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Issue 81, Volume 8 -- May 2004

Issue 82, Volume 8 will be online 1st week of June, 2004.

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The Usual Rant from Aphelion's Senior Editor:

This issue is way late, and its entirely my fault. I haven't been well over the last month but this issue finally going live is here to say that I'm on the mend. I appologise for neglecting Aphelion and all the readers. Everyone must have thought I'd fallen off the planet right after the April issue went online.

I haven't really got a topic for an editorial. I'm in a rush to get the stories online, so I'll cut this short. Not everything is going to be up at the same time; the book reviews are going to have to wait a day or two. I have to do them justice, they're both really good books and I don't want to skimp. Lies of the Prophet by CJ Burch and Sunshine Patriots by Bill Campbell are both going to have their reviews appear here before the weekend is up. I'm impressed with both writers and I hope to do their works justice. Everything else ought to be here as soon as you can see this, though.

I'm dancing as fast as I can. CJ's review went live this morning. Bill Campbell's review is going live right now.


I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...

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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

  • Strange Deaths to Follow
    --Part Four--

    By Neil McGill
    A strange tale where a fortean detective meets the minority report meets the world of Pratchett meets Tarantino.
    • Flight of the Starhawk
      --Part Two--

      ByTony Ragas
      As a teenager, Josh had wanted to fly to the stars. As an adult, he ended up with an oilfield job and a portfolio of hopeless dreams stashed away on his PC's hard drive. Alcoholism and depression ate away at him and drove him to spend lonely nights pondering his existence. Then he met an alien on the riverbank one night. An alien with a machine that created objects out of raw matter and energy. Even complex objects like components for starships! Profile Drawing of the Starhawk
    • Wind Riders
      By Timothy Maguire
      An off-world student in Mars' unfinished capital finds that the sport she adores has become something far more troubling.

    Short Stories

    • Helen in Wonderland
      By Robert Moriyama
      In the Port Armstrong lunar colony, Helen Damnation McKay has no equal. In the Mare Inebrium however, she may have met her match!
    • The In-Crowd
      By John Hartless
      When a passing meteor destroys your world, there is only one thing to do. You adjust.
    • To Be, Arnold To Be!
      By Mike Slabon
      In an age when everything has been copyrighted, the lot of a celebrity impersonator is a hard one. Still, a good lawyer can always find a way...
    • Alien Noir
      By Sam Kenyon
      Alex Fisk knew that trying to save the world from destroying itself was like trying to put out a forest fire by spitting on it. But what the hell; it was a living.
    • Paddy's New Girl Friend
      By Joe Vadalma
      Paddy O'Brien's love life was in the pits until he picked up this lucious red head in his favorite bar. She was a real hotty, perhaps hotter than Paddy could handle.
    • Another Great Discovery
      By Daniel Sosa
      Discovering a new planet is always a big deal...but this one broke all the molds.

    • Catch A Burning Star
      By Gareth Lyn Powell
      Nick Malik had done some rotten things to survive, but on the eve of armageddon he found he owed a debt he could not ignore, even if it cost him his life.

  • Collision
    By Mark Healy
    Elise was a pretty young reporter of the pad and pencil school, but when she arrived aboard the research vessel Mjolnir the first thing she realized she needed was a blue jumpsuit.

  • Poetry and Filk Music

    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 2/7/2004--

    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 12/16/2003


    • The Pollwatchers!
      by Cary Semar
      Aphelion's Cary Semar turns his eye towards the political scene in this new feature!

    • 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.
    • 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

    • 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 an underused 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
      --Repaired 3\25\2003--
      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 special 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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