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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.

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Sarah Connolly & the BBC Orchestra – Rule Britannia

An evening pause: I like this verse, which they reprised, with the chorus, which all people should echo.

When Britain first, at Heaven’s command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:

“Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
“Britons never will be slaves.”

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.


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  • Robert Pratt

    A great lyric it is and long among my favorites.

  • Jake V

    That was really well done.

    In listening to refrain:

    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never never shall be slaves.”

    I keep wondering why on earth the United Kingdom ever chose to give up it’s sovereignty and become essentially slaves to Brussels.

  • wayne

    Jake V–
    highly suggest a lecture–
    “Britain in the 20th Century: Attempts to Construct a Socialist Commonwealth 1945-1951”

  • LocalFluff

    I’m surprised to read Americans appreciating this. Maybe the revolutionary spirit has abated and today your rightfully born Queen, at the grace of God, can claim her little cotton colony back from the rebels without too much resistance? The rejoined colony could be named “Greater Bahamas”.

  • LocalFluff

    Queen Elisabeth II was born only 50 years after the US civil war. She’s 91 in two weeks. US history is so very brief.

  • wayne

    Neil Young
    “God Save the Queen”/”America” medley

  • LocalFluff

    The arch bishop kisses the queen?
    That’s out of outrageous!

    The insane rituals of European monarchs:

    Imagine the mental illness required to dress up like that and act like that.
    “- Here’s a gold broderied tent and a silly gigantic metal hat that you are supposed to wear. And a couple of sticks for you to hold on to while you sit in your ridiculous chair-like piece of furniture.
    – Yeah, sure fat chance, liksom!”

    That’s why the republic was invented. Electing kings instead of just having them inbreed their strange rituals. It might not always turn out very well, but it is always better than this!

  • wayne

    “Mentally Ill, as the day is long.”

    Game of Thrones – The Hound (Chicken Scene)

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