Aphelion Issue 215, Volume 21
March 2017
 
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Serials & Long Fiction

Things
by Robin B. Lipinski



*** BEST OF APHELION ***

*** 20 YEARS ***

Cheng Ho
By R. Michael McLellan
A tale of horror in the farthest reaches of space... Captain Jim Stillson will be a rich man if he can bring the spaceship, Cheng Ho, back to earth. But after he discovers what killed the pets, crew and passengers, he has to decide if the risks are worth the money.

Chatterton Reef
By McCamy Taylor
The descendants of the human race left dry land behind long ago, choosing to live in the oceans with varying types and degrees of genetic modifications. But the one thing they took with them was the instinct for war.

The Queen's Head
By Rob Hunter
A tale of the planet Chalifoux, inhabited by an advanced, weasel-like race. Police Inspector Pingold is called upon to solve a mystery involving murder and the head of a queen dead for millennia.

Pop Fly
By N. J. Kailhofer
A tale of miners versus pirates in outer space. (The author tells us that "An earlier draft of this story won an Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest, 2004. Adding up all the different versions, MS word says this story has been revised 76 times since the first draft in '94 (when it was a 3rd person story). Enough is enough.") (Originally appeared in the June, 2009 issue.)