Leaving Earth cover

In 2019 I obtained from my former publisher the last 30 copies of the now out-of-print hardback of Leaving Earth. I sold about half of these, and with only a handful left in stock I have raised the price. To get your own autographed copy of this rare collector's item please send a $75 check (includes $5 shipping) payable to Robert Zimmerman to

Behind The Black, c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

I will likely raise the price again when only ten books are left, so buy them now at this price while you still can!

Also available as an inexpensive ebook!

Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel, can be purchased as an ebook everywhere for only $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.


Winner of the 2003 Eugene M. Emme Award of the American Astronautical Society.

"Leaving Earth is one of the best and certainly the most comprehensive summary of our drive into space that I have ever read. It will be invaluable to future scholars because it will tell them how the next chapter of human history opened." -- Arthur C. Clarke

The IRS scandal spreads.

The IRS scandal spreads.

This article does an excellent job of connecting the dots, both in terms of who and when, based on what we now know, from solid evidence. The author’s conclusion:

We now have a sitting Democrat congressman, Elijah Cummings, a sitting Democrat senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, the Federal Elections Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Internal Revenue Service all implicated in the scandal. Flax’s involvement puts the abuse squarely into the IRS commissioner’s office. But it takes an entity above all of those agencies to coordinate their actions. That entity can only be the White House.

Flax worked for the head of the IRS at the time, proving once again that this harassment was not instigated by “low-level employees in Cincinnati”, as claimed by Lois Lerner.

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.


  • wodun

    “But it takes an entity above all of those agencies to coordinate their actions. That entity can only be the White House.”

    This ^^

  • Cotour

    Until you have someone inside maneuvered into, for what ever reason, becoming willing to say that their orders came from a particular person or persons from the White House in the form of testimony / evidence, plausible deniability remains intact. They remain in the in-between sphere of politics and law.

  • wodun

    It’s like the mob, orders travel through so many intermediaries it will be impossible to track down who gave the original order. There won’t be a piece of paper with Obama’s or Jarrett’s signature.

  • Cotour

    A good analogy, although the world of politics is a bit different. Politics is the interface between the need for governance which can be an amorphous gray area that can appear unjust to the observer (citizens) at the edges and law which is more of a clear line between black and white. This governance entity state of being was what the founders had to flesh out to determine how the system might successfully operate. I think they did the best job to date, brilliant work!

    The president, Congress and the Judicial branches of our government and the empowered people that inhabit those positions enjoy the “flexibility” of this amorphous state of being, the mob however does not and must live in the hard world of black and white law. Government exists before law in many ways due to its need to maneuver and operate but is constrained and limited by certain rules of operation as per the Constitution, the mob comes after the law and has no such flexibility and operates after law.

    Although both operate through force, fear, lies, coercion and intimidation and it is well understood that both by their nature are corrupt and corruptible.

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