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

Unsafe anthrax shipments more extensive than first revealed

Government marches on! The Defense Department has now admitted that the improper shipment of live anthrax samples was far more widespread than they originally told us.

“As of now, 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries are believed to have received suspect samples. We continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who is leading the ongoing investigation pursuit to its statutory authorities. The Department will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the public,” Defense Department said in a statement.

The Defense Department had previously reported labs in nine states and Osan Air Force Base in South Korea were impacted.

Words fail me.

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.
 

2 comments

  • PeterF

    I just wanted to point out that after listening to the breathless news readers (who carefully avoid any references to any deficiencies in the administration). that this is not on par with accidentally sending live ebola virus around the world. Its not like they shipped weaponized anthrax endospores.
    In fact, the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. is quite common. As are the saprogenic microorganisms (Clostridium perfringens or Bacillus fusiformis, for example) that are associated with certain forms of gangrene or the bacterium Clostridium tetani, that causes tetanus. All of these infectious agents are found in soil. (A cut from a rusty nail requires a tetanus shot not because it is rusty but because it was on the ground.)
    Anthrax is common enough that all veterinarians in the United States are required to have up-to-date vaccinations against it and anyone that works around grazing animals would be well advised to protect themselves.
    There is a reason why the border patrol asks if you have been to a farm or a ranch if you have been to Mexico. The highest concentration of anthrax in the world is just south of the border in Juarez.
    The most common method of transmission of anthrax is through eating the meat of an infected animal. If you travel to Mexico, its a good idea to make sure the meat in your burrito is cooked “well-done”.

  • Phill O

    True, Anthrax is prevalent around the world and shows up when there is a cool and wet summer.

    Do we know that the anthrax in question was not weaponized grade?

    Phill O.

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