Welcome to Green Comet

These free novels, Creative Commons licensed Green Comet, and its sequels Parasite Puppeteers and The Francesians, tell an expansive story of love and adventure on an inhabited comet. To learn more about the trilogy, and for samples, visit the Welcome Page. To download the books, visit the downloads page.  The novel The Plainsrunner is available for purchase at these outlets. The Prime is available at these stores.

Human Rights — Article Four

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

I don’t think there will be any confusion about Article 4. No slavery. No person shall be a slave. No one will be bought or sold as a slave. No one will own, use or trade another person as a slave.

Once again, we haven’t completely eliminated it, but we have come together and abolished slavery.

rjb

Human Rights – Article Three

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Article 3

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

This one is pretty straightforward. We all have the right to live free and unafraid. Of course, there are plenty of ways we can lose those things. Nature doesn’t seem to be impressed by the proclamations we make, any more than the tide was impressed by King Canute. But these are human rights we’re talking about. These are the rights that humans give to each other, against actions taken by humans. The right to not have our life taken by other humans. The right to not have our freedom taken by other humans. And the right to not be afraid of being attacked by other humans.

rjb

Translation — Cometa Verde


As I announced last Fall, David, at Artifacs Libros is translating the Green Comet trilogy. Today he contacted me to let me know that he has finished translating the first volume — Green Comet. I have had a look at it and it appears to be well done. The layout is good. The modifications to the cover are good. The front matter is better than the original. However, since I can’t read Spanish I can’t say anything about the translation itself. I’m thinking of running it through a translator and seeing how it looks back in English again.

Meanwhile, I would really appreciate it if any of you who can read Spanish would download Cometa Verde and let the rest of us know what you think.

Thank you.

rjb

Human Rights — Article 2

Public Domain

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article two emphasizes the universality of the rights we are entitled to. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you’re from or what you think, you are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as everyone else. There is no gradation of rights for people who are more or less deserving. There is no special dispensation for countries or regions that have their own ideas about who deserves what. The rights are universal.

rjb

New Look for Green Comet


After almost ten years, I’ve decided to give the Green Comet website a new look. I say decided, but it was almost forced on me. Warnings started popping us saying that the site software was no longer going to automatically adjust my chosen theme’s appearance for mobile devices. There was no guarantee that the old theme would be able to do it, so I had to choose a new one to keep that ability. I didn’t want visitors on mobile devices to get an inferior experience, so now we have a new look.

I’ve tried to make sure that we didn’t lose anything in the move, but it’s hard to be sure. If anyone notices anything I’ve missed, please alert me in the comments.

Thank you

rjb

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