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Aphelion Editorial 012

January 1998

by Dan L. Hollifield


Aphelion Webzine and Cris Lawrence's story "Time and Time Again" were both nominated for a "Top 10 on the Internet" award presented by the Preditors & Editors website. The contest ended at midnite on January 1st, and the winner was Titan Webzine with Allen Woods' story "Riddle of the Jade Eagle". Allen is also the writer of the series "Through the Dark Veil" which is currently running here in Aphelion

Cris' story finished #7 in the voting, while Aphelion finished as the #7 webzine. Aphelion also shares the #18 position with Dragon's Lair Webzine for Roger Bennett's story "Starshock". Thank you for your vote. So many good friends were in the running finally, that no one really lost the contest. Congratulations are also due to The Writer's Club and Dragon's Lair Webzine for their strong showing in the contest. I was proud to notice that several of the writers and stories nominated in the contest had previously appeared in Aphelion.

However, I received an e-mail January 13th telling me that Aphelion has been given a "Fiendish Best" award by Pro Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer Allan Cole's website!

Cole And Cash's
Fiendish Best On
The Web Award


The banner above provides a link to Allan Cole's website where you may find out more about his work. You can also find links to the other recipients of this award.

Welcome back for our 12th issue! If you'd like to be on a mailing list for notification of the update or for the upload of new issues of Aphelion then click here to send me an e-mail. Be sure to put the words Aphelion Mailing List in the Subject line of the e-mail. This mailing list will only be used to notify you of new issues and will never be given out to anyone else... 'cause I hate spam as much as you do!

While our normal letter column is still down, and may need to be deleted, I've left the links to it at the end of each story intact in case Robert can correct the problem. It doesn't look hopefull though, so don't even try it. I have made arrangements with Pagecount and the company that used to be called LPage to give us two different substitutes for the old lettercol. By clicking on the "Leave Message" button on our Pagecount hit counter, you can leave me a private message, but be sure to chose the "private message" option or I may not be able to accesses it. There is now also a Guestbook provided by LPage for you to use as a replacement for the old Lettercol. Use the "Sign my Guestbook" or "View my Guestbook" links to access this feature. Thanks for being so patient. I'm still refining the look and options of the guestbook, so keep your eyes open for changes.

I'd like to thank those of you who have sent e-mails for your feedback. Keep those e-mails coming, folks! Without those messages we will never know what we need to improve upon. Hope you like the improvements so far!

We had 1032 Readers visit Aphelion in December! A record-breaking month!
Thank you! Please keep coming back for each new issue as it goes online.

Starting with the February issue (#13), Aphelion is going to shift to a bi-monthly schedule. I'm sorry if this upsets anyone, but I'm going to have to do this for personal reasons;

  1. I'm going to start working more overtime at my regular job so as to make ready to buy a house.
  2. I've started submitting stories to the paying publishers again and need more time to write.
  3. And I'm fighting a case of burn-out from the workload of producing Aphelion each month.
So you can see that I have to do this in order to keep from shutting Aphelion down entirely. It is my hope that each bi-monthly issue will have as much material as two monthly issues would have had, as well as keeping the quality of the issues high and getting them out on time. I plan on keeping Aphelion running for at least another two years, after which time I'll review my options and decide on the best course of action. I look forward to the support of the readers and writers- whatever happens in the future, I'm dedicated to doing the best job that I can possibly do.

Thank you all, for you make everything that happens at Aphelion worthwhile.

If you miss the wavefile that played automatically at the start of our first two issues click here to hear it now.

And now, I'll shut up and let you get to reading. Thanks again for visiting. Enjoy yourselves!

THE END


1998 Dan L. Hollifield

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