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A quick holiday fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black!
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In past years I have managed to avoid asking for donations for Behind the Black during the holiday season. My finances however now compel me to do a short one-week fund-raiser, from November 11 to November 17.
I do not use Twitter for ethical reasons, which I have been told cuts down on traffic to the website. So be it. Furthermore, Facebook has clearly acted in the past two years to limit traffic to Behind the Black, almost certainly for political reasons. So be this as well. Finally, I do not post outside ads, as I have found them annoying to my readers and not that profitable to me.


Therefore, I need to ask for the direct support from my readers. If you like what I do here, please consider contributing, either by making a one-time donation or a monthly subscription, as indicated in the tip jar below.


Regular readers can support Behind The Black with a contribution via paypal:

Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:

If Paypal doesn't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652


Or you could consider purchasing one of my books, as indicated in the boxes scattered throughout the website. My histories of space exploration are award-winning and are aimed for the general public. All are page-turners, and all not only tell the story of the beginning of the human exploration of space, they also help explain why we are where we are today. And I also have a science fiction book available, Pioneer, which tells its own exciting story while trying to predict what life in space will be like two hundred years in the future.


Note that for this week only I am also having a sale on the purchase of the last 20 hardbacks of Leaving Earth. (Click on the link for more information about the book, which was endorsed by Arthur C. Clarke himself!) This award-winning out-of-print book is now only available as an ebook, but I still have a handful of hardbacks available, normally for sale for $70 plus $5 shipping. For this week only you can buy them, personally autographed by me, for $50 plus $5 shipping! Just send me a check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to the address above, with a note saying that the money is for the Leaving Earth hardback.


Please consider donating. Your help will make it possible for me to continue to be an independent reporter in the field of space, science, technology, and culture.

An evening pause: A very nice performance of a very nice melody.

Hat tip Diane Zimmerman.



  • pzatchok

    Just re watched the Ken Burns Civil War documentary.

    It used this song quite a bit to great effect.

  • gus deVries

    1.Beautiful music
    2. Robert Zimmerman made a comment on Coast to Coast radio about “science becoming philosophy ” and vice versa. Could you have him send the exact wording. I would not want to repeat it without being correct. Or where I could find it.
    Outstanding information.

  • Gus,

    What I said was that science tries to explain “how” things happen, while philosophy (which includes religion) tries to explain the “why.” When scientists begin to delve into the “why”, they are no longer scientists but are becoming philosophers instead. And when philosophers try to explain the “how”, they are no longer philosophers, but are becoming scientists instead.

    The mistake both make when they do this is not recognizing the differences.

    I hope that helps. And if you quote me, please credit me. You could even give Behind the Black a plug! :)

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