Greetings, Friends! Join us in a little celebration as this issue marks both Aphelion's 100th, but also the 9th birthday for the zine. Hip-Hip-Hooray! Happy Birthday Aphelion! And happy Issue 100! Milestones, both. I never dreamed we'd come this far.
There have been so many milestones passed along the way. Oh, here is another one; issue 100 will probably be still running when the hit counter clicks over to 250,000. Not too shabby for a free e-zine. Several thousand regular readers, in over 65 countries around the globe... That's impressive too. 25 or thirty of our featured writers have later gone on to sell their work. Nearly a dozen established pro writers have sent us stories or sample chapters of upcoming books. Aphelion has gotten tons of online awards for oodles of stuff, even got into the top visited sites list for Starting Point for a few weeks. Aphelion has gotten several reviews, been the subject of a Canadian newspaper article, been study material for elementary school children in Australia and Junior College students in the Northeastern US. In short, Aphelion has been around long enough to have been a lot of things to a lot of people. A quarter of a million readers? Woah! I don't care if it did take nine years, that's impressive.
Now all this hasn't gone to anyone's head. My Aphelion t-shirt may have prompted limited recognition at the SF con I went to a couple of summers back, but I was surprised at that. Pleased, but surprised. And I hear nice things from people online all the time. I'm just happy that the Editorial Mafia and I have been able to make some kind of difference in the world. We just do what we do for the love of doing it. And for the reward of being able to contribute to someone's success, even if only in a small way. You writers succeed or fail on your own efforts. Folks at Aphelion, readers and staff, just give you advice. It is always up to the writer to adapt that advice into something they can use in their stories.
OK, so what does the future hold? Another 100 issues of Aphelion? I certainly hope so! I'm not going anywhere, and none of the crew seems burnt out. We're going to keep sailing ever onward, out from the bar where we began... Oops. Sorry Professor Tolkien, that just slipped out. Ahem. Uh, we're going to keep doing this zine until there's no readers left, and then some I suppose. There are new Mare Inebrium stories in this issue, and a surprise from Bob Moriyama in the form of a new Al Majius story, some more Best Of stories, new poetry, new short stories, a new novella... We're jam-packed with goodies for you in this issue. It's time I shut up and let you get at it. There's very few people who come here just to read my editorials, you know.
Well? What are you waiting for? Grab a party hat and some cake & ice cream, kick back, and start reading!
Back to work...
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
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Serialized Stories & Novellettes
To Learn A Sword
By Orestes Ramos
What would you do if the mean-spirited son of your town's ruler got
away with everything? Would you be fearful for your life and stand by
and do nothing? To do that would be to allow it to go on*
This is one
chronicler's recounting of the early events in the life of Lazarus,
who would grow up one day to be one of Tierrah's greatest champions.
Nature's Way by Don Traverso Tim Trent loves his wife Dora (the former Dora Redfield), in spite of her bizarre family traditions. He also loves the thriving Redfield farms, and is determined to make them even more prosperous once they pass into his and Dora's hands. If only he could get rid of the damn cicadas, things would be perfect.
by Rob Starr To Nelson, the drifter was a romantic figure, the last of his tribe (even if he wasn't a Chief, as he claimed), and what he saw in the grove of trees just proved how badly his people had been treated. The police, on the other hand, saw things differently.
Song of Steam Lungs, Part 2
by D. D. H. Lee Franz thought the sniper Wesley was a fine fellow -- strange, to be sure, with his talk of listening to metal, but always interesting. But Wesley had secrets deeper and darker than Franz could have imagined.
Handy Dandy Gets His Candy
by Frederick Rustam The only suspect in the murder of Sensorman Sonny Hales was incapable of harming anyone. At least that was the theory ...
by George T. Philibin Power politics can be a bloody business, alligator power politics in the Everglades even more so. But a great leader understands the value of friendship, and Tudlow was a great leader.
A Matter of Honor
by Robert Moriyama The Countess Lamia, direct heir of Vlad Tepes, has been challenged by an opponent she fears might actually defeat her. But if Al Majius will fight as her Champion, her reign may continue. Given the stakes (no pun intended), Al agrees to take on the job. If only the ceremonial garb would stop creeping up ...
A Fish Out of Water
By Linda Kelly
Some bars don't know how to deal with a patron who is obviously drugged out of their mind, but at the Mare Inebrium, intoxication is just a state of mind...
Deus Ex Machina
By Wishbone You'd would think that having proved that some planet's major deity was actually an alien Sociology Professor would be enough for one student's lifetime. But now Robert Landis had to survive the wrath of the disillusioned natives he'd "inconvenienced" with his secular revelation.
by Jim Parnell The collected wisdom of Bubba WARNING: Contains Language.
Aphelion proudly presents the installments of Double Wide all on
one page of links. We wanted to make sure that the wit and wisdom
of Bubba wasn't lost for new readers, so we made a mini-archive
list of just the Double Wide features.
And banner artwork for links. If you want to link to Aphelion and want more than a text link,
then this page is for you. Some of these banners are finished, but
most of them lack only my adding text to make them complete.
Unfinished banners can be completed and e-mailed to you within 8
days. The banner HTML code-- and image --can be e-mailed on
request, or can be more simply copied from the "View / Page
Source" option in your web browser. Finished images can be copied
from the banner artwork page itself. An exchange of links or banner
links is always welcome. Link Swap E-mail should be sent to: Dan Hollifield
A Challenge to
Writers... --8\8\2000-- Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story.
Challenge 1 is the paintings of Daniel Hannaquand, Challenge 2 is a
collection of narrative hooks composed by Dan Hollifield.
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Aphelion IRC Chat --7\31\2003-- Information about an underused feature for Aphelion. IRC Chat is a fun
way to talk to our readers, writers, staff members, and other
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