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Issue 58, Volume 6 -- April 2002

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

Hello and welcome!

Hope you didn't mind the little joke cover. The staff and I came up with it a few weeks ago.

I've been watching the yard green up in the last couple of weeks. Time to dig out the lawn mower. Its also looking like the grandson is going to want to help me with the flowerbeds and maybe even the garden. He went crazy to play with my garden rake yesterday. LOL!

Spring has always felt like the beginning of the new year for me. When the trees begin to bud out new leaves, when the rains come and soak the soil, when the Earth seems reborn after winter's bleak chill... That's when I feel the new year to start. I'm looking forward to making headway against the demon Kudzu again this year. Who knows? I might even knock the weed back to the edge of my property line. Though there is one corner where it looks like a flamethrower would be my best option... And spring seems to get my literary juices flowing as well. I may have a new Mare Inebrium story for you next issue. June at the latest.

At this point, I'd like to propose a toast to England's departed Queen Mother. She was a grand lady, she served her country well thru some difficult times. As an American, the Queen Mother seemed to me to be the very symbol of duty above privilege to which any Royalty ought to aspire. Ladies and gentlemen, to the Queen Mum, the greatest Lady of our age. She will be missed.

After a suitable moment of silence, you folks may want to scroll on down and get to the real April stories. Due to the awkward shortage of poetry submissions, we'll be running some more of Iain's Choice greatest hits. (grin) I hope you enjoy the new issue!

Thanks for your time.


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Iain Muir
Poetry/Filk Editor
Robert Wynne
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Short Story Editor
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Jeffrey Williams
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Ralph Benedetto, Jr.
Assistant Serials Editor
Roger Bennett
Editor Emeritus

Serialized Stories & Novellettes

  • The Cold War
    By Joel Lee
    Criminal Psychologist, Dr. Ted Welch has found himself assigned to a murder case, his first assignment since losing his wife and son a tragic automobile accident. A prominent research scientist has been murdered and the suspect is in custody. Ted's superiors have stressed the importance of finding the accused competent to stand trial. Dr. Welch, however, is finding himself drawn to the accused in ways he can scarcely contemplate...
  • Hey God,Got A Minute?
    By Noel Carroll
    Harold is a simple man long troubled by doubts about what he should or should not believe. One night, alone and distraught, he falls asleep to the most realistic dream he has ever had, a dream in which he is approached by the "big guy" come in person to address his pain. Not one to waste an opportunity, Harold hails him down and then begins a nightly grilling.

  • Exiled From Illusion:
    A Modern Tale of Gwydion

    By A. F. Spackman
    What happens when an American girl follows a pair of bikers to the Celtic Otherworld?

  • Read more great stories from the
    Aphelion Archives
    Aphelion Back Issues

    Or Take

    - 8\8\2000 - A Challenge to Writers...
    Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story.

    Short Stories

  • Shadow in the Sky
    By Joe Vadalma
    Desiree was being stalked by a dragon; a real fire breathing dragon as big as a house.
  • The Dragon's Kiss
    By Colin J. Fenwick
    A warrior maiden rides out to meet her destiny and learn the secret of her heritage.

  • Dreamers: The Cavern
    By Christian Bonawandt
    No longer in his native dream, Del Gato hunts with renewed vigor for Rothin the Deadly -- but at what cost?

  • Grave Matters
    By Robert Moriyama
    Al Majius was happy when he raised one dead man. The other 49 didn't exactly thrill him ...

  • The Key to Immortality
    By Stenger White
    The world presses in on our consciousness through sight, sound, smell, and touch. Take these away and long suppressed memories might be regained, perhaps even memories of past lives.

  • Cry of the Phoenix
    By Wanda Ernstberger
    When Father Time learns of the attempt to unbalance Aurea, he doesn’t want to believe it. Can his daughter, Infinity Blue, convince him to help her before their world is destroyed?

  • Reality
    By J. Alan Erwine
    Gerard Anderson was determined not to be stopped by the people from the hospital. He had somehwere to go.

  • Spring Girl
    By Paul Strain
    Who was the spring girl, and why did she return each year to the little gas station in Bloomingdale?

  • Sheffield's Eleventh
    By Jeff Williams
    "Mr. Grym... gives you this challenge. Virtually all of City of Lights is...'open'...shall we say. To the enterprising entrepreneur, there is an entree into virtually every business, every bank, every shop, if the cards are played right and if the man or woman is quick, smart, and intelligent. Every building is transparent to your skills and talents under the right circumstances. Every building, that is, except one... The Tower, my friends- The one building that has never been burglarized beyond petty drunks stealing petty bags of petty peanuts. Nothing more than the occasional ashtray or shot glass. Nothing of any consequence besides bathroom towels. No one in this room, indeed, no one in the history of Bethdish has ever broken into the Mare Inebrium Tower and stolen anything of value."

  • Little Ed
    By Robert Starr
    It might be true that Desira Cathorn was insane, but it seems more likely that she just knew too much. You be the judge.

  • Read the updated Submissions Guidelines
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    Poetry and Filk Music

    Aphelion's Best -- Editor's Choice

  • The Unicorn Reborn
    By David Blalock

  • May 2000 - The Traveler/A>
    By Joseph St. John

  • Touching Loreley
    By Sven Klopping

  • One World -- One People
    Dan L. Hollifield

  • Here Comes The Yellow King
    By Terence Chua

  • Request
    By Michael Fantina

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    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
    The collected wisdom of Bubba
    WARNING: Contains Language.
    Aphelion proudly presents the installments of Double Wide all on one page of links. We wanted to make sure that the wit and wisdom of Bubba wasn't lost for new readers, so we made a mini-archive list of just the Double Wide features.
  • Dan Hollifield reviews:

    The new novel by Ruth McIntyre-Williams
    A Celtic Medieval Fantasy Novel
  • The Listening Room
    by Rob Wynne
    Rob Wynne bangs his head against Phoenix's "Into the Fire"

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

  • A Challenge to Writers...
    Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story. Challenge 1 is the paintings of Daniel Hannaquand, Challenge 2 is a collection of narrative hooks composed by Dan Hollifield.
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    Information about a new feature for Aphelion. IRC Chat is a fun way to talk to our readers, writers, staff members, and other netizens. This link takes you to a basic intro and provides further links to the IRC software that you can download for free. Look for new updates as we refine this feature.
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    For a quick look at the JAVA chat client, this link launches a new browser window that takes you to a Log-in form for a JAVA-based chat in your browser window. No specian programs are needed. This will be a very simple, but passable IRC client, very no-frills. This will also tell you if there's anyone else in the chatroom, by the way.

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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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