Aphelion Issue 260, Volume 25
April 2021
 
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Hello and welcome to the April 2021 issue of Aphelion!

In this issue, we have our regular issue's worth of outstanding original stories from our 24th year of continuous publication!

Another cold snap this week, promising to warm up a bit for the weekend. I'll be glad when Spring finally arrives. I am so tired of being cold all the time, LOL! Oh well, what can't be cured must be endured.

I've been rereading some of my old favorite classic books from the 1970s and '80s on my breaks at work. Most of them are better than I remembered, with the added benefit that I am now old enough to catch references I missed as a teen. Of course, there are other books which suffer because of my more mature nature these days. It's an even trade, I suppose. Noticing and understanding more can enhance, or degrade, the recollection of books first read decades ago. Some pass the tests of time, while others fail, and that is just the nature of things.

In any case, changing one's point of view due to gaining some measure of experience as time passes is usually a good thing. Rarely does more experience turn out to be a disadvantage. You might not be exactly happy to uncover the flaws in a story that you never saw before, but I believe it's a necessary part of life. 

Nothing can stay static and unchanging for long. Not if you're being honest with yourself. Ignorance really isn't bliss. Despite what you hear to the contrary, living in the dark isn't ever really fun. Sometime, it just seems like it, but it really isn't.

This is becoming a might too philosophical for me. I'd best get to letting you do what you came here to do!

About time I quit talking and let you get to reading!

Dan 

 



ON THE COVER

Title: Flexing Perseverance's Robotic Arm 

Courtesy:NASAJPL-Caltech