On the radio tonight

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.

I will be doing another full appearance tonight on The Space Show with David Livingston, beginning at 7 pm (Pacific).

As always it should be fun. Please feel free to call in with questions and comments. I would especially like it if you disagree with me and call in, as you might teach me something.


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  • Lee S

    Well, I am either too tired or too stupid to find the “listen live” button… 5 am here… 8 pm there, and much as I try, I can’t figure it out….
    I was looking forward to saying hello…

  • Lee S: I was disappointed that you didn’t chime in as promised. Oh well, there will be other chances.

  • Lee S

    Sorry Bob…. I am disappointed also, it would have been nice to say hello, and I had several questions for you regarding the upcoming Mars rover missions.
    It’s been a while since I listened live to The Space Show, and IIRC the ” listen live ” button was front and center during broadcast’s… It was no where to be found on either of my mobile devices ( my main “computing” devices… My laptop’s have been claimed by the kids!!)
    I will drop Dr Livingston a mail about the problem.
    The 2 bright points from this are I have some good listening when I download the archive, and I gained 2 hours flexitime from getting into work VERY early!!

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