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.
 

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An evening pause: As John Adams predicted right after ratification of the Declaration of Independence, Independence Day “…ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

It was a declaration for freedom. And even if freedom dies here in this country, the idea will live on, as long as the individual soul of any human beats strong.

As an aside, check out this old post, before I moved to Arizona, when I used to participate on a fireworks team.

Hat tip Willi Kusche.

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5 comments

  • wayne

    For fireworks, I must highly recommend:

    “Thunder Over Louisville”
    2018
    https://youtu.be/b-eCtUQSkew
    28:29

    -Largest annual firework display in North America. Once you’ve seen this, nothing comes close.

  • If that doesn’t make you smile, you’re dead. Very cool.

    @Wayne: I notice that over on Google “Thunder Over Louisville” ranks #4 in the world. That is worth seeing.

  • Edward

    when I used to participate on a fireworks team.

    That is wonderful! My brother used to know a guy who did this, and I was invited to help, one night. What fun it was, as we got to sit pretty close to underneath the show. I don’t quite remember how far the audience has to be from the firing tubes, but it is something like 50 feet per inch diameter of the largest shell. This is why the sound takes longer to get to the audience for each shell size in the video.

  • wayne

    Edward–
    interesting factoid!

    Blair–
    “Thunder over Louisville,” is incredible. There is something exploding, literally every second, non-stop, for 30 straight minutes. Once you seen this, any other firework display is sick in comparison. (they utilize 4 barges in the river and shut down the interstate bridge temporarily)
    –Not sure of the current budget, but historically they’ve used around $20+ million in fireworks, all of which is corporate sponsored.

  • wayne

    Saturday April 13, 2019
    Thunder over Louisville
    https://thunderoverlouisville.org/

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