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.
 

How they drive through waterfalls in Nepal

An evening pause: In Tucson the signs always say, “Do not enter when flooded.” Obviously, they have a different approach in Nepal.

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4 comments

  • That is extremely high on my “Never Want To Do” list.

  • Localfluff

    It’s the last thing I would do. I suppose it has been for many…
    People do not want NASA’s extreme safety in space travel. So why does that policy exist? For religious reasons? Guys who go by (very poor) boats every day between a city and an island, although they cannot swim. They take much higher risk than any astronaut. If one wants to save lives, then maybe give life jackets to poor people having such jobs all over the world, and increase the crew stay at the ISS by one day to finance it. But no one cares about saving lives. NASA’s safety policy cares not at all about such things, it is a symbol deliberately intended to increase the money corruption and to prevent effective space flight.

  • Ted

    I just watched this. Amazing. I am sure this is really a Disney ride somewhere. The volume of water is incredible. The truck/bus seems like it’s glued to the road. Not a peep out of anyone on board.

  • Laurie

    Reminds me of driving along the Cabot Trail.

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