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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.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapter 50

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We’re down to the last few weeks of this experiment. It’s soon time to say good-bye to Sage and Tallgrass.

Their meeting is cut short by the arrival of the Sunwardians. Supervisor Steel tries to convince them to be careful with their weapons. They are not easily convinced. The Sunwardian vessel might be lost forever.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapters 48 & 49

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They meet an alien who warns them not to use their weapons. They begin to learn the truth. One of the crew is injured. They are taken deep into the giant space vessel to meet the ones behind it all.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapters 46 & 47

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Supervisor Steel has Specialist Blunt follow the arrows. They come to what might be a door with a doorbell. Tallgrass puts on his pressure suit and goes out to ring it. To his surprise, there’s an answer.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapter 45

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They arrive at the thing at L1 and begin a close examination of it. They get a surprise when they probe it with radar. They circumnavigate it and find something even more surprising. Blunt is afraid and wants to go home. They learn about the progress of the Sunwardian mission. After the circumnavigation they get a shock.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapter 44

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They pass the halfway point to L1 and begin decelerating. Tallgrass talks to his mom and gets news from home. They get a better view of the thing at L1, and it’s huge. Given what they see, they have to decide whether to continue the mission or turn around and go home.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapters 42 & 43

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Tallgrass reflects on everything that has happened. Blunt plays a joke on Tallgrass. They prepare to reverse Emissary and begin decelerating. Blunt apologizes to Tallgrass.

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Altruism’s Surprisingly Strong Health Impact

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As covered in my earlier post on Green Comet, Pronoid, altruism is good for you. This article in Scientific American adds to the evidence. While pronoia promotes the survival of individuals, groups and species, this article concentrates on the health and longevity benefits of altruism.

The benefits of giving rather than receiving are more than just spiritual.

Most people still seem to be ignorant about the impact such other-oriented behavior can have on their own well-being. Fortunately, several researchers have already stepped in to investigate this important question …

A few weeks afterward the researchers measured the blood pressure of both groups. It turned out the blood pressure (systolic and diastolic) of those participants who had spent money on others had significantly decreased as compared with the subjects who spent the money on themselves. Moreover, the decrease in blood pressure was similar in size to the effect of starting high-frequency exercise or a healthier diet.

The article goes on to describe several studies and experiments that give results supporting the fact that helping others helps ourselves. However, it also cautions that it is not true in all cases.

Of course, even here too much of a good thing can be detrimental. If people only concentrate on the well-being of others, they can ignore their own needs.

“There’s a big difference between pleasing people and helping them.” One should choose when and how to help, instead of being pushed to assist whomever happens to ask.

So, if you are truly giving and not being coerced into it, altruism is good for you. It makes you feel better and it might even make you live longer. But if you are coerced, if you feel that you should do it or must do it, then it can be bad for you. Help whom you choose to help, not necessarily whom someone tells you you should, and you will be happier and healthier.

via Exercise, Eat Well, Help Others: Altruism’s Surprisingly Strong Health Impact – Scientific American Blog Network

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The Plainsrunner – Chapters 40 & 41

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They give their vessel a name and set out for L1, and the mysterious object there. They lose contact with Mission Control, and Tallgrass fears for Seagrass’s safety again.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapter 39

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The Plainsrunner – Chapter 39

Tallgrass and his crewmates are launched into orbit, where they dock with the space station. They observe the ongoing construction of the incomplete second vessel, then they get their first look at their vessel, complete and ready to go.

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The Plainsrunner – Chapters 37 & 38

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Facts emerge after the devastating attack. They reply to the message from Sunward. Tallgrass visits Seagrass in hospital. A new member joins the team. They get their orders.

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