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The Webmaven filling in for the Senior Editor...
Hello and welcome!
Well, not much to do at this point but apologize for this issue being
so late, even though I can't think of a darn thing we could have done
It all started just before the first of the month, when Dan's computer
died. Since the actually assembly of each issue of Aphelion flows
through Dan, this caused a momentary scramble while we devised an alternate
plan. Cary Semar, Jeff Williams, and Iain Muir all pitched in to help
get things put together, and I had everything I needed to get this in
Then I got an ear infection. Ow.
So here, better late than never, is the long-awaited July issue of
Aphelion. Enjoy it, share it with your friends, and by all means,
tell us all about your thoughts on it in the lettercol. Aphelion
is a great project, not because of the few of us who manage to put
this online every month, but because of the hundreds of you who read
it every month and offer your feedback to the authors.
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
Assistant Short Story Editor
Production Editor/Serials Editor
Ralph Benedetto, Jr.
Assistant Serials Editor
Serialized Stories & Novellettes
The Dark Side
By Guy Hasson A dark, demented journey into a man's soul.
A World Passing By
By Dave Van Os Darwin Jones only wanted to get out of this world as pleasantly and as
painlessly as possible, until he woke up one morning to discover the world
he was trying to escape had vanished.
The Monkey House
By McCamy Taylor
This is a political satire. If you think the President of the United States can do
no wrong, then save yourself and ulcer and don't read it.
By Ralph Benedetto, Jr. Let's see...if the region selected is within the city walls, fill out
form 372-B and attach schedule F, otherwise, fill out forms 896-A/1 and
896-A/3, being sure to attach schedule...oh, man, this is way too much
trouble just to rob a house...everything is all paperwork these days...
An Apartment in Automatia
By Joe Vadalma
Ardan enjoyed life in his cozy automated apartment. He had a stupendous view of the city and a virtual reality holovision in every room. He worked out on exercise machines to keep his muscles from atrophying. For five years he lived this idyllic existence. Then things began to go wrong...
Dreamers: Rothin's Dream
By Christian R. Bonawandt Against their will, the dream warriors find themselves trapped in the one dream
that Rothin can never enter, his own.
The Quantum Hello
By Swanand Arole In the tradition of Jules Verne, here is an adventure that takes place at the
very frontier of science.
A Better Mousetrap
By Robert Starr Having completed his matter disintegrating mousetrap, the unhappily married inventor naturally turned to his wife
for his first test subject.
By Andrew Rough I was obsessed by Rosina, but then I met Catalina who was so like Rosina, but without the negative side...
Aphelion's Daily Comics
By Mark 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!
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.
Dan Hollifield reviews: "Accidental Encounter"
A novel by Noel Carroll Unwilling participants in a double-edged nightmare.
The Listening Room
by Rob Wynne Rob Wynne bangs his head against Phoenix's "Into the Fire"
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.
Aphelion Links Page --6\08\2001--
Click here to see the Links Page. Our fellow E-zines, Astronomy, research material, entertainment, and much, much more!
Aphelion IRC Chat --2\16\2001-- Information about a new feature for Aphelion. IRC Chat is a fun way to talk to our readers, writers, staff members, and other netizens. This link takes you to a basic intro and provides further links to the IRC software that you can download for free. Look for new updates as we refine this feature.
Aphelion JAVA Chat --2\12\2001-- For a quick look at the JAVA chat client, this link launches a new browser window that takes you to a Log-in form for a JAVA-based chat in your browser window. No specian programs are needed. This will be a very simple, but passable IRC client, very no-frills. This will also tell you if there's anyone else in the chatroom, by the way.
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
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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
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