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.

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The entire world economy explained using cows

Heh. The sad part is how true it all is. Only one option produces wealth and prosperity, but humans seem determined to choose every other possible option instead, even though they all guarantee failure.

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  • Cotour

    That is funny, funny because its true.

  • Tom Biggar

    That’s not funny because it’s true.

  • Cotour

    Its usually a good idea to learn to laugh at the ridiculousness of existence. Human beings over intellectualize things because they can and I believe that that is Mr. Zimmermans point and it may not be classically funny but it is certainly ironically funny.

    Its just a different kind of funny.

  • David M. Cook

    At the end of the day, a cow’s purpose (like all animals) is to make as many copies of itself, spreading it’s DNA as far & wide as possible.

    Cows taste great to humans, so there are WAY more of them than would normally be possible.

    That sounds like a very successful batch of DNA, don’t ya know? I’m off to get a cheeseburger!

  • Tom Biggar

    You’re taking this too seriously. Both of us are right. It is funny because it’s true, but it’s also not funny because it’s true.

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