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

I thought that this month I'd be writing about getting older, as I have a birthday coming up soon- but I really don't think about aging too much any more. Then I thought about really stirring things up with my usual diatribe on gun rights, but chickened out. Then I remembered what all of us here have to have in common to keep coming back- imagination.

Do you ever stop to think about your imagination?

Every invention, every step towards civilization required someone to imagine a better way of doing something. Creativity relies on consideration of possibilities as much as bringing the possible into existence. Pretty powerful, that imagining thing.

We all enjoy tickling our imaginations with stories or we wouldn't be reading this Zine. Stories are inventions too- every fairy tale, myth, urban legend... All share the mark of an imagination. And we've learned how to enjoy the products of other people's imaginations. I sometimes wonder if that's not the biggest reason we humans have come so far- the ability to think of something that no one has ever thought of before and make it real. Of course, I'm not mentioning all the hard work that goes into making a thought into an object. That's a different topic. Ideas, imagination, dreams... These have made us what we are today.

Oh, and the hard work of course.

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Serialized Stories

  • Analore -Part 2 of 2-
    By Joseph B. St. John
    "Jonah was as good as dead. He lived, he worked, and he camped, but no one could really call him alive until he found the way to Analore..."

  • Read more great stories from the Aphelion Archives

    Short Stories

  • The Crave
    By Vasilis Afxientou
    "I get this craving you see, a boner of an urge really, to get to tinkering in my garage."
  • Hunger
    By Joshua Beavers
    Sammy's problem is his appetite. Kurt’s problem is Sammy.

  • Planet of the Living Clouds
    By Norman Hess
    A strange world, inhabited by strange creatures and stranger human beings.

  • Loved by the Angel of Death
    By McCamy Taylor
    Another "Sister Death" story. Diogo walks and talks like a living man, but he is beginning to suspect that he might be dead...

  • Nine
    By Craig Cornwell
    Dead before his time, Spencer is given another chance at life. Naturally, there is a catch.

  • Once Upon a Time
    By Jeff Williams
    Pale Horse rode silently across the desert plain, his faded jeans and homespun shirt coated in dust and sand.

  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs
    By Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols
    "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes..."

  • Spring Break
    By Mark Stanley
    On the Havana Strip with his playboy college chums, football hero Jock Karn learns that his pals are determined to have a good time, even if it kills them.

  • Tempus Fugit
    By G.L. Berkin
    Time flies like an arrow...

  • Toxic Waste
    By Steven Varner
    Swifty was an old time tough guy, out of place in this brave new world.

  • How Did I Get Myself Into This?
    By Dan L. Hollifield
    "When in danger or in doubt- run in circles, scream and shout."
    -- Woodrow Wilson Smith, 1912- ?

  • Read the updated Submissions Guidelines
    Aphelion Submissions Guidelines Page

    Poetry and Filk Music

  • Poet and a Starman
    By Bill Sutton
  • Ariel Comes
    By David Blalock

  • Imprinting Jehovah
    By Lloyd Michael Lohr

  • Black Helicopters
    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 Mark 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 instalment!

  • The Listening Room
    By Rob Wynne
    Rob Wynne takes a look at recordings of interest to science fiction and fantasy fans in this semi-regular column. In this issue: Passing Through by Bill Sutton

  • Wayward Musings
    by Kim Holec
    Kim remembers Marion Zimmer Bradley.
  • Double Wide
    by Jim Parnell
    Volstead Oh-Vodey-Oh-Doh! -- When the Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Blasted. WARNING: Contains Language.

  • Excentrivial Musings
    The Aphelion Cartoon Page.

  • Dan Hollifield reviews:
    Coming soon- a new review. I promise.

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

  • P.S.

    In case anyone is curious as to exactly what's been keeping me so busy, I've planned a few webpages that show the progress of my landscaping, interior decoration, and housework. Look for it in my personal pages at Casa Vila. It’s the beginning of a sort of photographic timeline of my yard work 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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