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readers over the years-
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The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
Hello again and welcome to another thrilling episode. This is
the last issue of Aphelion's third year- Next month we celebrate
Aphelion's birthday once again. Since I am one of those annoying people
who count 2001 to be the real beginning to the 21st. century, I could
say that this issue is the first of the last year of the 20th
century... But I won't. Aren't you glad?
I'm looking forward to the next century. If my health holds
out I stand to live long enough to see nearly half of the coming 21st
century. So many advances have happened within my lifetime so far- and
the rate is accelerating with every passing day. I was born in the same
hour as the USSR launched Sputnik II, I watched men walk in space, and
then on the moon, and now begin to reach toward Mars. I've watched
airplanes get bigger and faster, cars get faster and safer, the
computer become a common household item, and the mini-satellite dish
replace the giant TV antennas that once adorned every rural home. I was
one of the last generation of Americans who had to get a license to
operate a CB radio in my car. Now the number of autos with CBs or Cell
Phones is nearly equal to the number that don't. I am one of those
drivers that you see on the shoulder of the interstate reading a map to
figure out how to get un-lost. Now there are mobile GPS units and
computerized maps to help us poor sods. And let the record state that I
do indeed stop and ask for directions... frequently... Sometimes that
Another thing- If you're reading this then the Y2K fears were
overblown, but if you're not reading this then I hope that you have
sufficient stockpiles of canned goods, bottled water, firewood, and
ammunition to enable you to survive the fall of civilization. I have
only about three months’ worth of rifle ammo myself, but I could
stretch it further by doing some hunting with handguns. In case of
extreme emergency, I do have a black powder rifle and pistol and know
enough chemistry in order to make gunpowder when my supply runs out.
Hopefully though, civilization has not fallen, Mad Max is not running
for President, and hordes of looters have not emptied the local grocery
stores. At least, no more than usual. With any real luck, the
millennium madness will wear off soon and the whole world can get back
And if you are indeed reading this then you can assume that we
have reached normality and anything that you still can't cope with is
therefore your own problem. We'll send Marvin back to lead you to the
bridge sometime soon.
One final note; It has come to my attention that some of you
are actually reading my editorials rather than scrolling on down and
getting straight to the stories. I'm warning you, if this keeps up I'll
have no recourse but to get up on my soapbox and preach about things
like why you should vote, or why you should fight to retain your right
to own firearms, or why you should demand faster progress on
low-pollution automobiles, or even why you should uphold the rights of
those people who run the adult websites on the internet. I can't
promise that you'll agree with me, but I can promise that you'll want
to think about what I say.
Until then, I am proud to bring you another issue of Aphelion.
I'll shut up now and let you get to reading.
Thanks for your time.
I'd like to thank those of you who have sent e-mails or signed into the
Lettercol for your feedback. Keep those messages coming, folks!
Without those messages we will never know what we need to improve
upon. Hope you like the improvements so far!
Senior Editor, Publisher
Short Story Editor
Production Editor/Serials Editor
Serialized Stories and Novellas
There weren't any Serials or Novellas for this issue.
We have some in the pipeline for the next issue, so stay tuned
and enjoy the short stories, please!
By Ralph Benedetto, Jr. It's possible that the first meeting between mankind
and another intelligence will be a noble event.Then again, since there
will be people involved, maybe not.
Dreams of Me
By McCamy Taylor "...there are things all around us, other times, other
places, that we do not see or hear, because our brain filters them out."
Brother, Can You Spare A Crime?
Dan L. Hollifield The Reever is called to the Mare Inebrium to
investgate a murder, but the victim keeps coming back for more.
By David Allen Execution takes on new heights in this bizarre tale.
By J. Alan Erwine When you start engaging in dirty politics, you are
starting down a slippery slope.
By Wesley Ike They hoped to find the answer to the fundamental
question: "What does it mean to be conscious?"
By Derek Smith "These
are the names of the children of Israel that retreated from the Exodus
begun by Moses and returned to the land of the Pharos, leaving their
kindred to ultimately perish in the wilderness..."
By Christopher Clagg Persecuted, abandoned, and doomed, the writer can
still have his revenge.
Ghost and the Peril of the Changing Times
By Ron Capshaw Only
a few of us are old enough to recall that the character known as "The
Ghost," hero of pulp magazines, comic books, and matinee movies was
based on the real life exploits of Dr. Johnathan Silver, scientist,
explorer, adventurer, and war time agent of the OSS. Those of us who
remember, found his disgraceful performance before the House Unamerican
Activities Committee completely baffling....
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 installment!
By Rob Wynne Rob Wynne takes a look at recordings of interest to
and fantasy fans in this semi-regular column. In this issue:
Passing Through by Bill Sutton
by Kim Holec
Kim warns readers about a new and present danger:the goverment wants a
piece of your e-auction.
by Jim Parnell 2000 Years and All I Got Was This Stupid T-Shirt
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
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. I have two new rolls of film shot for
this page and expect to update it within the nexw few weeks.
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