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Crazy Drummers vs Europen X Holland

An evening pause: This appears to a Russian show where drum groups compete, kind of like the cooking competition shows that took over the Food Channel. They don’t tell us who won, but who cares.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • Erik Forsling


    I just bumped in here right now, just as I bumped into The Crazy Drummers recently – i love drums. I realised the same thing as you did, they make a brake, an no vinner is mentioned. And I say as you do “but who cares”. Me, I am not interessed in competition, so I am just as happy with not noing anything about any winner.

    The reason for me to bump in here tonight (night in Sweden) is that I was looking for something special related to drums om Google, and couldn’t resist to knock on your door in the big web. The little movie I hav seen before, but not your site. Please excuse if my language is a bit rusty. All the best. // Erik F.

  • Erik Forsling: You should explore the entire site. Click on banner at the top of the page (the picture of the astronaut on the Moon) and scroll down. Lots of fun stuff.

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