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

Hello and welcome!

Well, I told you to go out and vote, now you only have yourself to blame if you don't like the result of this month's election. Actually, the question on my mind is will there be an assassination in America's near future? Conspiracy pundits are already blathering, but the fact remains that if no attempt is made on the President's life then the curse of the "election year ending in 0" will be broken.

The only good news that I've gotten out of this election is that fellow writer L. Neil Smith managed to get on the ballot in Colorado. For Libertarians, that's a really good sign. If we're all lucky, in a few years’ time we'll be able to burn effigies of Alexander Hamilton on April 15th as well as keep that extra 40%, or more, of our incomes that the bloated governmental burro-cracy feeds itself upon year after year after year...

But I digress.

Actually, I had intended to ignore politics in this editorial, but I've had a lousy day at work and I'm in an ill mood. So please forgive the above outburst and feel free to do anything you'd like as long as it doesn't harm anyone unnecessarily. (Thanks for the great line, Spider!)

OK, so we're all Fictioneers here. We have the power to mould young minds, affect public opinion, change the world (for the better I hope!), and to entertain along the way. Whether you're a "sad fan-boy/girl" or a "dirty old pro", whatever you read affects you just as whatever you write affects others. Each of us has to choose a direction, to find that "job that needs doing" according to our own individual makeup. Some of us weave messages in amongst our texts, those things that feel important, to try and impart a bit of our collective wisdom to those who come after us. Some distain message for various reasons, but yet still have something to say.

What do your tales say about you and what you believe? The stories you read, the stories you write... What are you trying to say? What are you trying to see?

Life, love, sorrow, joy, anger, brotherhood, hunger, tenderness... What do the words that you chose say about you?

Thanks for your time.


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Serialized Stories & Novelettes

  • Graveyard Shift
    By Karl Eschenbach
    To work the graveyard shift from midnight to eight is to see and hear what no one else will experience. The night, when all others are asleep, is a world apart from the day.
  • Whose Sword Is It, Anyway? --Part 5 of 5--
    By Ralph Benedetto, Jr.
    In which everything depends on Rivenbark's skills. Bummer. However, if Caitlin, Mal and Rivenbark can make it through in spite of this, maybe they'll manage to find out about the sword. Or maybe not. You'll have to read it to find out

  • Read more great stories from the
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    - 8\8\2000 - A Challenge to Writers...
    Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story.

    Short Stories

  • Victor the Warrior Cleric
    By The Hansen Family
    The army of the faithful march forth beneath the banner of the double-helix, for the glory of Gordon and the honour of Victor
  • Six Shots in Carson
    By Daniel F. Beaupre'
    A Writer's Challenge II Story: Cackling with glee, my assailant raised his meat cleaver on high
  • Watch Me
    By Russel Goldstein
    "You just sit there and stare. Is this death? I felt the rope snap taut. My neck broke; I felt it snap. Even my feet leave the chair. What do you want from me? Why do you sit there and stare?”
  • Skin Bags
    By Frank Mosca
    In a busy fish market on a busy street, unseen and unnoticed, the ages long battle between good and evil goes on.
  • Up In The Air
    By David Blalock
    The colonizers of Centauri face an aeronautical mystery: Why do airplanes encounter deadly turbulence, but free balloons don't?
  • The Discovery
    By Dennis Earl
    "He had a certain wit, something I will never forget. When I think of Charlie, I always remember his best one-liner: Why can't I put window dressing on my salad?"
  • 818LE (Or Maybe It's Not Just Us)
    By Sharky
    A short allegorical tale of creation, damnation, and redemption.
  • The Man Who Went After J. T. McGyre
    William C. Burns, Jr.
    Across the starry sky, a hero goes in search of a legend.
  • When On Wartl...
    By Ralph Benedetto, Jr.
    "This is the planet: Wartl. Three billion sentient beings live here, none of them human. Humans visit regularly though, in spite of the fact that Wartl only has probationary status in the Confederation. People come here, some of them on business, some of them just looking for a restful and relaxing vacation along the hundreds of kilometres of unspoiled coastline. Sometimes things go wrong. That's where I come in. I carry a small biochip implanted in my neural network that identifies me to all y-base-c compliant platforms as a police officer. Oh, yeah. I also carry a badge."

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    Poetry and Filk Music

  • Mare Inebrium
    By Dan L. Hollifield
  • The Gates of Dreaming
    By Iain Muir
  • The Garden of Stories
    By Kate Thornton
  • Dolly Roundup
    By Jennifer M. Boudreaux

  • The Mare Inebrium

    Updated -- 9-10-00 --
    Each of the three links below have changed. Please take note and adjust your Bookmarks if necessary. The first link below gives you the introduction to the Mare Inebrium, the banner link now gives you access to all of the Mare stories, and the third link now gives you access to the Mare Inebrium Online Starter kit. The online Starter Kit will be updated as often as Mare writers make necessary.

    The Mare Inebrium shared universe project
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    All the Mare Inebrium Stories to date.

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    The Mare Inebrium Starter Kit.
    --Updated 10/02/2000--

    This is a link to all the background information for the Mare Inebrium stories so far.


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    by Jim Parnell
    Jason Phone Home -- You make your own yuck
    WARNING: Contains Language.
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    All of the Awards that Aphelion has won.
  • A Challenge to Writers... 8\8\2000 - /b>
    Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story.

  • 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. Its 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. I have two new rolls of film shot for this page and expect to update it within the next few weeks.


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    I've decided to ditch the back issues in favour of the Archives. The Archives are easier to use and can be indexed by author or story title. Hopefully this will ease the task of finding a favorited story. We may start a page of our past cover art, if there is a call for it. Thanks for your readership for without you, nothing we do has any meaning.

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