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The Usual Rant from Aphelion's Senior Editor:

Start planning for ApheliCon 3 in May of 2007!

Having a cold is no fun, but I guess that if that's all I've got to complain about then I must be doing pretty well, all things considered. I've been under the weather for a couple of weeks now, but I'm starting to feel much better. I hope that by the time the Thanksgiving holidays are over and I go back to work that I'll be 100% again. I've managed to battle the germ back to just general aches and a stuffy nose. I can cope with that.

Those of you who know me well will have spotted the anomaly in the previous paragraph. I can just hear the wheels spinning now... "Wait a minute - He works rotating shifts... He doesn't *get* holidays off. What gives?" Well, it seems that there's this slump in the housing industry here in the US. People were building new houses like madmen all year. Then in September, they slowed down for the coming Winter months. The company that I work for is somewhat overstocked with insulation at the moment. They're cutting back a little on making new insulation in order to try and get the present inventory cleared out of the warehouses. So the company has shut down all of its factories during the Thanksgiving holidays, and will do so again during the Christmas holidays. What does that mean? It means that I - and several thousands of co-workers - will be getting two extra vacation weeks this year. All expenses un-paid, of course.

So if you've been putting off buying new fiberglass insulation to add to what's already in your attics and floors, now is a good time to rush out and buy some! You'll be making your homes more energy efficient, and putting me back to work at the same time. Both are good things, in the long run. Your heating bills will be lower this winter, and your cooling bills lower next summer. Plus you'll be making sure that I can afford all the little extras in life, like electricty, running water, house payments, and- Oh, things like internet access... 8^)
OK, now that we've all had a good laugh, you can stop worrying. Aphelion is not going to vanish because I miss two paychecks between now and New Years. I was only kidding about that. Nor am I about to get tossed out of Casa Vila. The November house payment was made weeks ago. The December house payment is already in the bank waiting to be paid out. And the January house payment will get built up over the next seven weeks. I'm in no financial danger yet, nor will I be unless the housing market falls into a bottomless pit. And if nothing bad happens between now and Income Tax time, Lyn and I will have an additional safety belt in the form of a hefty IRS return on my 2006 taxes.

So what am I going to do with my time off? Well, Lyn has been after me to work on another story for Aphelion, and to finish the manuscript for the novel I started last year. With her to inspire me to greater efforts than I'd have made by myself, maybe I can even sell this one. It's a brave new world out there. I'm going to see if I can carve myself a slice of it!


I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...

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Aphelion Staff:

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Senior Editor, Publisher
Iain Muir
Poetry/Filk Editor
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Robert Moriyama
Short Story Editor
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Jeffrey Williams
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Roger Bennett
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Cary Semar
Short Story Editor Emeritus

Serialized Stories & Novellettes

  • Nightwatch: Sed Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
    --Part One--

    By Bill Wolfe
    The Nightwatch Institute may not be perfect, but they do try to keep an eye out for all manner of threats. By-and-large, they do a fair job of making sure that the world you know when you go to sleep is still there when you wake up. But if they're watching out for us, who's watching them?

    A new shared universe series: Nightwatch, under the direction of Jeff Williams.

Short Stories

  • The Tomato Revolution
    by Brian Lowis
    In Jack's world, the King controlled everything, but the eating habits of his subjects most of all. For the upper classes, only chicken, cow, pig, lamb, and goat could be eaten. For the rest, only oats and wheat. Vegetables (and tomatoes) were forbidden ...

  • Neuropol
    by Philip Hamm
    The Neuropolice had discovered that teacher Jason Runner had been tampering with the officially-sanctioned knowledge base that formed the only means of contact for most of the population. He had inserted interpretations of history contrary to government positions into the lessons streamed to his students. The truth would not set him free, however.

