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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Old Look for Green Comet


Back to the original theme we go. I tried a new one because I was warned that the old one might not handle mobile devices as well as it should. All was fine for a while, then the new one stopped displaying the comments under the posts. It said how many were there, but it refused to show them. So we’re back on the old theme, at least for now. I wouldn’t mind using a new theme, but the process of finding one is just too onerous. It’s not easy to find a theme that will support all the features of the old one. My enthusiasm has been dulled by the failure of the last replacement, too.

I’ll keep a languid eye out for a suitable new theme, but we’re sticking with this one for now.

rjb

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Sunward — Final Chapter

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I’ve written the final chapter of my current novel, Sunward. Now it’s time for proofreading, first this final section, then the book as a whole. After that I’ll complete the epilogue and then head on to formatting and other presentation matters. Writing the story is only step one. Let me think. Do I remember how to get an ISBN? What about the cover image? Wish me luck.-)

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Human Rights – Article Thirteen

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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 13.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

In spite of the fact that they used the masculine pronoun for a gender-neutral third person singular pronoun, I think we can forgive them because they were in the steely grip of the grammarians who insisted that using the epicene “they” was unacceptable. The important thing is that article thirteen says that no one shall be a prisoner of their country, or in their country. This article says that everyone has the right to move about within, depart from and return to their country.

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Human Rights – Article Twelve

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

This article addresses privacy, security and reputation. The sanctity of a person’s privacy, person, family and home is a human right and must be protected. A person’s communications must not be interferred with, pried into or impeded. And a person’s character must not be slandered or libeled.

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Sunward — Three-quarter Report

Part three of Sunward, the third part of the Plainsrunner trilogy, has been proofread and edited. I got what I wanted said in about the length i thought it should be. Now it’s been all marked up by my red pen and set aside for later. It will get further attention when I proof and edit the whole book.

I’ve made a good start on the final part this week, and I see no reason why there should be any problem finishing in a reasonable time. As for my characters, things have turned serious for them and they’re going to have to take some risks if they want to get out of the hole they dug for themselves.

The end is in sight.

rjb

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