Leaving Earth cover

In 2019 I obtained from my former publisher the last 30 copies of the now out-of-print hardback of Leaving Earth. I sold about half of these, and with only a handful left in stock I have raised the price. To get your own autographed copy of this rare collector's item please send a $75 check (includes $5 shipping) payable to Robert Zimmerman to
 

Behind The Black, c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652
 

I will likely raise the price again when only ten books are left, so buy them now at this price while you still can!

 
Also available as an inexpensive ebook!
 

Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel, can be purchased as an ebook everywhere for only $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

 

Winner of the 2003 Eugene M. Emme Award of the American Astronautical Society.


"Leaving Earth is one of the best and certainly the most comprehensive summary of our drive into space that I have ever read. It will be invaluable to future scholars because it will tell them how the next chapter of human history opened." -- Arthur C. Clarke

Nandi Bushell – Rock and Grohl

An evening pause: The musical talent and passion are both outstanding. The shallow philosophy, when compared to Aristotle or Plato or Moses (to list only a few), is kind of sad to watch. She really believes that life is that simple. As a child such shallow passion is fine. I fear however that in the arriving dark age no one will ever do anything to make her think more deeply.

Hat tip Mike Nelson.

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.
 

5 comments

  • Ed Shendell

    Why ruin the sheer joy of her innocence & talent. Her innocence will be ripped away from her at some point & she will learn to play the blues.

  • Alex Andrite

    Sadly, this is not a “Cool Image Time”.
    Nor is it a “shallow philosophy” Mr. Z.
    It is passion without reason or control.
    As, may be, the present and coming age.

    Sadly.
    Perhaps she will become “cropped and rotated” to realize her, and a true, perspective.

  • Alex Andrite wrote:

    “Sadly, this is not a “Cool Image Time”.
    Nor is it a “shallow philosophy” Mr. Z.
    It is passion without reason or control.
    As, may be, the present and coming age.

    Sadly.
    Perhaps she will become “cropped and rotated” to realize her, and a true, perspective.”

    My goodness. These are children. Let us not get carried away.

  • janyuary

    She’s delightful, but her musical accomplishments are, IMO, predictable, is the only word. Technology is making people appear to have much more ability than they do in reality, and that same technology as a crutch stunts their growth and development.

    Do you know the best way to use a digital tuner for any stringed instrument (bass guitar, guitar, or any stringed orchestral instrument)?
    The same way as Jose Feliciano would use one.

    Using the eyes for the most basic musical chore, tuning four to six strings (or up to 8 and 12 on double-stringed critters like mandos and fancy guitars) is a bad idea for all except professional musicians in a very loud venue. But used as they are today, digital tuners are thieves. They are like a crutch that ends up making healthy muscles atrophy. It breaks my heart when I see young folks thinking it’s something amazing (it’s not) when I tune my violin sans digital tuner but by reference of hearing a proper “A” on a tuning fork, from a lead player, or even calling up 440 hz on the computer.

    So again … I think the girl is cute and has a lot of enthusiasm that moves the heart, but her actual musical talent is nothing that particularly moves my musical spirit. The technology dominates.

    However I am happily confident that when it all comes out in the wash, music in the human spirit will always prevail … this little girl also epitomizes that dynamic. She will be liberated when the technology is removed and she must make music with nothing but string, wood, and ear.

  • pzatchok

    I like the enthusiasm.

    I hope she dues not lose it.

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