Aphelion Editorial 038
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
I ought to use this time to rave about the X-Men movie --
'cause I really liked it and I hope that it'll spawn half a dozen
sequels -- but I figure that most of you have seen the movie by now and
anything else I say about it will be just sad fan-boy gush. If a sequel
happens, I just hope that it doesn't premier opposite a Star Wars or
Trek movie. There's a lot of fan-crossover there and fans on a budget
can only see so many movies a year.
Instead, I'm going to muse about how this editing gig is
turning me into Peter Parker.
Now, I haven't got sticky fingers or toes, and I can't lift
a bus and throw it at someone... although there have been times -- I'm
talking about Stan Lee's greatest observation; "With power comes
responsibility, with great power comes great responsibility." This is
Spider-Man's greatest driving motive -- to use his power responsibly.
How does that apply to me? Simple, some of you have used me as a
spark-plug of ideas to craft stories around. Not only from the Writer's
Challenge page, or my Mare Inebrium stories, but even here in my
editorial I spark ideas in people.
That's a sort of power -- one I never dreamed I'd receive,
by the way, when I was thrust into e-publishing -- the power to induce
others to think. That sort of makes me the opposite of a TV advert,
LOL! Now I have to be responsible and use this power for good. So don't
look for me to endorse a particular political candidate, or even a
brand of after-shave... Sometime this year, I'd planned to run an
editorial about the superstition that whoever gets elected president
this year stands a good chance of getting shot at by some lunatic. You
remember, "presidents elected in years that end in zero wind up being
stalked by assassins" is the way the superstition runs. I was going to
point out that if the trend holds, then whoever runs for vice-president
will be more important than the candidates for president. Now I can't
do that. Some crazy might be prompted to fulfill my "prophecy" and take
it upon himself to shoot some innocent ( I hate to use the word
"innocent" to describe a politician, but in this case it really does
apply ) politician whose only crime ( in this one instance ) was to be
elected. However, if someone uses that illustration to write a story
from, then that's OK. Stories are fine, hurting folks is out. Clear?
How could I use the power to generate ideas to do good? What
sort of ideas could I cause? What impact could I have upon society?
Very little, I would suspect. I'll be the first to admit
that I'm not a guru, nor a prophet. In a vague way I suppose that one
could consider me as some sort of un-trained English teacher. ( Very
un-trained, as compared to Jeff, who is an English
teacher, or Kim, an English major in college. ) I can honestly say that
I don't have all the answers, nor even all the questions. Shall I be
provocative or conservative? Which way does responsibility lay? Or
should that be "lie"? See? Infallibility is one thing that I'm never
going to have to live in fear of... of which I will never have to live
in fear... whatever.
I'd call myself a philosopher, but hemlock tastes too much
I'd call myself a commentator, but I'm more of an
I guess I'm a idea man. I like that. Sounds good, evocative
even. I give others the fuel to brainstorm. Wow, what a concept! Then
the responsibility kicks in -- I can affect people, and people can
affect reality -- the more people I affect, the more I affect reality.
Awesome sort of concept, really -- I can change the world. By becoming
an e-publisher, I touch people's lives. I can only pray that I affect
them for the better.
Thanks for your time.
© 2000 Dan L. Hollifield
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