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

Hello and welcome!

FLASH! This issue is two weeks late!

Ummm, well duh!

I handed off the pages to Rob several days ago, he and Kim have both been ill so they got behind. I got knocked offline for the last few day by telephone problems, but I'm up and running now.

Sorry. Uh, Happy Holidays!

Well, I've gotten the rags and tatters of the new issue together, Rob will fine-tune it later. This year has been one disaster after another... Who cares? We've made it!

Welcome to the last Aphelion of the 20th century! I told you last year at this time that I was one of those who counted 2001 as the start of the new millennium. I don't expect any big disasters will happen when we roll into the new century, but I do expect the usual idiocy from the people who were predicting doomsday-- or the second coming, or whatever their individual deathwish happened to be --and had their faces rubbed in the fact that nothing happened at all. They'll reschedule doomsday if they can. That ought to be entertaining.

I ought to tell you that I don't count Y2k in with the general foolishness since it was real. We seem to have done a good job preventing most of that. Of course it was overblown, hyped-up, and the worst case was the one that caught the public eye. But, as I recall, so did nuclear war and we've been able to prevent that so far too. A couple of close calls there, but we survived.

The human race seems to have entered adolescence-- after eight or ten thousand years --maturity is still in the future, but we'll soon begin to show flashes of it. We're living in interesting times. Scary, ain't it?

Just what are we going to make of our future? It’s really up to us, isn't it? Start thinking about it, then make it come true. Don't just dream it, be it.

Thanks for your time.


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Serialized Stories & Novellettes

  • Reparations
    By H. David Blalock

    The crew of the "Vanguard" woke to find they were under scrutiny by an intelligence that owed more to mankind than they could imagine.

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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

  • A Matter of Time
    By Kate Thornton

    The most important thing in life is not how much time you have, but how you use it.

  • Something Completely Different
    By Mehmet Koseman

    Sassen got more than he wanted when he arrived at the alien world.

  • TrojanMule
    By Iain McWilliam

    Big Corporations only care about their profits but perhaps one day they might come across someone or something that even they can't buy out.

  • The Trouble With Time
    By Litter Ali

    Time travel is not inherently dangerous, but it is quite unforgiving of any error.

  • Hamlin 2: The Village of the Damned
    By Craig Cornwell

    Snow Spackman investigates a large scale kidnap caper.

  • The Old Man and the Dancing Bees
    By Emmanuel Paige

    "Why? Because we want to," Chico said, stomping the old man's head. "Because we can. Because you're old and weak and we are young and strong..."

  • Mare Inebrium to All and to All a Good Night!
    By Kate Thornton

    Naughty or nice? Sometimes you can make the wrong choice, but I've always felt that virtue was its own punishment.

    A Mare Inebrium story for the holidays!

  • The Seven Day Man
    By Jeanne G'Fellers-Walker

    An experiment in aging.

  • The Visitors
    By Keith Brooke, Laurence Dyer, and D.F. Lewis

    When three strange writers of strange fiction put their heads together to write a collaborative story the results are never going to be straightforward. "Visitors" looks at the lives and deaths of the inhabitants of an English seaside town. Much of it is based on real places and people and events, but then, reality can be very strange sometimes...

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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

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


  • 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!

  • Double Wide
    by Jim Parnell

    Jason Phone Home -- You make your own yuck
    WARNING: Contains Language.

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  • A Challenge to Writers... 8\8\2000 -

    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 nexw few weeks.


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  • Back Issues:

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    I've decided to ditch the back issues in favor 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 favorite 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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