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 Free Downloads page.  The novels The Plainsrunner and The Prime are available through the Books for Sale page.

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Denialists — Jesus and Mo


Jesus and Mo are discovering something about denialists. It seems a lot of people have something in common. Go check out the full cartoon to see what Jesus and Mo conclude from their discoveries.

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Ears


I looked up “ear helix” because I wanted to know if I was thinking of the right thing. Turns out I was, sort of. The ear does have a helix and it’s kind of what I was thinking of. Close enough, anyway. But what got me was seeing all those pictures of ears. It didn’t take long before they started looking strange. See what you think.

Just me?

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Publishing Sunward


The recording is complete and that means the book is ready for publication. In the next few days I’ll upload it to my chosen distributor, and make an announcement here when it hits the retail sites. Then I’ll take some time off before starting the next novel. I’ve already got a lot of it written in my head, but I look forward to getting it down on paper.

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The Denialist Playbook — Scientific American

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The six main plays in the denialist’s playbook

Doubt the Science
Question Scientists’ Motives and Integrity
Magnify Disagreements among Scientists and Cite Gadflies as Authorities
Exaggerate Potential Harm
Appeal to Personal Freedom
Reject Whatever Would Repudiate A Key Philosophy

Do those look familiar? They should. They’re being used now during this pandemic. They’ve been used to deny climate change, and earlier, the harm caused by tobacco. They’ve been used for over 150 years to attack the reality of evolution. Since the 1950s, tragically, they’ve been used to attack the polio vaccines. While we’ve managed to bring the number of annual cases of polio down to near zero in spite of it, we could have done it sooner and more easily without the intense opposition. Many more people could have been spared. You can’t tell that to the deniers, though. They’re still clinging to their beliefs, and using the same playbook.

From the Scientific American article by Sean B. Carroll:

The purpose of the denialism playbook is to advance rhetorical arguments that give the appearance of legitimate debate when there is none. My purpose here is to penetrate that rhetorical fog, and to show that these are the predictable tactics of those clinging to an untenable position. If we hope to find any cure for (or vaccine against) science denialism, scientists, journalists and the public need to be able recognize, understand and anticipate these plays.

The denialist playbook is now erupting around the coronavirus. Although COVID-19 is new, the reactions to public health measures, scientific claims, and expert advice are not. Attitudes and behaviors concerning the threat posed by the coronavirus (doubting the science), the efficacy of lockdowns and mask wearing (freedoms being eroded) and alternative treatments (gadflies over experts) are being driven as much or more by rhetoric than by evidence.

Go check out the article for the full picture.

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Recording Sunward

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I’ve finished editing the ebook and I’m satisfied that it’s ready for release. Now I’m into the recording of it. Now that the first few chapters are done, my voice is shaking of the rust and settling into its usual resonant timbre. I’m pushing it. I want to get it done within a couple of weeks so I’ve compressed the schedule a bit.

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