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Hi folks! I'm still snowed under with house-buying/furniture-moving/utility-transfering stuff and can't contribute much to new issues of Aphelion yet. Nevertheless, I have been reading each issue since entering that limbo known as "The 15 year mortgage"- kicking and screaming all the way, you can rest assured!

Right off the bat I'd like to thank each member of the Editorial Mafia for jumping in and doing more than their fair share of work in keeping Aphelion running. Jeff, Cary, Martin, Kim, and Rob have all been busting their collective butts to bring you the best fiction on the web while I've been doing nothing more strenuous than signing papers, moving 1200 sq. ft. of belongings, and killing kudzu in my new back yard.

Sure, my name is at the top of the masthead.

Sure, I began Aphelion and ran it as a one-man operation for the first year and a half.

Sure, I wanted to bring you readers the best stories that the internet had to offer.

But guess what? I could have never pulled it off by myself. Ever.

So here we all are at the January '99 issue of Aphelion and about to embark on our 3rd year of speculative fiction. Actually, I never dreamed that we'd come so far so fast. I couldn't have written this wild a story! Aphelion keeps climbing higher in the Top 100 Webpages list, the stories keep getting better, the look of the zine keeps improving, readers actually use the Lettercol, and sometimes the writers even get some fanmail! Sheesh! Some of the writers have even sold some of their work! Now that's my idea of success for a webzine!

I suppose that the gist of what I'm saying is that my "little webzine" has grown into something great and that I owe it all to the staff and yourselves, the readers. Thank you all for what you've done.

Now its time for me to shut up and let you get to reading. But I want you all to know that you've made me proud.


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Aphelion Staff:

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

Serialized Stories

  • A Saucerfull of Secrets -Part 2-
    By Dan L. Hollifield
    While Dan is on vacation, we're running a classic Hollifield story never before seen in Aphelion. Threat of Valleor will return in March!
  • Zod -Part 8-
    By Neil McGill
    A side-splitting sci-fi romp through the cosmos. Look out Douglas Adams! McGill may just steal your thunder!

  • On the Corner of Galaxy and Fifth -Part 5-
    By Robert Wynne & Jeff Williams
    Trauma devises a desperate plan to save the galaxy...

  • Maya -Part 2-
    By A.D. Jackson
    An unusual object in Bimini; a strange signal from Neptune; an unknown mission to Pluto. The mystery of Maya begins...

  • Read more great stories from the Aphelion Archives

    Short Stories

  • Side One
    By William Brinkman
    Campus radical Marjorie Carter holds in her hands the life of conservative editor Jon Carson. Will she do nothing as her group moves on to the 'next level of activism' or will she risk her life to save a man she despises?

  • We Do Windows, Too
    By Atk. Butterfly
    Don't wait for opportunities to knock, create your own.

  • Dr. Exigente
    By A.Y. Tanaka
    Mi clase es su clase.

  • Snow Snipers
    By T.S. George
    It was just another mission for the group of snipers, until things began to go wrong...

  • The Wailing Tree
    By Kate Hill
    Inspired by the Daniel Hanequand painting "Three Souls."

  • The Gathering
    By Iain Muir
    The tavernkeeper knew they were not ordinary guests, but they had money to throw away and that is what mattered to Appleyard.

  • Nikki Time
    By Jeff Williams
    Sometimes a man's best friend comes in the most unexpected forms...

  • Harsh Rains
    By Tom Oliver
    Delta III, or Del3 as the colonists came to call it, had an extremely fragile ecology. When the rains came late one year, the situation became very serious indeed!

  • The Bargain
    By Nicholas J. Perry
    The wars had left Roylston Mithers with nothing, but his memories.

  • Chapter 43: Encounter at Khasad-Mur
    By John C. Shanahan
    Now for the conclusion of yet another volumes-spanning epic, pitting our farmboy-turned-savior against the-evil-that-will-not-die.

  • Eyes of the Lily
    By Wendy A. Simpson
    Quintana's body was getting old and it was time to find a younger one.

  • The Sin of the Father
    By Rene Steen
    The time traveller had disrupted the course of history; now he had to put it right.

  • Chance
    By T.S. George
    A Story of the Mare Inebrium

  • Poetry and Filk Music

  • The Last Avatar of Light
    By Michael Carl Musser

  • What Price Death?
    By Iain Muir

  • Unicorn
    By David Blalock

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  • Features

    The Mare Inebrium shared universe project
    I open up my own Spaceport Bar to other writers!
    The Mare Inebrium Shared Universe Project
  • Aphelion's Daily Comics
    By Ian McDonald, Mark Stanley, and Steve Troop
    Did he say daily? Yep, Aphelion is proud to feature three of the funniest comic strips on the Internet, Ian McDonald's "Bruno the Bandit", Mark Stanley's "Freefall", and Steve Troop's "The Melonpool Chronicles". Bookmark this page, you don't want to miss a single installment!

  • The Importance of Heroes
    By Anthony Isabella
    Special to Aphelion this month, we are proud to reprint a series of columns written by professional author Tony Isabella. Tony examines the nature of heroes, both in modern fiction and the real world.

  • Double Wide
    by Jim Parnell
    WARNING: Contains Language! Meet Bubba. Um, we're not sure exactly what he's about, but he said that if we didn't print this, he'd come to visit our office and explain it.
  • Conventional Wisdom
    by Dell Stinnett
    Strangers No More -- We Sing! Read all about the upcoming Georgia filk con, and explore the exiting world of science fiction's own folk music.
  • 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.

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