First off, Happy Birthday Aphelion! We're starting another year of bringing you the best amateur fiction and poetry on the web. Thank you all for coming back time and time again. For reading the stories, and for making comments on them so that the writers may learn a few things about their craft. And thank you for the kindness that you've all shown to me over the last few trying months. Aphelion is not only a hobby/obsession with me. It has become an extended family. Thank you for being there when I need your support.
Sadly, there were other things going on the the background here at Aphelion during the last few months of 2004. In October, Cary Semar tendered his resignation as our Short Story Editor. He said he was just burned out after years and years of editing. Cary forwarded his folder of pending submissions to us, uploaded the final instalments of "The Pollwatchers" & his final stories, bid us a fond farewell, and stepped gracefully back into his real life. One good thing about losing Cary though, now he'll have time to write his own stories again.
But that put the Editorial Mafia and I into a quandry. Who could we get to attempt to step into Cary's shoes? Well, for various reasons of her own, McCamy isn't able to devote any more time to Aphelion than she already does. Ralph teaches at the same school that Jeff does- with the same sort of mad schedule, too. He couldn't accept. Rob Wynne, Jeff, and I met frequently in the chatroom to discuss the matter. We polled the whole staff, voiced our own opinions, mulled it over, and finally came up with a name. Someone who could both do the job, and just might have the time. Then Cary recommended the same person. The die was cast, fate had spoken, and with only a token struggle against a cruel fate- Robert Moriyama has been strong-armed into joining the Editorial Mafia as Aphelion's new Short Story Editor. You can extend all the proper expressions of sympathy over his abduction to Bob privately. I imagine that escape route maps and hacksaws baked into cakes are traditional gifts for the condemned- Er, lucky devil. This marks the first issue that Robert has edited. Please join me in welcoming him to Aphelion.
So as one friend retires, another friend steps to the fore to fight the neverending battle for creativity, literacy, and really intense spellchecking. LOL! Really, that's the way Aphelion's staff has always changed. People come in, stay a while, then move on when they have to. Meanwhile, other people come in to help out. Aphelion has always been evolving. I expect it will always keep evolving. Thanks to those many friends, readers & writers, artists, poets, musicians, who have helped make Aphelion into something special. I offer my own thanks to Cary Semar for all the years of hard work that he put in for Aphelion. Cary, you've helped make my dream real. You've helped make Aphelion the unparalleled success that it is today. You've helped hundreds of writers learn to be better writers. You've helped thousands of readers find something worth their time to read. Aphelion has reached readers and writers all over the world- in over 65 countries the last time I knew the statistics. You have been a big part of that success, Cary. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for everything.
You know, if we all cheer really loudly and clap our hands like crazy for Cary and Bob- all at the same time... I'd be willing to bet that we'd scare the crap out of the rest of the world. And some of us would be sure to get locked up.
Maybe we just better stick to e-mailing them instead. OK? LOL!
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
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folks! Without those messages we will never know what we need to
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Serialized Stories & Novellettes
The Human Cost
By Jon Wesick
Still haunted by abandoning the woman he loved at the massacre on
Epsilon Eridani IV, Interstellar Navy veteran Arjuna Matthew Diebold
tries to make a new life as a private investigator. With the help of
Colonel Tanaka, Matthew's love escapes an alien POW camp and flees to
Tau Ceti II. Now Matthew must help find the fugitives, before they
spread a deadly genetically engineered virus to the planet's
Bone Up Yar
By Dan Edelman
High again on the night of his biggest gig, musician Jechiel Andrade
confronts demons, both internal and the kind that eat souls.
The Snake, the Bald Man, and the Baby
By Greg Guerin
Marooned on a hostile planet, elite expeditionist Newen Newenfound had to depend on his New Zealander strength of will to survive. But after two long years, help was finally on its way -- just not the help he had been expecting.
Search. Destroy. Deceive.
By Tim C. Taylor
Joel was the best there was at the nasty business of sabotage and assassination. New toys based on technology from the future only made him better. So how was Oskar, a relative novice, giving him so much trouble?
Followed by Fire
By J. Alan Brown
Melody Burnside had been captivated by fire when she was younger, until the sting of an errant spark had turned fascination into wary respect. But fire still found her irresistible...
The Hounds of the Five Boroughs
By Brian C. Petroziello
New York detectives Minelli and Mulhearn are back on the job. This time, they're chasing down the source of the eerie howling that is driving the dogs of the Big Apple wild -- and may be connected to a string of seemingly unrelated deaths.
By K. Bannerman
The end of the world -- that's what Sadie Thorpe's dreams had showed her, night after night. Then the TV news said that her dreams had almost come true -- a rock as big as Texas had slipped by, far too close for comfort. But Sadie never dreamed of what happened next ...
By Shelly Wass
There's nothing like dying to put your life into perspective. Danice only wishes that Victor would show her still-warm body a little more kindness and respect than he did while she was alive.
By Phill Murray
In this excerpt from an unpublished (so far) novel, Phill Murray shows us that there's more than one way to 'time travel'. Some methods involve crystalline THC, linear accelerators, and ... cookies.
By Tain L. Barzso
Disease had stolen Samantha's life. Now Stephan, with the aid of the world's most sophisticated quantum computer, would bend time and reality to get her back.
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.
Click here to see the Links Page. Our fellow E-zines, Astronomy,
research material, entertainment, and much, much more!
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
links to the IRC software that you can download for free. Look for
new updates as we refine this feature.
Chat --Repaired 3\25\2003-- For a quick look at the JAVA chat client, this link launches a
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will be a very simple, but passable IRC client, very no-frills.
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