Hello and welcome to the June 2020 issue of Aphelion!
Hi there! On May 19th
and 20th my old
1995 novella “Abducted!” was published on Amazon as an e-book and
Three Ravens Publications. There is also an audiobook version in
right now. Professionally edited, these versions are a complete and
rewrite of the original story. This was my first Tom Darby story. I
expected to write another one, but then he showed up as a very minor
a Mare Inebrium story, and a slightly less minor character in the
shared universe as well. Last year He became, in essence, one of my
readable main characters. I then started expanding my old outlines of
prequel backstory that Nightwatch had prompted, and expanded the
two post-“Abducted!” stories I have had on the back burner for many
Nightwatch, Tom’s character suddenly blossomed into a much more nuanced
personality. He was now much more complex and developed, and the
rewrites of “Abducted!”
needed to reflect that character development. So, I went to work.
A Tom Darby Adventure
is where the e-book and paperback can be found. The audiobook will be
same link once production has finished on it. Yes, I am blowing my own
bit here in Aphelion—a place dedicated to the achievements of others
myself. But since this is only my 4th pro
writing credit in the past
22 years, I do hope you can forgive my enthusiasm. I’m as excited for
now, as I have been for each Aphelion writer who has turned pro over
two decades. And, realistically speaking, I’d never have had this
without Aphelion teaching me the same lessons that our cadre of pro
learned here as well. I am no different from any of you. Aphelion
writers’ commentary helped me learn the basics of what I needed to
why the Forum section is there. So you can tell us what we got right
story, and how we can look to improve it, and our storytelling in
we write something new.
As to current events, I shall say
little. The current
pandemic I hope finds you and yours well and taking all necessary
I have lost, and stand to lose more, friends to this disease. No matter
your opinions may be, these are dangerous times. “It’s just a flu?”
was the one in 1918. As have been many others throughout history.
People still died.
I don’t want to be one of them or carry the virus home to my own family
I wear a mask or bandana when in public—at work or going shopping or
That’s a minor sacrifice to have to make. I’m not attending any more
conventions this year, or even my family reunion, because I believe in
danger the virus can present to people I care about.
As to US politics, I will say even less. My wife and I did the
option in our state primaries. We shall do so again in the national
I will say that it is important for everyone in the US to vote if you
age. No matter what your political beliefs, if any, it is important to
Otherwise, you have given up your voice in our political arena. Not my
tell you who to vote for, or against. I can only tell you how important
that your voice be counted among the votes cast. My opinions on the
candidates for each office are immaterial. I can only urge you to
and let your votes be counted. Our particular flavor of Democratic
only fare well when all possible voters let their voice be heard. If
silent, everyone suffers the will of those who do voice their choices.
In closing, let me say that each of
you is important. Each
of you has value. Each of you is vital. Your location is immaterial,
you are each and every one of you important. Stay safe, use your voice
represent your beliefs, and I care about each and every one of you.
Title: A deep infrared view of the Orion Nebula from HAWK-I
Photo Credit: ESO/H. Drass et al.