If you haven't read of my tragic news yet, you should read this page: In Memorium.
Thank you all for being so understanding during this trying time. Everything has been so hard to deal with, but both our families have all pulled together to help me cope- as have all my friends, both online and off. Everyone's kindness is deeply appreciated. I am recovering; the grief is not endless, nor is it impossible to bear, it is merely intense.
As you may have guessed, I don't really feel much like my usual self. Most of the joy of writing went out of me then. It will take some time for me to regain it. Please excuse the lack of any real sort of editorial.
This is the yearly double issue of Aphelion. There are more stories than usual, plus my picks of the "greatest hits" of the past year. Hopefully, this will tide you over until February, dear readers. Rest assured, my personal problems do not spell the end of Aphelion.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
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Serialized Stories & Novellettes
By Jordana Slayer
A desperate obsession with an apathetic human girl has unexpected
and disastrous consequences.
By E. Markham
On an ordinary day in Lamak three travellers paths cross. One will
discover a half forgotten history, one will fulfil their destiny, and one will
determine the fate of an entire city.
As a teenager, Josh had wanted to fly to the stars. As an adult, he ended up with an oilfield job and a portfolio of hopeless dreams stashed away on his PC's hard drive. Alcoholism and depression ate away at him and drove him to spend lonely nights pondering his existence. Then he met an alien on the riverbank one night. An alien with a machine that created objects out of raw matter and energy. Even complex objects like components for starships!
By Robert D. Buckingham
Way up north, on the DEW line, our fighting men are ready for anything. And sometimes, they get it.
By William Baxter
When the world changes, not everyone receives the benefits.
The Floating City
By Jason Beirens
"I have been waiting for a champion, or champions to face me. I have been waiting to be destroyed. I am so very tired, tired of it all."
By Ron Bruno
Memories can play tricks on you.
By George J. Condon
What price would you pay for immortality?
Never Ask Why
By Ezra T. Gray
"A flash of light appeared above the small carpeted stand. A split second later Roger appeared. Helen and Winston were quite shocked."
By Mark Knight
“Dave has to die,” the little demon said from Mike’s left eye.
By Joshua Scribner
“It’s been a year since Kendra died,” he’d said. “Stop drowning yourself in work and get away for a while, go up to that cabin you used to talk about. Remember her. Mourn. Then come back.”
Jumping Off Point
By Robert Starr “Look,” I say, “no one really understands anyone. We just relate to the roles we play. You can only understand who I’m trying to be if I make it simple for you.”
Best of 2004: Helen Damnation
By Robert Moriyama
In the Port Armstrong lunar colony, criminals beware: Helen Damnation McKay has no patience for sinners.
Best of 2004:
Catch A Burning Star
By Gareth Lyn Powell
Nick Malik had done some rotten things to survive, but on the eve of armageddon he found he owed a debt he could not ignore, even if it cost him his life.
Best of 2004: Beyond Sapiens
By Noel Carroll
I hate putting this down on electronic paper because, in doing so, I concede failure for the first time in my short life at the time of this recording, I am nineteen years old. I suppose I should also state that I am the biological mother of hundreds of children, all under two years of age.
Best of 2004: A Path of Ramble and Mist
By Jaimie L. Elliot
When Jeremy opened his door to find a mysterious robed figure, a mailed warrior, and a woman dressed like Xena waiting, he knew it was going to be an unusual day.
Best of 2004:
By Jim Rudnick
Miguel was a pick-pocket who had committed a terrible sin. Only the priest could save him from damnation.
Best of 2004:
By Zahid Zaman
A woman finds herself trapped in a dream world where she faces terror as she searches for someone she lost.
Best of 2004: Old Business
By Robert Starr
He knew what he had to say to be free, but somehow he could never bring himself to say it.
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
netizens. This link takes you to a basic intro and provides further
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