  • The Dying Days of Summer
    by Terry Gibbons
    Life on Mars wasn't quite Hell, but it came close. Cut off from contact with Earth, the scattered settlements had become bitter rivals, with raids and outright fighting all too common. Then Alex Braxxian, his sister Anna, and the infamous Aaron Thorne stumbled on a wrecked -- but maybe salvageable -- ship.
    (This story has previously appeared in Planet Magazine.)
  • The Best Laid Plans
    by Natalie J E Potts
    When their buddy invented a time machine small enough to hold in your hand, Brett and Cameron figured they had the means to commit the perfect crime. Of course, perfection is an elusive thing ...

  • Guaranteed Analysis: An Eventuality Tale
    by Brad Andrews
    Horatio-17 was a lush garden world, considered a prime candidate for terraforming. But first, the Infantry had to deal with the garden itself, which tended to tear intruders to pieces.

  • Survival
    by Meghashri Dalvi
    Her experiments with the Time Machine had stranded her in the prehistoric past, among people she considered savages. But she found that everything she thought she knew about them was wrong, and began using her knowledge of medicine to aid the tribe that adopted her. There was a problem with this, of course. Every action that she took could be one that changed the future beyond recognition -- couldn't it?

  • Handel's House of Horror
    by Craig Cornwell
    Handel was a detective with an unusual clientele. The back door to his office led to anywhere and anywhen, and the people who came through it had special needs. Take Raven Van Helsing, for example, who wanted someone to help her to destroy a nest of vampires. All those hours of watching Britney: Vampire Hunter would not go to waste...

  • A Matter of Pride
    by Robert Moriyama
    Al Majius is asked to investigate when the Alpha Male of a nation of lion people seems to have failed in one of his primary duties: passing his genes on to as many females as possible. It's a case where the scents make no sense to anyone, and Al and Githros must figure out who's lion to whom.

Poetry and Filk Music

The Mare Inebrium

The Mare Inebrium
Shared Universe Project...

I open up my own Spaceport Bar to other writers!
This link takes you to the full introduction to the project.
The Mare Inebrium Starter Kit.
--Updated 2/7/2004--

This is a link to all the background information for the Mare Inebrium stories so far.
This is a must read for all Mare Inebrium writers and fans!

Tales of the Mare Inebrium
All the Mare Inebrium Stories to date.

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all the Mare Inebrium Stories on one page!

A Timeline of Bethdish: Updated 6-28-05

All the Nightwatch Stories to date.

The Nightwatch Archives

The Nightwatch Series Bible


  • The Pollwatchers!
    by Cary Semar
    Aphelion's Cary Semar turns his eye towards the 2004 political scene.

  • Dan Hollifield Reviews:
    The Tower of Morkai

    Book 3 of the Thran Chronicles
    A review of the 3rd Thran novel by H. David Blalock.

  • Double Wide
    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 list of just the Double Wide features.
  • Aphelion Banners
    And banner artwork for links.

    If you want to link to Aphelion and want more than a text link, then this page is for you. Some of these banners are finished, but most of them lack only my adding text to make them complete. Unfinished banners can be completed and e-mailed to you within 8 days. The banner HTML code-- and image --can be e-mailed on request, or can be more simply copied from the "View / Page Source" option in your web browser. Finished images can be copied from the banner artwork page itself. An exchange of links or banner links is always welcome.
    Link Swap E-mail should be sent to: Dan Hollifield

  • A Challenge to Writers...
    Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story. Challenge 1 is the paintings of Daniel Hannaquand, Challenge 2 is a collection of narrative hooks composed by Dan Hollifield.
  • Aphelion Links Page
    Click here to see the Links Page. Our fellow E-zines, Astronomy, research material, entertainment, and much, much more!

  • Aphelion IRC Chat
    Information about an underused feature for Aphelion. IRC Chat is a fun way to talk to our readers, writers, staff members, and other netizens. This link takes you to a basic intro and provides further links to the IRC software that you can download for free. Look for new updates as we refine this feature.
  • Aphelion JAVA Chat
    --Repaired 3\25\2003--
    For a quick look at the JAVA chat client, this link launches a new browser window that takes you to a Log-in form for a JAVA-based chat in your browser window. No special programs are needed. This will be a very simple, but passable IRC client, very no-frills. This will also tell you if there's anyone else in the chatroom, by the way.

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