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.

Rogozin to take over Roscosmos?

I wonder if he used a trampoline: Less than a week after Putin dumped Dmitry Rogozin from his cabinet, a story in the Russian press suggests he has been offered the job as head of Roscosmos.

Under the government-run centralized Russian system, it would not surprise me if Rogozin gets this job. With the government, no one ever gets fired, they merely get shuffled about from one job to another. Results are irrelevant.

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  • “With the government, no one ever gets fired, they merely get shuffled about from one job to another. Results are irrelevant.”

    By way of illustration, I wrote some years ago on the effort by Portland to sell the Portland Loo to other cities (the Loo is a stand-alone public toilet). The person in charge of the effort stated that she didn’t really see her job as selling the Loo. I believe two were sold. A few years later, she was put in charge of the newly-created Portland Office of Healthy Working Rivers. That bureaucracy was dissolved after a couple of years (apparently government projects *can* die). I don’t know what she does now, but for several years she made a good living doing essentially nothing.

  • wayne

    “Rutherford unperson, substitute Olgivey. Olgivey bio to follow…”
    1984 (1984) excerpt

  • Noah Peal

    Meet new boss; same as old boss.

  • Localfluff

    The employees’ reaction:
    “- Rogozin fired as deputy minister for space.”
    – Yeay Hurray! Happy days are here again!

    “- Rogozin is installed as chief inspector for the Russian space program.”
    – I got a new job on the Mongolian railway. Shipping is shipping anyway, horizontal or vertical is same same. Not that we’re going anywhere new. Sad.

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