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.

The Declaration of Independence

Link here. I think today it is worthwhile to read the whole thing, even though it is the first sentence in the paragraph below that is most often quoted. The following sentences are just as important, though less frequently quoted.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

All governments tend toward oppression. Power-hungry individuals always act to use the power government wields for their own corrupt purposes. Thus, Jefferson was correct above when he said that, when those abuses become bad enough, it is the right of the citizen “to throw off such government.”

We sadly might be approaching a time in the U.S. where such action will once again be necessary.

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  • Orion314

    This idea that the bad guys with money and power/influence all the way to the top of corp/government are just going to let us put the handcuffs on them , and duck walk them to gitmo, is really whistling past the graveyard.
    Happy 4th of July to all patriots.

  • Mike Borgelt

    Happy Independence Day, USA. A beacon of freedom for the world. From an Australian whose government is free to oppress us because we do not have a Constitution that limits its powers.

  • Jwing

    Article V Convention of States…the founders thought of all possible contingencies. It’s up to us to act just as they acted over two centuries ago. Nothing really changes.

  • Ian Clark

    Happy 4th of July from Berlin.

  • commodude

    It’s not just the tyrants, it’s the enablers. Every time someone utters the dread phrase “there outta be a law to stop……” they play into the hands of the tyrants. Sometimes it’s with legitimate good intentions, other times it’s just the ever-present need to be in control of something or someone else when they have no power personally. Picture, for instance, your average HOA president……

  • Max

    From the above article;

    “All governments tend toward oppression. Power-hungry individuals always act to use the power government wields for their own corrupt purposes”.

    Since all our rights come from our Creator, and cannot be bent or shaped (unalienable) does this mean that all those who would change/ alter /remove our rights have a God complex?

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