Hello and welcome to the August 2016 issue of Aphelion!
It seems that Aphelion is in need of a new Short Story Editor. Don
Dionisio has stepped down and the staff and I haven't located anyone to
fill his shoes. It isn't an easy gig, obviously. Shorts easily gets
more submissions than the other sections. You have to read the
submissions, pick the ones which best fit the zine, work with the
writers to get the edits needed, know some basic HTML, and upload the
stories into the website. But that's just the mechanics of it. First of
all, you have to know a bit about editing, LOL!
So if you are interested, know someone who might be interested, and
wish to help out, contact one of the staff or myself. The fastest way
would be through Facebook Messenger, with the next fastest being
e-mail, with PMs on the Forums coming in a close third.
Aphelion has been around for a long time. Next February will see the
twentieth birthday of the zine. At first, it was just me, then some
friends stepped in when I became overwhelmed by it all. That's the
point where the quality of the zine really took off. Staff members have
come and gone. Some stayed briefly, some stayed many years, and some
never left but did change sections they work on. Aphelion has helped
over a hundred writers turn pro over the years. Now we need to fill the
Short Story Editor slot once again.
Drop us a line, pop up in a chat, private message us, e-mail, post
in the Forums, make a suggestion or volunteer yourself. Your task would
be to help new writers learn how to become better at their craft. You
would be joining a crazy group of people who take the time out of their
busy days to help amateur writers learn what they need to begin selling
their work. Believe me, there is no feeling quite like getting a
message from one of your writers saying ìI just made a sale!î
And now it is time for me to shut up and let you get to reading.
First off, if you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us
Aphelion page there. The link is Aphelion Webzine.
As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be very
useful. Given our different
locations and schedules, it's come in handy as a way to discuss
production details of new issues. Sometimes there are several of us
using Facebook at the same time, so it's almost like the old chat room
My first collection of Mare Inebrium spaceport bar short stories was
published in February by Dark Oak Press. It is available in both Kindle
an Nook e-book formats, paperback, and hardback. I also that thre
albums of instrumenal music out throgh the Create Space self-publishing
website. If you like, you can click on the photo or the link below to
fin all the info you would need to purchase my book in your preferred
format, or an e-book of Flash of Aphelion, buy a CD of my music, or
listen to tracks off of the albums on my Bandcamp website. Enjoy!
ON THE COVER
Title: Hubble Spies a Loopy Galaxy
Photo Credit: ESA & NASA.
Acknowledgement: A. Gal-Yam (weizmann Institute of Science)