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  1. I finished reading “Green Comet” last night.

    I found it to be well written and really enjoyed the book and I will give a short synopsis/review for those who might find it helpful. I am defiantly not a professional reviewer so bear with me.

    “Green Comet” comes in three sections. The first takes place in the present time. This leaves the reader with many unanswered questions. The second section goes back into past where the reader learns what has transpired and gets their questions answered. The third and last section picks up at the end of the first section and brings the reader up to date.

    In my opinion the romance between Elgin and Frances is enough to keep the female readers interested and it is not overpowering to the male tech minded reader. On the other side the technical side is well researched and fits the overall plot. All the characters are believable and I found that I have know people in real life that show the same traits and emotions that Jim has included in the people of Green Comet.

    Jim ended it perfectly where all the characters can proceed on to other adventures in capturing other small comets and meeting more villainous civilizations. This reader eagerly awaits the next installment.

    I highly recommend this book to all who have an interest in science fiction, medicine, even if it is ever so slight. This book is acceptable for the younger readers for it does not contain any offensive or gratuitous sex or offensive language. The violence that is contained is no stronger that what would be found in the reading of a history book.

    Long live the people of Green Comet.

    Steve Richardson

    • Thank you so much, Steve. I think you encapsulated it well. You describe the tone and feeling of the story so well that it’s even clearer to me now.-)

      I really appreciate your contribution.


  2. Unquestionably the most enjoyable Sci-Fi read I’ve had in a very long time. +1 recommendation for anyone who’s a fan of quality science fiction! Thanks rjb!

  3. This is an excellent read! You construct plot well, and the reader is intrigued to keep reading. I enjoyed it very much, and appreciate your making this available.

    I don’t know what your future plans about this are, if any, but a couple of things came to mind as I was reading that might be worth thinking about:

    1. It is not clear how a “dirty snowball” could provide the resources that a colony obvious needs for thousands of years, especially as the sunlight is weak at best most of the time. Calcium and aluminum have been found in the comet’s tail, but what else would constitute the resources you speak of? Seems to me it would be better if something were said about that, even if it is totally fictional…

    2. Once contact has been established with the other surviving Comet, it disappears from the narrative–if I remember correctly. You might want to think about bringing it back toward the end somehow.

    3. Every human is unfailingly good, and the only evil resides in a machine gone crazy. Since human experience contradicts this perception, should this utopian vision be addressed directly somewhere/somehow? Maybe give it a fictional explanatory mechanism (some kind of unusual selective pressure?)…


    • Thank you, Jerry. It’s obvious you put some thought into it.

      1. Everything comes down to not wanting to over-explain, and to keeping the size of the book down. I was aiming for about 300 pages.

      Some of the things I was keeping in mind to try to justify the possibility of living in comets: Comets have veins and pockets of hydrocarbons. They have sulfur compounds. Bacteria can consume these and produce electricity and oxygen. Comets have cyanide compounds that are formed by non-spontaneous thermodynamic reactions (req. input of energy from cosmic rays, eg.) They are higher in energy than their constituents and breaking them releases excess energy and useful elements (nitrogen and carbon.) And they came in a hundred ships, providing a convenient black box of resources.-)

      2. I would have included more Orange Comet, but word count again. I did make passing and/or glancing reference, but I know it wasn’t enough, even for me. Oh well, there’s always the future. Or maybe someone else can “fill that in.”

      3. I guess I just like nice people. To be fair though, they’re not all good. There’s the GPB, the Eye on the Square blogger, and other references to people doing bad things. It’s just that the people we focus on are good. But you have a good point. I consciously avoided gratuitous conflict because I’m personally tired of it. I prefer to hang around with nice people, so that’s who I wrote about.

      BTW, they’re not humans. Their planet has more than one moon, so it can’t be Earth. I wrote about them as if they were human so I wouldn’t have to explain too much, but with the understanding that it’s just a convenience. For instance, they might have scales or feathers or something else altogether, but I used fur for familiarity.

      Again, thank you for your thoughtful comments.


    • “Every human is unfailingly good, and the only evil resides in a machine gone crazy.” But only if you disregard mass murder by religious fanatics, and violent discrimination against minorities like the synesthetes – “In the worst times, in the worst places, they were abused, tortured and killed, for the good of everyone.” So, the “unfailing goodness” of the inhabitants of the comet is not an unfailing trait of their species, but must be seen in connection with their traumatic experiences with violence – they’ve gone through a painful learning process (and maybe their synesthesia is connected with a lower level of aggression?) In their somewhat dispassionate non-violence they remind me (gender issue apart) of the inhabitants of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland.

      • Thank you, Robert. That’s interesting to learn about Herland, first published serially a hundred years ago. Why is it that utopian stories always have to end badly? It seems such a trite cliche?

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