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.

Salt N Pepa – Whattaman

An evening pause: Something different, and quite good.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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  • Cotour

    While I enjoy listening to the lyrics of songs like this, and like this Sir Mixalot:, all very creative and original. However the underlying commentary about how juvenial and unsophisticated this segment of our culture is and remains is disturbing to me in many ways.

    This also translates to the tattoo phenomenon where it appears that the physical markings on the outside is suppose to be a replacement for actual personal substance and accomplishment. The lionizing of “Hookers” and strippers, violence against women, “Bling”, cars, “Baby Daddy’s” and the organized destruction of the American Black and White family models is not good from where I sit.

    Is it a more honest interpretation of reality with no pretense? Maybe, but there is something very unsettling about it to me.

  • wayne

    aahhh! earworm-alert! I hate that song! (but I did listen until the first refrain.) It’s an entirely overrated genre, very little of it is done well in my opinion, and like most “culture,” it’s highly mediated.
    Rap, is just not my bag, although I used to listen to Eminem quite a bit, for work. (and my daughter was a teenager in the 90’s and my wife & I were big fans of pacific northwest grunge.)

    The “baby daddy” thing really irked me to no end when I was working with 20-something clients who talked like that on a daily basis. But, it is about the most precise phrase for the situation. (Which is incredibly sad.)

  • Cotour

    These are the cultural models that are being promoted and endorsed and poured into the heads of the youth of America and the world. It concerns me.

    Lets be hopeful that like Liberalism much of its core philosophies will ultimately be rejected by many of them. There will however always be those who will not be able to see past the vapid, surface, juveile materialism and will remain like that until they die.

  • wayne

    –tangent-I’m seeing you folks in NYC are having major headaches with some of your commuter trains.

    The “culture” concerns me tremendously. (There is a war on, for your mind.)
    Concurrently, I’m a big believer in “more speech,” and acutely aware “they” told me comic books, movies, & television, would rot my mind.
    -Don’t have an easy answer, it’s a multi-generational battle to take back the Culture.

  • Cotour

    Wayne, I don’t know that the culture necessarily needs to be “taken back”, but wherever it is going it does need to be based on something other than surface, external tribal symbolism and iconography and constant juvenial sexual references and materialism in the form of jewelry, cars, boats, Dom P etc. There is no there, there.

    How much candy can a person eat before they sicken of the experience? How many babies does it take creating with no father figure or family structure before you come to understand the damage that has been done? It may take a while but eventually you must come to understand. Then where are we?

  • wayne

    From my experience; some people will eat as much candy as they can acquire.
    (On the upside, most of us don’t.)

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