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.

Stalemate continues in Israel

With 99% of the votes counted from this week’s election Israel, it appears that the stalemate between the right and left party coalitions (that has forced three elections in the past year) will continue, with neither obtaining sufficient seats in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) to form a majority.

The stalemate this past year has forced some consolidation in the number of parties, but not enough. Netanyahu’s conservative block remains the largest at 58 seats, but it needs 61 to form a government.

The problem remains the small party Yisrael Beytenu, which was once part of the conservative block but pulled out last year. Their leader, Avigdor Liberman, has repeatedly demanded the formation of a unity government, comprised of Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party with the liberal Blue-and-White party, thereby cutting out the smaller religious parties that form the rest of Netanyahu’s block.

Though this position appears to have caused Yisrael Beytenu to lose one seat in the most recent election, its base, made up mostly of Russian immigrants, has remained firm. These votes, while tending to be conservative, seem also hostile to religion, thus explaining Liberman’s demands.

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  • Jerry Greenwood

    A small special interest group holding sway over the nation’s political process. Tyranny of the minority?

  • Col Beausaber

    I served as Parliamentarian for my fraternity my junior and senior years and I got myself a copy of Roberts Rules of Order as soon as I was appointed (My given name is Robert, so I used to joke, “I’m Robert and I make the rules”). Anyway, in addition to the original text, it had a section commenting on it. In that section, I discovered the most important principle of democratic government. No, not Majority Rules, but….THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY MUST BE PRESERVED. So we may disagree with the position this group takes and their influence on policy, but we must acknowledge that they are within their rights, Sometimes, that leaves a sour taste in one’s mouth….Nazis marching in Skokie, Ill….the despicable Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam….I could go on and on, but not to allow them their rights, diminishes us all.

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