Aphelion Editorial 090
by Dan L. Hollifield
The Usual Rant from the Aphelion Senior Editor
I haven't a lot to rant about this month. Readers of the Lettercol will already know that Rob Starr is going to
have a short story collection coming out. He asked me to write a short
introduction and I've sent him a first draft. Its a great book. Nick
Pollotta has a new book coming out, also. I've read a .RTF of the
galley proofs. Everyone is in for a treat. Its a great book, too. I
have not one, but two of David Blalock's Thran
Chronicles books on my review list, as well as two books by JL Navarro
and a short story collection by Andru McIntosh. Aphelion writers, all.
This has been a busy time for everyone. I offer my congratulations to
each and every one of you. You've made me proud. I apologise for
getting so far behind on my reviews.
We're starting up this year's season of
Nightwatch stories with this issue. Jeff Williams has gifted us with
Part One of his first Nightwatch story for the year. This one is a
delight to read, but very challenging. I recommend that the readers pay
strict attention or they'll miss something vital. There are other new
Nightwatch stories in the pipeline for 2005, so keep watching for them.
There are some wonderful stories in the works!
We've got three other novellas to go along
with Jeff's Nightwatch story, and ten short stories. That ought to be
enough to keep everyone busy for the next month. I'm sorry to say that
since Robert Moriyama's abduction into Aphelion's Editorial Mafia his
posts in the Lettercol have been reduced. But now, his comments go to
the writers during the submission process, instead of to the Lettercol
after the finished stories have been uploaded. So that works out rather
well for the writers. Gives Nate a chance to catch up on Lettercol
posts, too. LOL!
Some of the writers have begun dropping into
the Aphelion Chat Room when I've been there. Its nice to get to talk
one-on-one with the readers & writers. I really enjoy that. Rob
Wynne has revealed a special treat in the works for the chatroom
visitors: He's going to recompile the chatroom bot program. Soon, the
chatroom will have Max the bartender bot back in residence! Yeah! Max
will not only serve drinks and snacks, but he'll be able to keep track
of who has visited the chatroom recently, answer simple questions, and
liven up the chatroom with randomized witty reparte'. I'm looking
forward to Max's return to the living.
I guess I ought to say a few words about the
upcoming Aphelion party. So far it looks like the party will either be
the last weekend of July or the first weekend of August. Anyone
interested in attending is asked to go to the Aphelicon thread in the
Administrivia section of the Lettercol and post their preferences for
the exact date. I need to know soon so that I can schedule the right
weekend off from work. The party/mini-con is open to anyone who wants
to travel to Athens, Ga. USA for some fun and food in my back yard.
Nothing fancy, just a get-together for anyone who lives close enough or
wants to undertake the trek here. It looks like less than 10 people so
far. That's not a problem for a backyard party. I hope to see as many
Aphelion readers and writers here as possible. Directions can be sent
to you on request. Contributions to the food budget will be welcomed,
but there is no plan to charge admission or cover. If necessary, there
are local hotels and motels that can fit most budgets. I doubt there
will be more people here than I can find bed, couch, or floor space
for, though. Most everyone that has expressed interest so far lives
within local driving range. Except for Kate, she said she's going to
fly in from California! LOL!
Let's see what we can work up, shall we? It
looks to be a fun weekend, in any case. Hope to see you here!
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
© 2005 Dan L. Hollifield
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