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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.

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.

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Dad vs Daughter

An evening pause: It seems there is a fourth story plot available to writers (see yesterday’s evening pause).

Hat tip Tom Biggar.


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  • Scott M.

    Youth and skill are no match for age and treachery.

  • Edward

    I don’t know which is worse, that old, treacherous me knew exactly what was going to happen as soon as she stated the rules or that I got a laugh out of it despite that knowledge. Or that I’m still laughing and can’t stop.

  • Lee Stevenson

    It’s just genuinely funny… My daughter (13) and son ( 15 ) , often think they can fool me, but after 50+ revolutions around the sun… We all know, there is very little that is new! ;-)

    I hope you are all having a nice weekend! Here in pinko commie Sweden, summer has arrived with a vengeance! 4 weeks ago it was snowing, now I’m sitting in my shorts in the back yard at 21.40 enjoying a cigarette and glass of wine before bedtime. I can imagine this will be a problem for the first Mars / moon colonists… I can survive the bloody awful dark Swedish winter, because I can look forward to a short, but very sweet summer… I can get thru the time when leaving your door open could cause you to die of hypothermia, because I know that the time will come in a few months when I will be leaving my door open for some fresh air… I guess I should just ask an ISS astronaut…. But I just wanted to share, the joy of sitting in my back yard, with shorts on, and watching the sun go down..!

    Have a nice weekend guys!

  • Tom Biggar

    When I showed it to a friend, she commented that dads have a purpose that no mom can fulfill.

  • Lee Stevenson wrote: ” . . . now I’m sitting in my shorts in the back yard at 21.40 enjoying a cigarette and glass of wine before bedtime. I can imagine this will be a problem for the first Mars / moon colonists . . .”

    The wine, maybe not so much; the cigarette, there might be a problem.

  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    Good weekend to you as well.
    Dude, prey tell– how much are cigarettes, in the socialist-utopia?
    Having a little heat wave in the Midwest here, and our electric utility just instituted (june 1st) their “peak-pricing program,” wherein I get to pay 1.5 times the ‘normal’ rate for electricity, between 2pm-7pm.

    I’ll toss this in here—

    Bob Trout CBS radio
    3:31 am EWT June 6, 1944

  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “It seems there is a fourth story plot available to writers (see yesterday’s evening pause).

    On reviewing “yesterday’s” (Thursday’s) Vonnegut video, it seems to me that the story plot in Dad vs. Daughter is either Vonnegut’s first plot, “man in hole” or his second plot, “boy gets girl” (although this is an unexpected way to “get” the girl). The difference is that, although Dad vs. Daughter starts at the beginning, it ends before it reaches Vonnegut’s “Electricity” part of the plot. Which of these stories is being told, of course, depends upon whose point of view of the story. If it is the daughter’s point of view, then she gets into the hole. If it is the dad’s point of view, he gets the girl.

    Keep in mind that this could also be Vonnegut’s third plot. It just ends thirty seconds into the story, and the girl never gets above the ill fortune level on the graph. It is part of the “day in the life” portion of the story, where we find how low the girl’s life has sunk and how she expects the rest of her life to be like (explaining the expressions on her face at the end of the video). After all, who needs an evil step mother or any step sisters when you have a dad like that? This story ended before the fairy godmother could arrive to rescue the girl.

    What we are really missing is the rest of the story. Does her fairy godmother save her? Does youth and enthusiasm get revenge over old age and treachery? Does Vonnegut present a fourth plot line for the computer to emulate? And what about Pauline’s peril?

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