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.

Why Isn’t Batman in the public domain?

Link here. As a writer who makes my living partly on the royalties I earn, I have still opposed every change to the copyright laws since 1978, as each change has extended the length of copyright far longer than was necessary to protect my rights. The result has been a concentration of power, in this case among a few corporations, something that should always be avoided.

Instead, the Congresses we have had in the past forty years have willingly corrupted the law in the worst possible way.

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  • mpthompson

    Bob, I apologize for the offtopic comment. There is something strange about your blog in that whenever I visit it, it’s only updated in my browser to how it was display when I last visited. I have to explicitly reload the site to see the newer postings. Yours is the only site I have this problem with.

    This happens to me in Chrome on both Windows and Android. I wonder if others are having the same problem and not understanding they will site your newer postings after they hit the reload button in their browser.

    At a technical level, this is probably an issue with the Expires and/or Last-Modified fields of the HTTP headers in the pages associated with your blog. There may be a setting in your blog software or web server to properly control these values.

    BTW, on your past recommendation I purchased your book “Leaving Earth” on Amazon and I’m about half-way through it. Very good stuff.

  • Matt in AZ

    I have the very same problem on one PC, but not at all on another. Both use Windows 7 and Chrome.

  • Andy Hill

    I don’t see anything wrong with extending copyright for individuals so that they can leave their descendants an income. you wouldn’t repossess somebody’s house after they died or demand their jewellery. Works of literature are just heir looms handed down like many other things. People leave land to their children to provide them with a future income so what is the difference?

    I think things change a bit if the original author sells the rights to a big corporation. Since they had no input to the creation I think they should be allowed a reasonable time to profit on it , say 50 years from the date of the original purchase, before it reverts to the public domain.

    I think that allowing others to use somebody else’s characters or plots to create new works is not a good enough argument against copyright. If they lack the imagination to generate something new themselves I think it unlikely that what is produced will improve on the original. This is more likely to produce pale imitations that have more to do with earning money than creating literary masterpieces.

  • I have forwarded you comment to my web guy to see if there is something we can do about this.

  • Cotour

    I have the same situation, I lost two weeks stuck on one story before I posted something and realized what was going on. Now every time I sign on and while signed in I now always remember to click reload. I think it started just after the new format was revealed.

  • Max

    I also must empty the cache and turn off my mobile device and reboot to get the current version and postings of the website.

  • D.K. Williams

    I’m not a big fan of the public domain, unless I choose to place my work there.

  • My software guy Shane has adjusted some settings. He says give it a few weeks and the site should no longer require this kind of fiddling.

  • Max

    I read a sci-fi book concerning this topic where computers in the future filed billions of patents on musical note combinations, color variations, speech phrases and quotes. Everything that could be patented including genetic variations was under indefinite patent rights. You can’t imagine the future, the entire world was controlled.
    Everything was recorded and you paid royalties on everything you said, every process you used, including teaching your own children. no new paintings or music could be created unless you come up with a novel way that hasn’t been patent before.
    Dupont got an extension on its chlorofluorocarbon patent extending it another 20 years which ended in the 80s resulting and cheap refrigerant for everyone.
    With the help of the Sierra Club, Dupont was successful and lobbying to get its own product banned from the market with a $10,000 fine for anyone caught using it just so they could sell a replacement product at 10 times the price. All in the name of saving the ozone layer from a product that is many times heavier than air. (keep in mind, free chlorine is everywhere. It’s in the drinking water, it’s in the swimming pools, it’s poured into the washing machine, it is released by the ocean when salt breaks down, but being released in small quantities in a stable molecule became a crime against nature)
    Dupont made billions more dollars over a fraudulent claim that is still being perpetuated today. New kinds of refrigerant have been created but none are as stable and cheap or reliable or as efficient and healthy as the old stuff.
    I hear China is buying old patents and is charging a fortune. Especially for antibiotics that still work. My brother used to help sorting computer code pattens purchased from Ma Bell. They are the root source code for many programs today.

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