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This week’s reading is Indistinguishable by Kenton K Yee. Its themes are Bose-Einstein condensate, information, Josephson junction, multiverse, Planck’s constant, tunneling, wave-particle duality and wave function. Length about seven-and-a-half minutes. Listen to this and other stories on the Audio page.


Green Comet traffic

Green Comet had an interesting traffic spike at the beginning of the month. For a few days, we were getting way more visitors than we were used to. It didn’t last long, though. The traffic has been dropping off and we seem to be headed back toward normal. But the decrease has been much more gradual than the initial rise. It looks like a classic “long tail.”

Here’s hoping that it levels out above where it used to be. Any ideas what can cause this?


Photo credit – Winston Wong

Green Comet is getting popular. There has been a good uptick in traffic here lately and it’s nice. I see what you’re doing, you lovely people. Welcome. Have a look around. Make yourself at home. Join the discussions. Drop a comment. We love to hear from you.

There has also been an increase in downloads of the Green Comet trilogy. Thank you. That makes this ink-stained wretch feel good. The trilogy is licensed Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA) so please help yourself. Take one of each. Take several and give them to your friends. Tell your friends to come and download them for themselves.

In addition to all that, people have been registering with the site, joining our happy little group. Well, come on down. The more the merrier.

So far, 2023 is turning out very well, thanks to you. And on top of all that, this year’s novel is flowing satisfactorily out of my fountain pens.


Credit Torley – CC-BY-SA

We’re at the halftime intermission in the writing of The Road for a Coward. Time to assess progress and make plans for the second half. It’s what people do, right? Like the talking heads during the intermission at a game.

I’m enjoying writing this book, as usual. I always wonder before starting whether it will be harder this time. Is there still water in the well? Will the words be there? But, whenever I sit down in the morning and pick up a pen, the words come. It seems like all I need to do is come up with a good opening sentence, and the rest will come. Then it’s the fun of seeing where the characters want to take me. I tell them where we have to go, and then follow them around as they take us there. Sometimes they get excited and try to run away with the story. Then I have to be firm with them. That’s what I enjoy about writing. Thinking every day about the growing story. Seeing it develop as I write it, seeing what happens next. Learning more about my characters as I get to know them better. Showing them where we’re going, and following along as they take us there. And sometimes reining them in as they head off in directions of their own. I’m liking these characters as I get to know them. I won’t mind spending more time with them.

So there’s the halftime report on my novel, The Road for a Coward. So far, so good. Now it’s another three or four months of writing, then there’s the proofing, preparing it for publication and recording it. Back to work. Pen up, head down and get those words on paper.


People ask why I use human referents in my stories about aliens. Why, for instance, did Archie take the name Archimedes when his history doesn’t include Archimedes? Shouldn’t Archie have named himself after a great mathematician from his own world? The answer is, he did, and I’ve substituted that alien name with one we recognize immediately. I have communicated why he chose the name without having to write an explanation of his history into the story. I have saved the reader a lot of reading, and myself a lot of writing, if only we agree to imagine the alien equivalent when we see a human referent.

Rather than thinking of these stories as translations of alien texts, I think of them as whole-text transliterations, where I present the human equivalent and not the raw result. So, if you will agree with me to use this shorthand, we will save ourselves both a lot of work.