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The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...

Last month, I treated you all to my attitude towards the Star Wars movie - I still haven't seen it - but I think I figured out what's been keeping me out of the theaters for the last few years.

It's the hype.

I thought back over all the movies I'd seen or avoided over the last decade - the over-hyped ones were usually disappointing if I saw them, and the more modestly advertised films were much more fun. Usually. I have to confess that ads on TV now make it look as if "Phantom Menace" was filmed merely as a demo for a video game. I seem to have given up on video games lately, so you can imagine my negative delight every time I see an ad for the "Pod Racer" game. Never have liked those plug-in-to-the-TV kind of games, anyway.

I did go see "Mystery Men" and had a great time. That's a really neat movie. I plan on buying the video when it comes out. Although DVDs are begining to look better - to start saving shelf-space. Go see it for yourself - "Mystery Men" is worth the price of the ticket. If you like the Tick, or even Plastic Man, you'll like this movie. To paraphrase Brian Eno: "Wanna-be superheroes give you so much more."

What's really strange is that I've been avidly reading Mike Tanier's "Superhero Nation" here in Aphelion - with Mike's own slant on superhero wanna-be types - and the two tales dovetail oddly.

I guess what I'm getting at is that I've been cheating myself out of good movies by not going to the theaters more often. Its not the theater I have to avoid, its the hyped-up-but-disappointing movies. There are many, many more films out there - that aren't pushed on the public - that are worth going out to see. I plan on going out to see more of them now that the ice has been broken, so to speak. I may be in no hurry to see "Annikin Bratpacker" in the present and upcoming "Star Wars" installments, but "Mr. Furious", "The Shoveler", and "The Blue Raja" have spoken to me in a language that I cannot resist. That language is the belly-laugh and the bon mot.

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Serialized Stories

  • Superhero Nation -Part 4 of 5-
    By Mike Tanier
    It's 2049, and any kid can call himself a superhero if he's willing to spend a little money and break a few laws.

  • The Journeyman -Part 4 of 5-
    By Allen Woods
    Nothing in their lives could ever have prepared the citizens of Ithica, GA for the Journeyman.
  • Dreamer -Part 2 of 3-
    By Dan L. Hollifield
    A rare foray into pure fantasy, just to prove that I can do it. This story ran in 5 parts in the second incarnation of Dragon's Lair webzine in 1997.

  • Novellas and Novelettes

  • Morning Bird
    By Jeffrey Williams
    "Panda Swann awoke from a shallow sleep. Swinging her legs over the mattress of her bed, she slid off and dropped slowly to the floor. Quietly, Panda tiptoed towards the window and drew back her light green curtains. At first, she was greeted by the powerful orange light of the street lamps; however, despite the brightness, she was still able to see it hovering, seemingly motionless, in the night sky."

  • Read more great stories from the
    Aphelion Archives

    Short Stories

  • A Paranoid's Paradise
    By David J. Rollins
    You would have to be crazy to ride in a time machine.
  • Heros (In the Shadows)
    By Debra Laich
    Behind every great hero, there is someone unsung...

  • Father Shadow
    By Michael J. Martineck
    Hunted by police, private detectives and insurance investigators, Father Anthony only has one trick up his cassock, but it’s a good one.
  • Dancing Bird
    By Kelly D. Tolman
    "You can't just go chasing vanishing females in the night", and if you do...
  • Tarj's Hit
    By T.S. George
    Even in the Mare Inebrium- "Another day, another dollar..." for the galaxy's greatest living assassin.

  • Alien Sun
    By Daniel William Gonzales
    "There is no tale more full of woe, than that of Juliet and her Romeo."

  • Bronwon
    By Stephen Vollmer
    Here is a penetrating stare into the divorce that exists between civilization and nature.
  • Recycled
    By Noel Carroll
    Where are we going? We aren't certain. When will we get there? We don't know. But we are on our way.

  • Psyche
    By McCamy Taylor
    In hero tales, men try to find their way home. In heroine tales, women try to find their lost men. Here is the other side of "Ulysses," told from Molly's point of view.
  • Now I Know
    By Myke Anthony
    Harn and Aries have been best friends for years. Now they are faced with circumstances that can possibly bring the Galactic Alliance to war with the Cali people. If this happens it could escalate to a galactic war. What they do in the next few hours could impact the lives of trillions.

  • Einstein Versus Satan
    By Django Wexler
    There is more than one way to keep the devil way down in the hole.

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    Aphelion Submissions Guidelines Page

    Updated: August '99

    Poetry and Filk Music

  • A Flare of Beauty
    By Michael Carl Musser

  • A Hiccup In The Continuum
    By Lloyd Michael Lohr

  • Departure
    By Sven Kloepping

  • Crop Circles
    By Richard Stevenson

  • 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 ark Stanley, and Steve Troop
    Did he say daily? Yep, Aphelion is proud to feature two of the funniest comic strips on the Internet, Mark Stanley's "Freefall" and Steve Troop's "The Melonpool Chronicles". Bookmark this page, you don't want to miss a single installment!

  • The Aphelion Interview: McCamy Taylor
    by Jeff Williams
    Jeff Williams sits down with one of Aphelion's most popular writers, to discuss her life and work. This is the third in a series of Interviews we will be bringing you over the next few months.

  • Wayward Musings
    by Kim Holec
    Kim shares her thoughts about seeing the musical Chess at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
  • Double Wide
    by Jim Parnell
    On the Road -- Where it goes, nobody knows! WARNING: Contains language.

  • A Word In Your Ear
    by Rob Wynne
    Rob Wynne remembers DeForest Kelley, who passed away in July...

  • The Reading Room
    by Rob Wynne
    Rob Wynne takes a look at books of note in this semi-regular column. In this issue: The Ultimate Melonpool by Steve Troop (an Aphelion author!)

  • New Cartoon!Excentrivial Musings
    The Aphelion Cartoon Page.

  • New Review! Dan Hollifield reviews:
    A review of P.N. Elrod's "Vampire Files" Series of novels.

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

  • 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.

  • P.S.

    In case anyone is curious as to exactly what's been keeping me so busy, I've planed a few webpages that show the progress of my landscaping, interior decoration, and housework. Look for it in my personal pages at Casa Vila. Its the begining of a sort of photographic timeline of my yardwork and such. I don't know why anyone would want to see it, but Rob thought that someone might so I worked it up. Expect it to be updated as I get new film developed and scanned.


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