Hello, and welcome to another thrilling issue of Aphelion!
I'm going to make this fast, because I'm involved with several
different household projects that I need to make progress upon before
the rain comes back. As some of you already know, I've been doing a
little remodeling here at the house. New bathroom floor, screening in
the front porch, furniture refinishing, yardwork, that sort of thing.
My schedule got thrown way off by a couple of weeks that it rained
almost every day I had off from work. Now I'm playing catch-up and
trying to get as much done as possible before the party. Aphelion's
annual Summer Party takes place on the 22nd of this month- Less than
two weeks away! Lyn and I are looking forward to seeing everyone who
can make it over here for a visit. I've got a page of contact
information, a map, and photographs of landmarks near the house to make
it easier for people to find us. I've even taken a look at Google Maps
street view photos of our neighborhood. Google Maps has us located at
894 Moons Grove Church Road, Colbert, Georgia. But that is close to our
actual address, so I can forgive the difference between our US Mail
address and our GPS location. ApheliCon
4 map, contact info, and landmarks is where you'll find all
of that. If you plan to attend the party, please send me an e-mail or
telephone us to let us know. I do need to get a count of how many
people plan to be here so that I can stock up on food and drinks. This
year the Atlanta-area steampunk groups have been invited as well, so
hopefully we'll have more than a dozen people here.
I'd like to congratulate several people in the matter of last month's
Flash Fiction Challenge over in our Forums section. Nate Kailhofer has
been doing a wonderful job running the flash challenges on the Forums
each month. For July, Liminal Day by
David Alan Jones was the contest winner. As a special prize, Mark
Edgemon adapted David's story into an audio play that is hosted over on
Creator and the Catalyst Studios website. Here is a link to
the audio play ofLiminal
Day. I can do no better than to
quote Nate's post on our Forums when he announced the project was ready
"Here it is. A prize earned, and
now delivered, thanks to some hard work from Mark Edgemon and his crew.
by David Allen Jones
The voices of the narrator, the father, the sage and the fire were
performed by Mark Edgemon.
The voices of Kyras and her mother were performed by Marla Deaton.
This audio story was produced through the Creator and the Catalyst
Congratulations David, Mark, and Nate! Great work, on every aspect of
this. And congratulations to all the folks who entered the challenge,
each of you turned out some wonderful stories. It was very difficult
for me to decide for which one I was going to vote, myself. From the
comments, I think I was pretty much on a par with all the readers.
I'm going to "borrow" a little of Nate's thunder here to make a little
announcement concerning Nate's other Aphelion duties. It seems that in
the process of working up the series bible for the Aphelion Explorer
stories, Nate has been working closely with pro artist Bill Warren, the
fellow who came up with the idea for the series. Bill is doing more
artwork for the series bible, providing more input on the design of the
ships, and has decided that he wants to do portraits of each character!
Now each writer will be able to see the faces of the characters for
whom they are writing. Of course, this means even more work for Nate
writing the series bible, editing the existing stories in order to
blend in the new developments, and putting the Explorer web pages
together for uploading. I want to thank everyone involved with the
Explorer series. You are all doing a great job, and making something
wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing the new series "take off", in
every sense of the words.
Well, that's probably enough out of me. It's time I let you go start
reading this issue's collection of stories, feature articles, and
poetry. There are some great things in this issue! You're going to love
it, I'm sure. As always, please take advantage of our Forums to give
our writers some comments, critiques, and feedback on the tales which
strike your collective fancies.
Hope to see you at the party,