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Issue 61, Volume 6 -- July 2002

Issue 62, Volume 6 will be online 1st week of August.

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The Webmaven filling in for the Senior Editor...

Hello and welcome!

Well, not much to do at this point but apologize for this issue being so late, even though I can't think of a darn thing we could have done about it.

It all started just before the first of the month, when Dan's computer died. Since the actually assembly of each issue of Aphelion flows through Dan, this caused a momentary scramble while we devised an alternate plan. Cary Semar, Jeff Williams, and Iain Muir all pitched in to help get things put together, and I had everything I needed to get this in your hands.

Then I got an ear infection. Ow.

So here, better late than never, is the long-awaited July issue of Aphelion. Enjoy it, share it with your friends, and by all means, tell us all about your thoughts on it in the lettercol. Aphelion is a great project, not because of the few of us who manage to put this online every month, but because of the hundreds of you who read it every month and offer your feedback to the authors.

Thanks for your time.


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Aphelion Staff:

Dan Hollifield
Senior Editor, Publisher
Iain Muir
Poetry/Filk Editor
Robert Wynne
Cary Semar
Short Story Editor
McCamy Taylor
Assistant Short Story Editor
Jeffrey Williams
Production Editor/Serials Editor
Ralph Benedetto, Jr.
Assistant Serials Editor
Roger Bennett
Editor Emeritus

Serialized Stories & Novellettes

  • The Dark Side
    By Guy Hasson
    A dark, demented journey into a man's soul.

  • 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

  • A World Passing By
    By Dave Van Os
    Darwin Jones only wanted to get out of this world as pleasantly and as painlessly as possible, until he woke up one morning to discover the world he was trying to escape had vanished.
  • The Monkey House
    By McCamy Taylor
    This is a political satire. If you think the President of the United States can do no wrong, then save yourself and ulcer and don't read it.
  • Red Tape
    By Ralph Benedetto, Jr.
    Let's see...if the region selected is within the city walls, fill out form 372-B and attach schedule F, otherwise, fill out forms 896-A/1 and 896-A/3, being sure to attach schedule...oh, man, this is way too much trouble just to rob a house...everything is all paperwork these days...
  • An Apartment in Automatia
    By Joe Vadalma
    Ardan enjoyed life in his cozy automated apartment. He had a stupendous view of the city and a virtual reality holovision in every room. He worked out on exercise machines to keep his muscles from atrophying. For five years he lived this idyllic existence. Then things began to go wrong...

  • Dreamers: Rothin's Dream
    By Christian R. Bonawandt
    Against their will, the dream warriors find themselves trapped in the one dream that Rothin can never enter, his own. .

  • The Quantum Hello
    By Swanand Arole
    In the tradition of Jules Verne, here is an adventure that takes place at the very frontier of science.

  • A Better Mousetrap
    By Robert Starr
    Having completed his matter disintegrating mousetrap, the unhappily married inventor naturally turned to his wife for his first test subject.

  • Lazarus
    By Andrew Rough
    I was obsessed by Rosina, but then I met Catalina who was so like Rosina, but without the negative side...

  • Read the updated Submissions Guidelines
    Aphelion Submissions Guidelines Page

    Poetry and Filk Music

  • The Night They Drove The Death Star Down
    By Robert Wynne and Jeffrey Williams

  • We're All Insane Here
    By Cameron Neilson

  • Dead on Arrival
    By David Soriano

  • Why Look You Now So Pale?
    By Iain Muir

  • The Mare Inebrium

    The Mare Inebrium
    Shared Universe Project...

    I open up my own Spaceport Bar to other writers!
    This link takes you to the full introduction to the project.

    The Mare Inebrium Starter Kit.
    --Updated 4/22/2002--

    This is a link to all the background information for the Mare Inebrium stories so far.
    This is a must read for all Mare Inebrium writers and fans!

    Tales of the Mare Inebrium
    All the Mare Inebrium Stories to date.

    The banner above links to
    all the Mare Inebrium Stories on one page!

    A Timeline of Bethdish: Updated 4/11/2002


  • 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
    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:
    "Accidental Encounter"

    A novel by Noel Carroll
    Unwilling participants in a double-edged nightmare.
  • 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.
  • Aphelion Links Page
    Click here to see the Links Page. Our fellow E-zines, Astronomy, research material, entertainment, and much, much more!

  • Aphelion IRC Chat
    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.
  • Aphelion JAVA Chat
    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.

  • Aphelion Banners
    And banner artwork for links.

    If you want to link to Aphelion and want more than a text link, then this page is for you. Some of these banners are finished, but most of them lack only my adding text to make them complete. Unfinished banners can be completed and e-mailed to you within 8 days. The banner HTML code-- and image --can be e-mailed on request, or can be more simply copied from the "View / Page Source" option in your web browser. Finished images can be copied from the banner artwork page itself. An exchange of links or banner links is always welcome.
    Link Swap E-mail should be sent to: Dan Hollifield

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    As always, this mailing list will only be used to notify you of new issues and will never be given out to anyone else... 'cause I hate spam as much as you do!

  • --1\03\2002-- Click here to see the Links Page
  • Link Swap E-mail: Dan Hollifield

  • Excentrivial Musings: Dan Hollifield's Original Cartoon Page. Not updated in a long time.
  • Dan Hollifield reviews: The reviews index page.
  • Review Inqueries E-mail: Dan Hollifield
  • Review Query FAQ: All the info you need to mail a book or CD to Aphelion for review.
  • Short story submissions: Cary Semar
  • Serialized stories: Jeff Williams
  • Poetry: Iain Muir
  • Features: Robert Wynne
  • Mare Inebrium Stories: Dan Hollifield
  • Click here to see the Submissions Guidelines Page.
  • Aphelion Explanations and Thanks Where the name "Aphelion" came from and other info.

  • Back Issues:

    Instead of the back issues the banner below now takes you to the Archives-where all our past stories are available for you to read.

    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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