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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.

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5 Things You Don’t Know – Pearl Harbor

An evening pause: Some nice tidbits of historical trivia related to the attack that occurred this day in 1941 that forced the U.S. into World War II, and literally signed the death warrants for the Nazi and Japanese warlords.


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  • Visited in 2000. If you haven’t been, go. Stunning to see how tightly packed the ships were. Battleships were bow-to-stern. The Navy personnel, by example, if not direction, creates an atmosphere of respect. These American’s sacrifice sparked the US to a global superpower.

  • Jay

    I will tell you item#6. While upgrading the electrical substations at Pearl Harbor, I noticed a few of them had holes in the walls and roofs. I thought this was neglect of repairs on the part of the Navy, but I later found out that any building that was damaged from the attack was to remain in place. I was on hallowed ground.

    One uneasy moment I had there at the base was when I was working on one substation at a pier and a flotilla of Japanese destroyers came in for joint exercises. What really got me was the naval ensign of the destroyers is the Rising Sun Flag.

  • wayne

    great piece of back-story!

  • wayne

    “Edward Shames, last ‘Band of Brothers’ officer, laid to rest in Norfolk”
    December 5, 2021

  • Alton

    Congress Woman Janet Rankin was serving her second term in The House of Representatives, she had also voted against entering the First World War, both votes ended her only two terms in Congress.

    You might want to read the book: Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert B. Stinnett. Near end of life interviews with John Toland, historian of Pearl Harbor and Midway battles and Tom Clancy both were asked about Stinnett’s views and they said that they did Explain many things they had found during extensive researches but had never been able to prove.

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