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The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
Hello and welcome!
FLASH! This issue is two weeks late!
Ummm, well duh!
I handed off the pages to Rob several days ago, he and
Kim have both been ill so they got behind. I got knocked offline for
the last few day by telephone problems, but I'm up and running now.
Sorry. Uh, Happy Holidays!
Well, I've gotten the rags and tatters of the new issue
together, Rob will fine-tune it later. This year has been one disaster
after another... Who cares? We've made it!
Welcome to the last Aphelion of the 20th
century! I told you last year at this time that I was one of those who
counted 2001 as the start of the new millennium. I don't expect any big
disasters will happen when we roll into the new century, but I do
expect the usual idiocy from the people who were predicting doomsday--
or the second coming, or whatever their individual deathwish happened
to be --and had their faces rubbed in the fact that nothing happened at
all. They'll reschedule doomsday if they can. That ought to be
I ought to tell you that I don't count Y2k in with the
general foolishness since it was real. We seem to have done a good job
preventing most of that. Of course it was overblown, hyped-up, and the
worst case was the one that caught the public eye. But, as I recall, so
did nuclear war and we've been able to prevent that so far too. A
couple of close calls there, but we survived.
The human race seems to have entered adolescence--
after eight or ten thousand years --maturity is still in the future,
but we'll soon begin to show flashes of it. We're living in interesting
times. Scary, ain't it?
Just what are we going to make of our future? It’s
really up to us, isn't it? Start thinking about it, then make it come
true. Don't just dream it, be it.
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!
When three strange writers of strange
fiction put their heads together to write a collaborative story the
results are never going to be straightforward. "Visitors" looks at the
lives and deaths of the inhabitants of an English seaside town. Much of
it is based on real places and people and events, but then, reality can
be very strange sometimes...
Updated -- 9-10-00 --
Each of the three links below have changed. Please take note and adjust
your Bookmarks if necessary. The first link below gives you the
introduction to the Mare Inebrium, the banner link now gives you access
to all of the Mare stories, and the third link now gives you access to
the Mare Inebrium Online Starter kit. The online Starter Kit will be
updated as often as Mare writers make necessary.
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
Not a contest, but a series of ideas to
spark off a story.
In case anyone is curious as to exactly what's been
keeping me so busy, I've planned 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 beginning of a sort of photographic
timeline of my yard work 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. I have
two new rolls of film shot for this page and expect to update it within
the nexw few weeks.
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Instead of the back issues the banner below
now takes you to the Archives-where all our past stories are available
for you to read.
I've decided to ditch the back issues in favor
of the Archives. The Archives are easier to use and can be indexed by
author or story title. Hopefully this will ease the task of finding a
favorite story. We may start a page of our past cover art, if there is
a call for it. Thanks for your readership for without you, nothing we
do has any meaning.