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Welcome back for our 18th issue!

OK, we're going to update the submissions Addresses. I'm now asking that short story submissions please be sent to Cary Semar and serialized stories to Martin Delgado-Scott, poetry to Kim Holec, material for the features to Rob, general mail and editorial stuff to me. Now all of these are brand new addresses, so please take note. I'll repeat them on the submissions guidelines page and at the bottom of this page.

Please remember to check out "Bruno the Bandit" each day as cartoonist Ian McDonald uploads a new comic strip. Ian is letting us showcase his comic strip six days a week! You'll find the URL in the Features Section lower in this page.

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Aphelion Staff:

Dan Hollifield
Senior Editor, Publisher
Roger Bennett
Editor Emeritus
Robert Wynne
Cary Semar
Short Story Editor
Lee Whiteside
SFTV Schedule Reporter
Martin Delgado-Scott
Serials Editor
Kim Holec
Poetry Editor

Serialized Stories

  • The Threat of Valleor -Part 6-
    By Dan L. Hollifield
    An ancient evil vies with an Immortal hero - while innocent lives hang in the balance.

  • Time and Time Again -Part 17-
    By Cris Lawrence
    Danger leads to strange meetings.
    (This story finished 7th in the '97 Preditors & Editors "Top 10 on the Internet")

  • Trigeminus -Part 10-
    By Dennis Talent
    Aliens among us, what are they really like?

  • Witness of the World -Part 10-
    By Chad Cottle
    Memories of a telepathic child.

  • Though the Dark Veil -Part 11 & 12-
    By Allen Woods
    High Fantasy as an adventure begins.
    (Allen was the winner of the '97 Preditors & Editors contest)

  • Zod -Part 6-
    By Neil McGill
    A side-splitting sci-fi romp through the cosmos. Look out Douglas Adams! McGill may just steal your thunder!

  • Dry Run -Part 6-
    By Mark E. Cotterill
    Two youngsters on an epic adventure in space.

  • Pop's Cabin -Part 3-
    By D. A. Krikorian
    Vacations are meant to be fun, relaxing- but something always seems to crop up...

  • Life at the Top -Part 4-
    By Stephen Lipscomb
    Everyone has wanted to be a rock star at one time or another. How would you react if you woke up one day to find out that you were suddenly someone else?

  • Poison -Part 4-
    By "Krazy Kat"
    Adventures of a rebellious mercenary- and her troop of space-marines.

  • On the Corner of Galaxy and Fifth -Part 2-
    By Robert Wynne & Jeff Williams
    As Trauma searches for the meaning of the cryptic note,
    George finds he's gone quite thoroughly down the rabbit hole...

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  • The Room and the Ended Cycle
    By Jeremiah Allsman
    Passing the key to reality, one last time.

  • The Balm
    By Dustin Appel
    Everything has a price.

  • Slipping Away
    By Noel Carroll
    The truth about the HR7698 mission

  • Nightmarket
    By Tania Evans
    "The nightmarket of Ehala is one of the ancient desert
    city's most interesting places, and one of the most dangerous..."
  • Doreen
    By Pravin Jeyara
    She was a sweet little car....

  • Tia of the Moon
    By Kate Hill
    You can go home, if you have the courage.

  • Sarons
    By Alex Lanoszka
    The Intergalactia saga continues....

  • Brimstone and Nitro
    By Steve Lazarowitz
    When they drag race in Destiny, you are first prize.

  • Ghost Station Beta
    By Michael D. Mancini Jr.
    There is some unfinished business at the old moon base.

  • Blood Red Rose
    By McCamy Taylor
    This flower never withers.

  • Jiakka
    By Valance Patriarche
    The berserker's tale.

  • Twitch
    By Mikie Tanier
    Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

  • Darkness Falls
    By Dave Van Os
    Some nightmares are not dreams.

  • Clone Test
    By G.W. Thomas
    When a throne is at stake, nothing may be left to chance

  • Yours Truly
    By Allen Woods
    Beware of the Bodacho

  • Triumverate
    By Jeff Williams
    The Captain's word is law onboard the ship
    ...but what if the Captain's insane?

  • Features

    The Mare Inebrium shared universe project
    I open up my own Spaceport Bar to other writers!
    The Mare Inebrium Shared Universe Project
  • Bruno the Bandit
    By Ian McDonald
    Aphelion is proud to feature the work of cartoonist Ian McDonald. Follow Bruno the thief and his pet micro-dragon Fiona on their madcap adventures of sword and sorcery. UPDATED DAILY -- don't miss it!

  • A Word in Your Ear
    By Robert Wynne
    Censorship, and whatever to do about it...

  • Guest Commentary
    By Denise
    The Rules for Being Human

  • Coming Next Issue:
    The Aphelion Poetry Page

    Edited By Kim Holec
    Because you asked for poetry...

  • Starbase Update SFTV Schedules and News
    Compiled by Lee Whiteside.

  • Dan Hollifield reviews:
    This month- Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny

  • Excentrivial Musings
    The Aphelion Cartoon Page.

  • Mare Inebrium Wallpaper Page
    51 JPGs you can download and convert to Bitmaps for wallpaper. This is a slow-loading page, but well worth it.

  • The Awards Page
    All of the Awards that Aphelion has won.

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