I don't really have a rant in me for this issue. Its way late, but personal stuff kept getting in the way of my putting the issue together. Sorry folks, but that's life. I did manage to break a word-barrier during my last good writing session on my Nightwatch story. The current edited draft runs 40,481 words. It is now a novel. First time I've ever been able to reach that sort of word-count. But, it still isn't finished. I still have lots left to do. I hope it turns out all right.
Someone e-mailed me what I thought was the perfect ending scene for the last episode of Enterprise: As the camera pulls back from Archer for the last time, he is surrounded by an electrical corona- which then brightens to a whiteout... And then Dr. Sam Becket finally leaps back into his own body, inside the Imaging Chamber of Project Quantum Leap. LOL! I thought that one was pretty cool.
From all reports, the BBC TV version of Hitchhiker's Guide is still the best one to watch. The new version doesn't seem to work for most of the fans who've been vocal with their opinions. I've read nothing but bad reviews of it. On the other hand, people who have never heard of HHGG before seem to enjoy it. Maybe it will even out.
I've been catching up on my reading for my book reviews, too. Look for those to start popping up here in Aphelion in the near future. As well as all sorts of other updates in the other areas of the website. Its time I got busy catching up on everything.
I'm going to re-run this next section over the next few months. It'll be updated whenever I get new information.
I guess I ought to say a few more words about the
upcoming Aphelion party. So far the party will be the first weekend of
August. Mostly on Saturday the 6th, but guests that can only show up
Friday or Sunday will be welcome as well. Anyone interested in
attending is asked to e-mail me at ApheliCon 1 or post in
the ApheliCon 1
thread in the Lettercol's Administrivia folder. The
party/mini-con is open to anyone who wants to travel to Athens, Ga. USA
for some fun and food in my back yard. Nothing fancy, just a
get-together for anyone who lives close enough or wants to undertake
the trek here. It looks like less than 10 people so far. That's not a
problem for a backyard party. I will need to know in advance just how
many people to plan for. If there are too few to warrant a cook-out,
then I know of several local places where enough munchies and meals can
be gotten for party guests. I hope to see as many Aphelion readers
and writers here as possible. I think that there are about ten Aphelion
writers living within four hours (more or less) drive of here. And I
guesstimate that there *could* be ten times that many Aphelion readers
in the same area. If all of you came, I'd be shocked. Delighted, but
shocked. But do rest assured that you are all invited. Directions can be sent to you on request- And I am
working on some JPGs of maps of the route from Atlanta to Athens, then
out to my place- seven or eight miles North of Athens.
I'll put the maps online and post the URLs so that you can download and
print them at your leasure. Contributions to the food budget will be
welcomed, but there is no plan
to charge admission or cover. If necessary, for people who want to stay
the whole weekend, there are local hotels and
motels in Athens that can fit most budgets. All are near major highways
and none worth staying in are more than half an hour's drive from my
home. And over half of that time would be traffic delays from hotels in
downtown Athens. But realistically, I doubt there will be more people
here than I can find bed, couch, or floor space for, in case they have too much to drink. (Please
pardon my ranting on this point, but I will not allow you to leave if
you've over indulged- even if it means that I choose to sleep on the
floor that night. As a good host, I cannot risk your safety if it is
within my power to prevent you from accident or arrest for DUI. This is
not a point upon which I will accept any debate. You are free to behave
as adults will - if you are of age, but I'll find a way to pick-pocket
your car keys if you get too lit. Fair warning. You are my friends and
my online family. I don't want to lose any of you to any misfortune.)
everyone that has expressed interest so far lives within local driving
range. Except for Kate, she said she's going to fly in from California!
LOL! If she can manage that, shouldn't you folks who live in the
Southeastern US also be thinking about coming to the party? *I'm*
excited. This may be my only chance to meet Kate Thornton in person! As
well as the others of you who have expressed interest in coming to the
My worst nightmare would be that ten people confirm that they are
coming, three rent hotel/motel rooms, the other seven either don't
drink alcohol or plan to drink responsibly, I plan hamburgers, chicken,
and salad for ten-- and ten thousand people show up totally un-announced. LOL! Let us work together to give me accurate numbers, shall we?
It looks to be a fun weekend, in any case. Hope to see you here!
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
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!
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Serialized Stories & Novellettes
Holes in the Sky
By Vera Searles In the year twenty-seven twenty-six, Keesha and her young son anxiously
await the end of the New Productivity Era. Their food supplies are
being severely decreased, and they are running out of memrix. Keesha
plans to try to escape from the Dwin - - through the invisible holes in
Down by the River, Part II
By J. H. McKay
Vern wanted nothing more than to be able to live out the rest of his
life in quiet seclusion. Then one night he was awakened by a shooting
star coming down by the river. What he found the next morning seemed
like nothing much, but before he knew it his life, and possibly much
else, had been irrevocably altered.
Raising Father Kilpatrick
By Terry Dartnall Jack and his Uncle Lupus dig up an old friend of the 'family'. But Father K. is a bit peeved -- he's been buried for a long time!
By Chris Harris Bob and Anne were the perfect neighbors. Okay, they weren't human, but aside from that -- they did a fine job of drawing attention away from the really weird
stuff going on.
Girl's Best Friend
By Mark Griswold
In the future, celebrities won't be a dime a dozen -- but their copies might be treated as if they were.
Atraxes the Bold
By Sohrab Koohpaima Atraxes, the bravest of the brave, must risk everything to destroy the Leviathan before it can crush the city and all who dwell within. All he asks is to stand out from
the crowd just once before he dies.
The Man With Two Minds
By Donald Sullivan Jake Stewart has something on his mind. Or perhaps that should be 'someone IN his mind'. Between that, saving the world, and getting his girlfriend back, he's
really feeling the pressure.
The Day the Leash Gave Way
By Trent Zelazny Little Etchy had it all: a dog to play with, a Mom who would always be there for him. Mind you, Sam McKenna thought it less than ideal that Mom and dog had
both been dead for quite some time ...
Songs of Steam Lungs (Part 1)
By D. D. H. Lee War is hell. But for a Wright or a Smith, learning to listen to the metal could make things a lot easier.
By Robert Moriyama Al Majius must deal with a tiny little world-threatening problem caused by the secret weapon conjured by the College Masters. And Githros can't help him with this one ...
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
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