paint that broad of a brush over the subject of UFOs. It tells me that the new science advisor is probably a poor choice. Perhaps the appropriate title should be Resident Pseudo-skeptic. I’ll suggest it to George.

  • “Perhaps the appropriate title should be Resident Pseudo-skeptic.”

    Hey, people can disagree, but your approach to debate, calling me names, is beneath you. I have the right to be skeptical, and the obligation to say so if I am.

  • For the first time since Coast listener 2005 (WLS then iPhone app) – the last few weeks I’ve found myself looking at the previous night’s shows to fall asleep to, and rolling my eyes at some of the topics, thinking man have we REALLY run out of topics to talk about now? And will now generally only put on the shows that deal with quantum physics, space flight and archeology etc. Richard has about 3/4 very good valuable material that keeps me entertained, engaged and he’s a very good orator. I don’t mind the theories on moon bases and what the Apollo crews may have seen and all that good stuff. It taps into my love of Sci-Fi, and who’s to say. Especially when other speakers talk about Nean-Sapiens being compatible, and that how do we know we haven’t done this rodeo before a million years ago and we would find our own human ruins on other local bodies? i think we would have found some kind of fossilized ruins here in some layers, buildings and technology but..

    The last couple hours last week of you (Bob) made me look deeper and see if you had a show of your own or how you host your material. Very good orating, well presented and make for fun listening!

    I have a theory, and if you listen carefully at one of the most bizarre exchanges I’ve ever heard on Coast couple weeks ago, Richard had a hard-on for pushing George into hosting the Pluto Fly-By, and kept needling him to get the producers to extend the show longer. It was very awkward and I bet George had some very serious words for him on the break?
    Maybe that was what got you in and he out.


  • Kevin L. Sealy

    Steve Warner ( interviewed Hoagland over the weekend about exactly this. “George threw a hissy fit on the air” were Hoagland’s own words. He really unloaded on Noory.

  • This a wonderful choice they’ve made!
    And Congratations, Bob!
    I’ve been a listener of C2C since Bell was host. Then Noory, with Punit and Wells (whom I still follow on Caravan to Midnight). Safe to say C2C have gone a lil wayward on quality guests and topics the last year or so, but to have you to listen to is definitely a plus for ALL listeners!
    ‘Just the facts Ma’am’. A pleasant addition to help keep things in perspective. Space travel and technology has grown exponentially the last 5 years, it’s good to hear someone talk about it who KNOWS what is going on with it.
    Hear you next time. Have FUN!!

  • D.K. Williams

    Congratulations, Bob!

  • Greg Jones

    Bob, this is good, but you can do even better. Art Bell will return July 20th as a streamcast and conventional radio show. I personally believe Art Bell crafted and now will craft a better than George Noory’s C-2-C.

  • Cotour

    Its reasonable to be skeptical about a high percentage of what ever has been observed, especially from the 60’s on due to certain lets say military and “other” manipulations, tests and technological what have you. But being skeptical still does not answer the question about an all be it small percentage of very hard to explain events.

    To just relegate your judgement to the safe box of skeptisism is just that playing safe which is scientifically valid but it still leaves questions unanswered. If these things are something, then what are they? Science is about answering questions, even if they make you uncomfortable.

    I actually think that having a skeptic brought in on the issue is a much better way to go instead of a Kool Aid drinker that sees secret civilizations who forgot to turn the lights out on their secret base on Ceres or someone who makes definite statements about things that no one is able to make definite statements about. You be a skeptic, Coast will present you with some challenges to reasonably explain.

    One example? Bentwaters. I look forward to the conversations.

  • t-dub

    I can’t believe Art is coming back!!! This is fantastic news!!! Looks like a 2 hour pre show with open lines on the July 19th with the first show on July 20th . . . :-)

  • t-dub

    Oh and Bob can’t be the science advisor on Art’s show because Richard Hoagland is and he also will be broadcasting his own show right after Art’s.

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