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.

On the radio tonight

For those who have nothing better to do with their time, I will be making another two hour appearance on Coast to Coast with George Noory tonight, beginning at 10 pm (Pacific).

I expect in the first hour we will talk about commercial space and the ongoing exploration of Mars. The second hour is usually reserved for questions from listeners.


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  • Alton

    Best waste of TIME ! ! !


  • Chris Lopes

    “The second hour is usually reserved for questions from listeners.”

    In other words, lots of questions about UFO’s.

  • t-dub

    Bob, I had been wondering when you would be back on Coast To Coast AM, I believe they had on Dr. Sky last night. I always appreciate hearing you on the radio, no matter the venue, so I will definitely be listening tonight.

  • Gary

    Thanks for letting us know in time for me to get a nap in so I can be up for the East Coast time zone. Really wish Noory would make that available as a podcast

  • Milt

    Coast to Coast has certainly has had its ups and downs, but at its best (borrowing Harry Harrison’s description of John W. Campbell’s editorials) is is — or at least it often is — “idiosyncratic, personal, prejudiced, far-reaching, annoying and sabotaging.” Going back to its early days with Art Bell, it became a shot across the bow of everything that the comfortable, self-satisfied establishment holds to be “true,” and it can still serve up a well-seasoned portion of barbecued sacred cow. Unlike most of the rest of today’s presstitute media, however, more establishment writers and researchers are also invited to have their say here, and — bless you George Noory! — they are unfailingly treated with courtesy and respect. Where else does *that* happen on the radio in 2021?

    As guest host Richard Syrett might say, put your cloak on a peg and pull up a chair with Robert tonight; you’re among friends.

  • Jeff Wright

    Listening right now at work on one of my jobs.

  • J Guthrie

    Good show. Nice break from the usual Pleadian Ambassador types.

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