Green Comet
Jim Bowering
Literature & Fiction
Green Comet

Green Comet is book one of the Green Comet trilogy.  Books two and three are Parasite Puppeteers and The Francesians, also available here.

As Elgin wakes from a centuries-long sleep, it’s to the memory of danger and loss. Even in the confusion of re-animation, he wonders if this time she’ll be there. But then he remembers the mysterious Visitor and the perilous mission that took Frances from him, and darkness closes in again. Even so, there’s always the hope that this time will be different, that they will have found a way. It was always like this. Hope would always rise again, no matter how often it was struck down.

How it happened

Green Comet began in 1994. It also began before then and after then. I’m sure most books are the same. They’re impossible to pin down to a specific date, depending on what you use for criteria. But let’s use 1994, since that’s the year the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet smacked into Jupiter. At that time I was active in the Science conference, one of the Usenet newsgroups. Another member posted, asking for ideas he could use for a disaster story. I suggested some non-ecliptic comets on a dangerous orbit. I wonder if it was a coincidence that the movies Armageddon and Deep Impact appeared in 1998. Probably.-)

The idea began simmering in my mind, and I even wrote a couple of short stories to explore the concept of living on comets, but it was mostly conceptual until about 2004. I decided then to think about it seriously. Since I had a menial job at the time I could spend the whole day thinking about it, and jot down notes after work. I knew I had a story when Elgin and Frances showed up. In 2009 I finished with that job and that’s when I put pen to paper with the aim of getting the story written. Three years later it was ready to publish. Three more years for the sequel, Parasite Puppeteers, and two more for The Francesians, to complete the Green Comet trilogy.

I won’t be writing any more books about Green Comet, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t. That’s the point of publishing it with a Creative Commons license. You’re free to take the characters and other story elements and expand on them. Providing you adhere to the principles of Creative Commons, no one is going to come after you waving their copyright club. So, write a story, draw a comic or animate a video, or do whatever creative thing you do with it. I only want Green Comet and its characters to continue to live, free and open. Meanwhile, I’ll be getting on with the next story. I can already see bits of it, and it looks like fun.

About Jim

Jim has fought forest fires and controlled traffic in the air and on the sea. Now he writes stories. He lives in the Okanagan Valley with his wife, Carolyn.

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Cover image from a photograph by NASA – public domain


Chapter One – Elgin Wakes Up
Chapter Two - The Comets - Introduction
Chapter Three – Elgin's First Day
Chapter Four – They Go To The Comets
Chapter Five – The Second Day
Chapter Six – The Rise Of The Synesthetes
Chapter Seven – Elgin Meets Minder
Chapter Eight - The Square
Chapter Nine - Yellow Comet
Chapter Ten - Armful
Chapter Eleven - Flashball
Chapter Twelve – The Visitor - Introduction
Chapter Thirteen - The Visitor Stops Blinking
Chapter Fourteen - The Visitor Is Revealed
Chapter Fifteen – Elgin Meets Stanton
Chapter Sixteen – Elgin Has Vertigo
Chapter Seventeen – Elgin Eats And Goes Out
Chapter Eighteen – Elgin Goes To Work
Chapter Nineteen – Elgin Plays Flashball
Chapter Twenty – Elgin Fixes The Ball
Chapter Twenty-One – Elgin Meets Frances
Chapter Twenty-Two – They Become Friends
Chapter Twenty-Three – Shimmer's Idea
Chapter Twenty-Four – The Joining Debates
Chapter Twenty-Five – They Move In Together
Chapter Twenty-Six – The Swimming Hole
Chapter Twenty-Seven – They Go To The Doctor
Chapter Twenty-Eight – The Lottery
Chapter Twenty-Nine – The Joining
Chapter Thirty - Annihilation
Chapter Thirty-One - Communication
Chapter Thirty-Two – Orange Replies
Chapter Thirty-Three – They Need A Debate
Chapter Thirty-Four – The First Debate
Chapter Thirty-Five – Elgin's Fractal
Chapter Thirty-Six – Nigel's Debate
Chapter Thirty-Seven - Separation
Chapter Thirty-Eight – The Scout Arrives
Chapter Thirty-Nine – They Lose Buzzard
Chapter Forty – Losing Fran
Chapter Forty-One – Fran Goes To Sleep
Chapter Forty-Two – Elgin Goes To Sleep
Chapter Forty-Three – They Wake Up Together
Chapter Forty-Four – Fran Goes Down For Good
Chapter Forty-Five – Elgin Goes To The Bubble
Chapter Forty-Six – The Get-Together
Chapter Forty-Seven – Elgin Goes To Sleep
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