Hello, and welcome to the new look for Aphelion!
As you can see, we've made a few changes to the
layout and format. Rob
Wynne sweated and slaved over the changes for several months in order
to bring you this updated layout. Everyone at Aphelion is very pleased
with the result. We hope that you will be pleased as well.
Also, one of the biggest changes is that
all the sections of
the zine are now on separate pages, accessible from the navigation bar
over to the left of your screen. That means that there are no longer
any huge delays in page downloads. No more endless index page, either.
Everything should be faster, cleaner, and less confusing on each page.
Along with the changes to the layout, I hope to
resume writing book
reviews within the next couple of issues. I have a huge backlog of
things that have been sent to me, with more arriving every day. Also, I
hope that we can start up the Interviews section again, as well as
other sections that have been overlooked in the past.
By the way, how did you like the cover for this
issue? Aphelion has
attracted the attention of pro artist William R. Warren, Jr. who
whipped out that little "crowd pleaser" of a cover as a sort of
audition. He said that he'd be open to contributing cover art as often
as his schedule permits. And he offered to do a few story illos, on the
condition that he be allowed to read the story ahead of time. He would
rather make his artwork fit the story than just offer up "generic" bits
that might or might not actually fit with a given tale. He also came up
with a wonderful suggestion for a new story series that would be based
on the spacecraft he invented for the cover, and their mission. There
will be more details available on a new page just as soon as we can
whip one out. So be forewarned, Aphelion is about to add a third shared
universe series to our featured Nightwatch and Mare
series. This will be tailored to the hard science crowd and will
feature near-future tech in an exploration of our own solar system.
This series will fit in between the strict structure of Nightwatch and
the "anything goes" structure of the Mare Inebrium series. More details
to follow as they develop.
ApheliCon 3 will be happening in the next week or
so. The date will be
May 12th, the place will be here at Casa Vila, and the time will be
from whenever the guests begin to arrive until the last guest
reluctantly departs. Directions are as follows: Chose your best route
to Athens, Ga. and get on Highway 29 North towards Danielsville.
Roughly five miles from Athens you will find the turnoff for Moons
Grove Church Road on your left. Casa Vila is roughly 7/10s of a mile
from that intersection. Here is a link to a page of photographs of
various landmarks between Athens and Casa Vila: Landmarks
to Casa Vila Lyn and I hope to see you here!
Other news: There has been some talk in the
Lettercol about running
flash fiction - and other types of story - contests inside the forum
itself. Most of the details are in a folder of the Administrivia
section and seem to have the support of many Lettercol contributers. As
the publisher, I'm not in the least opposed to the idea. I don't have
time for it myself, but this one seems to be self-regulating so I'd say
go for it. If it becomes a bandwidth problem, I'll have to call a halt
to it, but otherwise it sounds all right with me. My only objections
are that it'll take up some time that writers would usually spend on
longer stories for the main part of the zine, not all readers of the
zine read the Lettercol and thus won't get in on the fun, and that I'd
like the winning entries to be included in a special section that the
staff and I would have to add to the regular monthly issues, somewhere.
This will all have to be worked out in the near future, of course.
Cover art by William R. Warren, Jr.