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.

Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn

An evening pause: This song, sung mostly by Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, was written by Jeff Wayne and is performed here as part of his musical concert of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. And yes, that is Richard Burton’s voice for the narrator.

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.

As always, I am looking for more suggestions for future evening pauses from my readers. If there’s something entertaining that you think will fit, comment here (without giving the link to the piece), and I will email you!


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    Looking for something short but good? Maybe something to generate comments? From music to the bizarre, I’ll send you a couple of links.

  • Localfluff

    This is the good reading of the audio book:

    I love audio books because they allow me (my eyes parallel to my ears) to multi task. But it must be read by a great reader. And this is. And it’s legally free. At 8 minutes into it the main character visits the observatory.

    The battle with the dreadnoughts in the River Thames, imaged in what I think the broken link wanted to link to, is a very memorable scene in the story. Our battleships against theirs. This is a very foresightful science fiction, published in 1896. It begins with a “present day” astronomy about what’s known about Mars. The main character is then taking lessons to learn how to ride the bicycle. As a new communication gadget back then, as the iPhone is today.

  • Lee Stevenson

    Thanks Bob, this inspired me to a listening of the full show… wonderful music and a great way to spend a lazy saturday morning here in Sweden.
    A suggestion for a pause, the debut single from a little known group “Camara Obscura” , great lyrically and musically, a perfect slice of pop, I think you will approve!

  • Lee Stevenson

    Sorry, it would help if I posted the link also!!

  • Mike Nelson

    Love your blog and evening pauses. Google “Nils Lofgren dream big” for a mellow and nicely messaged song on youtube.


    “Nils Lofgren dream big”

    That’s new to me Mike, thanks!

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