Credit – Sima Shimony – CC-BY-SA

We had a glitch here at Green Comet. I couldn’t get into the site, getting an error message instead. It told me that there was something wrong with the database and I needed to fix it. Fortunately, I back up the database every week. I always knew that if I had a database failure, then I’d probably lose some material. I did. We lost two posts and some comments, along with some images. I’ve been thinking about whether I should try to replace the posts, one called Unimpressed Cat, which announced the results of the Great Cat Pictures Experiment. Short story: posting pictures of cats did not increase reader participation on this site. The other post was announcing the addition of the short story Dice to the collection of readings on the Audio page.

Decision made. This recap is good enough. The only thing we’ve really lost is the comments. That may be the worst part, but we’ll just have to accept it and carry on.


The playlist is growing. Their are a couple of stories by Wil Wheaton. One by a physicist. Go to the audio page above.


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Welcome to the Okanagan Reader. Here we present readings of short stories and other works that have been released under a Creative Commons license by their creators. I will be recording stories as I have the time and ambition, and I will be posting them in the audio section of the Green Comet blog.

The first story is by Wil Wheaton. You might remember him as Ensign Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, or as Gordie Lachance in the movie Stand By Me. Fortunately, he also writes. He has a few websites/blogs, such as Wil Wheaton dot Net, and Wil Wheaton Books dot Com. In addition, He has written a number of books and stories, some of which we will feature here as readings in the Audio section.

Go have a listen to The Monster in My Closet, written by Wil Wheaton and narrated by me, then please take a moment to let me know what you think. You can check back to see when I post new recordings. If you know of any good short stories that have been published under Creative Commons licenses that you think would be good additions to this collection, please point me to them and I will check them out.

Good listening


The audiobook version of the novel The Francesians is now available in an improved and remastered form. It is also available as a direct download from this site rather than by a link to the Internet Archive. The original version was not bad and it received many compliments from listeners who found my voice both professional and pleasant to listen to. This remaster benefits from a more strict adherence to the audio standards generally accepted in the audiobook industry. It has also been cleaned up and freed from some lingering glitches. The result is something that I’m proud to present to the world.

Please visit the Books for Free page and download the The Francesians AUDIOBOOK in both MP3 and OGG Vorbis formats. They come with the individual chapters bound in ZIP archives.

This completes the remastering of the Green Comet trilogy audiobooks. Please download and listen to them, then come back and tell me about it.