Hello and welcome to the October issue of Aphelion!
This month, we have our
regular issue's worth of outstanding original stories--with only two
more issues to go of our 24th year of continuous publication!
This past month has been a bit odd. I was asked to
go back to swing shift to help train people for a job they've gotten.
With all the recent unpleasantness, the company is running short-handed
I should be back at my normal job before the end of the year, however.
That said, rotating shifts are just as unpleasant as I remember. The
people I'm working with are fun to be around, don't get me wrong. It's
just the longer hours and changing from days to nights and back again
that're hard to bear. Oh well, I managed to do it for four decades--I
can manage again for a few months. After all, I have less than three
years to go before I retire.
In other news, both the anthology "Steam-Powered
Dream Engines" and my first collection of Mare Inebrium stories are
being re-issued by new publishers! Also, I am working on a new
collection of Mare Inebrium stories, and am almost finished with the
prequel to the Tom Darby book, "Abducted." Over on my Bandcamp site, I
recently released my ninth album, "Invocation," a more meditative
offering than is per my usual. I have a few more new pieces done
as well, but nearly enough to have a go at a tenth album yet. There are
a few other irons in the fires as well, so I'll keep you posted as and
when news develops.
Later this month I will be attending Joe McKeel's
Hallowcon convention. It's a small "relaxicon" affair, very intimate
and laid back, where I will have a small space in the vendor's room to
hopefully get a few copies of my books into the hands of new readers.
All the proper precautions will be taken, rest assured, and several of
my LibertyCon and AnachroCon friends will be there. This will be my
first in-person con since AnachroCon ended in early 2020, although it
is looking like there will be a live LibertyCon next Summer, so perhaps
we are coming to the decline of the convention drought at last.
I didn't intend for this editorial to be all
about me, but I have to go to work tonight, and so I wanted to get
Aphelion online before I have to head out...
About time I quit talking and
let you get to reading!
Title: Cloudy with a Chance of Dust