Aphelion Issue 257, Volume 24
December 2020 / January 2021
 
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December Short Stories

The Black Melody Journal
by Travis Walsh
"A secret between her and the hundreds of silver silhouettes staring at her from the field behind the old, perfect house."

Peach Clobber
by William Joseph Roberts
How far can VR go? How far SHOULD it go?

Late Bloomer
by M. J. Guillotte
"They all hoped for new soil in the end."

The Wizard and Sorceress of Crater Lake
by Bruce Rowe
The true origin story of Crater Lake.

Horror at Willow Lake
by Isaac Lowry
Come on, David, you've gotta be better than this.

Static
by Carl Walmsley
"Look after them – but let them grow up. At some point, that will mean letting them grow beyond you."

The Line Of The Reality
A Mare Inebrium Story
by Sergio “ente per ente” PALUMBO
Edited by Michele DUTCHER
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy..."



Best of 2020




The Beyond Is The Beginning
by J. B. Toner
"I was Archon, steward of the Maker. I was Death, the shatterer of worlds. I was Man, the mediator. I was something new."

Aidan in St. Stephen's Green
by T. J. Matthews
"Discipline. Discipline and control. Along straight lines. Not squiggly. Not curvy. Too many curvy lines, these days."

The Sum of His Parts
by Jeff Parsons
Spider (or, excuse me, Aubrey) makes first contact.

The Roosterfish Pie of Ovas-9
by Arto Koistinen
"The place was a right backwater. It was also the only planet in the galaxy where you could still find true roosterfish."

On Paper, Rock and Water
by Margaret Karmazin
"Was it simply enough to produce art if no other sentient creature other than himself laid eyes upon it?"

Caveman
by T. Richard Williams
Being a cyborg isn't all arm cannons and laser vision, you know.