Parasite Puppeteers

Parasite Puppeteers


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

Elgin and Frances wake up to find Green Comet deserted and open to the vacuum of space. Together they try to find out why. Has the deadly Visitor found them? Did they sacrifice so much just to find it was in vain? The one way they can find the answer is to face their deadliest peril, and the mysterious beings who sent it their way. They do it the only way they know how, with bravery and determination.

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


This work is a sequel of Green Comet.

The Francesians is a sequel of this work.

Why read this book? Have your say.

(Sept. 3, 2015, 2:33 p.m.)
Thank you, Neil. There will be another one. I know generally what's going to happen, and I've been taking notes, but I haven't started to write it down yet. Don't hold your breath, though. I'm a bit slow.-)

(Sept. 3, 2015, 2:21 p.m.)
Hi arjaybe!

You're welcome! I enjoyed Green Comet very much, and Parasite Puppeteers is looking good so far (though I've just barely started :-) ).

Interesting that the personal message didn't go through; the notification from unglueit seems to be working fine. I check my account and everything seems fne there. A little mystery I guess.

I hope you're writing the next one, I doubt I'll be satisfied with just two stories :-).


(Sept. 3, 2015, 12:01 p.m.)
I posted this over on the Green Comet page too.

Thanks again to all the supporters and ungluers. Special thanks to Neil.Richards, who unglued both Green Comet and Parasite Puppeteers yesterday. I sent you a personal message, but it reported that it failed to go. Both here and via GC. Consider this my thanks to you. Your gesture, and that of all the other supporters, mean a lot to me.


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