Aphelion Editorial 037
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
What's the burning issue this month?
Nothing big, really. I was researching some details for a story and
encountered some curious coincidences about Mars and the missions
launched to explore it. It seems that everyone who sends probes to Mars
suffers higher than average losses of contact. No matter who sends 'em
up, they crash, they spin off into space- crippled, they just outright
vanish with no hint of why. When this series of facts ran into my
interest in the Face on Mars and my love of conspiracy tales... Well,
the three of them just set up light housekeeping in the back of my mind
for a while. After percolating in my subconscious for a while, their
synthesis popped up last week during a "zen" moment at work- when I was
simply bored out of my mind and let my imagination roam.
Wouldn't it make a gripping story to suppose that the two recent US
Mars probe losses were actually nukes sent by some covert group within
the US government to blast the Face on Mars into rubble before public
outcry force them to spend money on manned missions? You could develop
the story in any of several directions and still wind up with a good
tale. Oppressive government, secret societies, covert agencies, the
military-industrial complex against the everyman... Wherever your own
imagination roams. I was able to use this in one direction on the story
I was researching and brought in unique details during the outlining of
So what am I getting at? I think that a writer needs to have a lot
of interests and input in order to obtain the elements of a rousing
good yarn. Be eclectic in your reading, sample lots of different
viewpoints, and wonder "what if?" a lot. Listen to the back of your
mind from time to time.
By the by, I offer the previous story idea free gratis to any or
all, though I might want to try my hand at it myself at a later date.
I'm too busy with my real life to take the time necessary to think
paranoid enough to write conspiracy stories right now. I've got half a
novel that I'd like to finish- 'specially since it’s a Mare Inebrium
story that's turning out to have some important loose ends of the
mythos tied up within it. Plus I'm working lots of overtime at the
factory still, because I spent too much money on vacation. Well, that's
enough blather from me for now.
Thanks for your time.
© 2000 Dan L. Hollifield
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