Issue 112, Volume 11 -- July 2007
This is Jeff
Williams, sitting in for Dan Hollifield.
constant, they say, is change. The
landscape changes subtly after every storm.
The political will shifts after every election cycle. The way we drive to work
alters with every
wreck, with every traffic slowdown, with every blatant act of wanton
change is part of
the grand cycle of the universe, of the ever spinning wheel of this
we call existence. No
two leaves are
made the same, no two snowflakes fall in identical ways…
I’m getting pretentious.
The gist of it is that change is coming once again to Aphelion.
As of the September issue, Aphelion
will officially have a new serials editor.
Actually, she’s not new to us at all.
McCamy Taylor is simply changing responsibilities. McCamy is a wonderful and
and I’m equally certain that she will be a wonderful and
from the stories she’s
already selected, you’re in for a treat!
the change doesn’t stop there.
In a wonderful and selfless act of sheer
loyalty, Ralph Benedetto, Jr. has decided to throw himself onto the
me, and filling the void created by his departure is none other than
March, who has already given readers a treat with her award-winning
join me in welcoming
(or re-welcoming, as the case may be) them to the webzine and in
the best of luck in the future!
As for me, I’m not going anywhere!
I still have duties to perform as the Darth Vadar to
Emperor, though these are by necessity and by act of congress something
must take place outside of the public view.
Trust me, you don’t want to know about the
droids stationed outside each
of the editor’s houses, or about the terrible oaths
allegiance they’ve been
forced to swear, not to mention the strange incantations muttered
full moon… I
may have said too much,
actually. It would
be best if you
simply forgot about the whole thing and called me Production Editor.
then there’s Nightwatch
as well, which will return in full force in 2008.
occurs all of the time, especially here, but every
change is designed to give you, the reader, the best experience
don’t know about you, but I look forward
to what the future holds for this noble quest of ours.
now, I free you from pretension and send you on your
journey into this month’s issue!
Serials and Novellas
On The Corner of Galaxy and Fifth
Part Four of Five
By Rob Wynne and Jeffrey Williams
Trauma and his companions team up with an unlikely ally and devise a plan
to try and rescue the damaged timestream.
(Read Part One,
Part Two, and
Part Three here.)
Nightwatch: Sed Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes
Part Three of Three
By Bill Wolfe
Simon and the Nightwatchers rush desperately to save the psychic child...
Grip Henshaw Goes To Hell
By Hoagie DeFalco
When his commander told him to go to hell, Grip Henshaw did not
think that he meant it literally.
By Nick Ragusa
The story of Amanda Pyner, a Horticulturist on the futuristic
Luna Station. She's remarkably attractive and her work is important to
the well-being of her peers. But she's having a hard time dealing with
the day-to-day tasks of a lifeless Moon and is struggling to maintain a
stable life there.
The Heart Of A Warrior
By Dan Devine
Brandon can't believe his luck when he's sent on a mission with
the woman he loves. Now would be the perfect time to win her heart,
only Shara takes an unfortunate liking to the third member of their
team while Brandon finds himself doubting whether the rebels he's
supposed to be hunting are really his enemy...
Storylistener's Borning Work
By Bill Gillard
Below the thunders of the upper deep - Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep - The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson
By Michelle Bobier
Great Aunt Ellen had been a strange one, and her house was stranger still. Now he had inherited the place, complete with Ellen's collection of peculiar herbs and ... other things.
By Joseph Vadalma
When the Spakerusm came and took over the world -- for our own good, of course -- factions that had been enemies for centuries joined to fight the outsiders. And in this fight, there were no rules.
A Pocket Filled With Posies
By Michele Dutcher
The Space Elevator stretched all the way from the surface of the Earth to geosynchonous orbit, with a few stops along the way. Those stops were small, self-contained -- and much safer than the planet below, until ...
By Philip Hamm
Jason Runner lived in a drug-induced limbo as punishment for the crime of trying to teach an unapproved version of history. But he was not the only one who knew the truth.
Flight of the Dragon
By Tara McFadden
Once, Auray's ancestors had spoken with dragons, enormous fire-breathing creatures that ruled the skies. Now the only dragons left in the world were hardly bigger than cattle, and were prey instead of predators. But everything would change if Silverwing's sacrifice proved worthwhile.
Voyages of the EarthShip Horus: La Miria
By Michael Joseph
The Horus and her motley crew came to La Miria mostly by accident -- they needed supplies and parts to repair the ramshackle freighter if they wanted to stay in business. But La Miria turned out to be a very complicated place to visit.
By Vincent Seagraves
There was oil in the deep water off the coast of Venezuela. But there was something else there, too, something older than the organisms whose corpses had been changed by the eons into black gold, something evil...
By Michael Loughrey
Billy Grockle had made two mistakes. The first was obtaining a god-awful excuse for transportation from Rent-a-Pod. The second was getting lost. Extremely lost.
Results of Forum Flash Challenge for June 2007
Congratulations to Nate Kailhofer for grabbing a poll-topping 5 votes (out of 20) in the second-ever Forum Flash Challenge for his entry "Larry the Lizard". This time the 9 entries were presented without author names to avoid any bias in favor of (or against) editors, Challenge-posers, etc. Check out Nate's entry and 8 more bite-size servings of fantasy, science fiction, and horror in the June 2007 Challenge! (Advance Notice: Nate says that there will be a new Challenge for July, online around July 8th...)
Poetry and Filk Music
by Seanan McGuire
An Evening Dress
by Richard Tornello
by James Matthew Byers
by Richard H Fay
by A.K. Sykora
Gotham, Oil on Canvas
by Michael Lee Johnson
by Ana Bowlova
Motion-Sickness, and Other Comatose States
by Bryon D. Howell
The Listening Room: Stars Fall Home
By Rob Wynne
Rob reviews Seanan McGuire's debut studio album.
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