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The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
Something nice showed up in my e-mail last month. The fellow
who did the artwork for the "Writer's Challenge" section sent me a
message. I thought that I'd share it with you;
Dear Dan Toronto,Canada
I am still alive and working on new works as well as you are producing you very best work indeed,well,I shall ever be thankfull to you,in fact you may end-up saving my life!...since a literary agent went to the Aphelion site and contacted me! they want to represent me in the futur...well done Dan! it pays to know...unknown! who cares about friends?...even the good ones!...Anyway,you have done a lot for me without knowing me! fortunately,I consider myself a fine and decent fellow,I hope that your friend who had some problems is Ok and in good spirit! Shall the sound of total victory bless our soul forever!...Hell with anguish! feel free to use some of my stuff,free of charge,(only for you!) and let me know if you want better photos or lasers,I will comply gladly.
Have a most creative and pleasant day!
Have(also),a day of unbearable joy!
Be utterly good to your writing and your health!
Daniel Hanequand,born in the city of lights.
I knew that some of the writers we've featured in Aphelion
had sold their work- through their own efforts -but this is the first
time I can recall that someone got an agent because the agent was one
of our readers. Feels good to have helped out, even if I didn't know it
at the time.
Other news; This is our Space Opera contest issue- all the
short stories in this issue are entries in the contest. There are eight
finalists and two semi-finalists plus some special presentations by the
staff that are in the spirit of the contest, but not entries. Our top
three finalists will each recieve a custom award graphic to place in
their own webpages. The awards were done by myself, with input from all
of Aphelion's staff. Check out the contest entries and congratulate our
Thanks for your time.
I'd like to thank those of you who have sent e-mails or signed into the
Lettercol for your feedback. Keep those messages coming, folks! Without
those messages we will never know what we need to improve upon. Hope
you like the improvements so far!
Senior Editor, Publisher
Short Story Editor
Production Editor/Serials Editor
Arms We Trust -Part 5 of 5-
By Vasilis Adams Afxentiou It is not because other people are dead that our
affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.
By Dan L. Hollifield Alternate dimentions, aliens, flying saucers, time
travel, a titanic space battle-
this story is my contribution to the Space Opera Contest- With new
by the author. This story originally ran in the last two issues of Dragon's
the first four issues of Aphelion. Presented here
as a novella, the first two chapters
have never before been available to Aphelion's
Here are the finalists in the Space Opera contest. Everyone
worked very hard on their stories- as you can tell when you read them.
The judging was difficult because of the consistant high quality of the
individual entries. The winners are indicated by their award banners.
You know, I can't help but feel that the spirit of E.E. "Doc" Smith is
looking down and grinning at us right now.
The Tanneh Death Chop
By Kate Thornton Dan Holly sighed when she finished her story. "Why?"
he must have been asking himself. "Why, of all the gin joints in the
galaxy, did she have to walk into mine?" Aloud he said, "Jeeze, Baby
Girl, I think this whole thing is maybe my fault."
The Face of the Enemy
By David Blalock The Mogrum are coming and only the dedicated fighter
pilots of ERCOM can stop them before they reach Earth. Some of them,
however, may be just a bit too dedicated.
By T.S. George As a pilot the best that could be said about him was
that he was reckless. But Grif had one advantage..... he was as cunning
as a shithouse rat.
The Loki Must Die
By John A. Gilmore Armed with the Piscean Death Ray, the dreadnought Loki
was bound for Earth and inevitable victory. But the "fish" hadn't
counted on HEIDI, or her secret weapon, Florida Tafoya.
Othello Jones By McCamy Taylor After the Bolean war, the Syllians were grateful and
their queen was beautiful and willing. Perhaps it was time for Jones to
How Percy and Mercy Nuked Fairhaven
By Frederick Rustam Inwardly, Percy and Mercy shrank from the idea of
killing thousands, instead of their usual quota of one or a few.
Outwardly though, they seemed unfazed by SpecOps' awful scheme.
By Atk. Butterfly How do you fight an enemy who has extra-sensory
perception? Read on…
By E.A. Gundlach Wardog never quits. And if you kill him, it just makes
By Mark E. Cotterill To Lyndon Mond, the job of Space Ranger seemed
comfortable enough in these peaceful times. When contact was lost with
sentinel station Gotlig-Prime, he was sure it was just a failed
By David Allan "Within the book lay secrets that mankind had never
been meant to know. And I was determined to learn them all. As I sat in
my study, completely enthralled by the text before me, all hell decided
it was just about time to break loose."
By ark Stanley, and Steve Troop Did he say daily? Yep, Aphelion is proud to feature two
of the funniest comic strips on the Internet, Mark Stanley's "Freefall"
and Steve Troop's "The Melonpool Chronicles". Bookmark this page, you
don't want to miss a single installment!
Wayward Musings by Kim Holec Kim shares her thoughts on the new Star Wars film. Warning: Contains Spoilers You may want to read this after you've seen the new film, if you care about that sort of thing.
by Jim Parnell A Day in the Life - For Those Who Would Be Bubba WARNING: Contains language.
A Word In Your Ear
by Rob Wynne Rob Wynne remembers DeForest Kelley, who passed away in July...
The Listening Room
by Rob Wynne This is a new column which will feature reviews of
new filk albums and other musical releases of interest to SF fans. It
will appear as often as Rob receives new material. This month: The new
Kathy Mar album from Prometheus Records.
In case anyone is curious as to exactly what's been keeping
me so busy, I've planed a few webpages that show the progress of my
landscaping, interior decoration, and housework. Look for it in my
personal pages at Casa
Vila. Its the begining of a sort of photographic timeline of
my yardwork and such. I don't know why anyone would want to see it, but
Rob thought that someone might so I worked it up. Expect it to be
updated as I get new film developed and scanned.
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