World Party – Ship Of Fools

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.

An evening pause: Hat tip Jim Mallamace.


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  • wayne

    The Doors
    Ship of Fools

  • Garry

    Bob Seger also did a song called Ship of Fools, making this at least the third completely different song with the same title.

    I’m surprised that as a Michigander you apparently weren’t aware of that, Wayne. : )

  • wayne

    Thanks for that factoid. I’m only aware of the Door’s version although I have a vague memory of a Traditional Southern folk-song by that same name.

    Har–I’m on the SW shoreline, the Detroit Metroplex, is a World away.
    Not a yuuge Seger fan myself, although I did see him once at our local Hockey Arena. ($7 ticket, that dates me)

    These guys are from East Lansing and were very popular in my area in the mid 90’s. (sorta’, kinda’, polished, Midwest post-grunge-esque, and with heavy rotation on MTV.)

    The Verve Pipe –

  • wayne

    Back to the video–

    These guys do sound familiar, but I can’t readily place them. Are they known for other tunes?

  • Joe

    Somewhat jealous of Wayne, living so close to Lake Michigan!, I think I like the song with the same title done by Robert Plant from Now and Zen, ship of fools
    Not to diminish Jim Mallamaces suggestion.

  • wayne

    yowza… thank you–totally forgot about the Robert Plant version! (Yes, not to diminish Jim Mallamaces selection.)

    You really can’t beat, being near a Great Lake (any of the 5).

  • wayne

    I must put in a link to-

    Fixed Points,
    from Blair Ivey.
    -He has a well written & photographed literal tour of the Great lakes. (and some excellent material on local Portland, Oregon sites & adventures.)
    (7 parts total for the Great Lakes, if I recall correctly. Lots-o-good historical & contemporary factoids, and observations.)

  • Joe

    Agreed with Blairs blog, he did a very nice series on his trip through the Great Lakes!

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