Issue 135, Volume 13 -- August 2009
Hello, and welcome to another thrilling issue of Aphelion!
I'm going to make this fast, because I'm involved with several
different household projects that I need to make progress upon before
the rain comes back. As some of you already know, I've been doing a
little remodeling here at the house. New bathroom floor, screening in
the front porch, furniture refinishing, yardwork, that sort of thing.
My schedule got thrown way off by a couple of weeks that it rained
almost every day I had off from work. Now I'm playing catch-up and
trying to get as much done as possible before the party. Aphelion's
annual Summer Party takes place on the 22nd of this month- Less than
two weeks away! Lyn and I are looking forward to seeing everyone who
can make it over here for a visit. I've got a page of contact
information, a map, and photographs of landmarks near the house to make
it easier for people to find us. I've even taken a look at Google Maps
street view photos of our neighborhood. Google Maps has us located at
894 Moons Grove Church Road, Colbert, Georgia. But that is close to our
actual address, so I can forgive the difference between our US Mail
address and our GPS location. ApheliCon
4 map, contact info, and landmarks is where you'll find all
of that. If you plan to attend the party, please send me an e-mail or
telephone us to let us know. I do need to get a count of how many
people plan to be here so that I can stock up on food and drinks. This
year the Atlanta-area steampunk groups have been invited as well, so
hopefully we'll have more than a dozen people here.
I'd like to congratulate several people in the matter of last month's
Flash Fiction Challenge over in our Forums section. Nate Kailhofer has
been doing a wonderful job running the flash challenges on the Forums
each month. For July, Liminal Day by
David Alan Jones was the contest winner. As a special prize, Mark
Edgemon adapted David's story into an audio play that is hosted over on
Creator and the Catalyst Studios website. Here is a link to
the audio play ofLiminal
Day. I can do no better than to
quote Nate's post on our Forums when he announced the project was ready
"Here it is. A prize earned, and
now delivered, thanks to some hard work from Mark Edgemon and his crew.
by David Allen Jones
The voices of the narrator, the father, the sage and the fire were
performed by Mark Edgemon.
The voices of Kyras and her mother were performed by Marla Deaton.
This audio story was produced through the Creator and the Catalyst
Congratulations David, Mark, and Nate! Great work, on every aspect of
this. And congratulations to all the folks who entered the challenge,
each of you turned out some wonderful stories. It was very difficult
for me to decide for which one I was going to vote, myself. From the
comments, I think I was pretty much on a par with all the readers.
I'm going to "borrow" a little of Nate's thunder here to make a little
announcement concerning Nate's other Aphelion duties. It seems that in
the process of working up the series bible for the Aphelion Explorer
stories, Nate has been working closely with pro artist Bill Warren, the
fellow who came up with the idea for the series. Bill is doing more
artwork for the series bible, providing more input on the design of the
ships, and has decided that he wants to do portraits of each character!
Now each writer will be able to see the faces of the characters for
whom they are writing. Of course, this means even more work for Nate
writing the series bible, editing the existing stories in order to
blend in the new developments, and putting the Explorer web pages
together for uploading. I want to thank everyone involved with the
Explorer series. You are all doing a great job, and making something
wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing the new series "take off", in
every sense of the words.
Well, that's probably enough out of me. It's time I let you go start
reading this issue's collection of stories, feature articles, and
poetry. There are some great things in this issue! You're going to love
it, I'm sure. As always, please take advantage of our Forums to give
our writers some comments, critiques, and feedback on the tales which
strike your collective fancies.
Hope to see you at the party,
Serials & Long Fiction
By Eric Penner Haury
If Einstein is correct, every moment that has ever existed still exists somewhere/sometime. What if every person that we have ever been also exists somewhere? And what if some of those people we have been were able to get together? What would they talk about?
By Mark F. Bailey
Long before humans dominated the earth, the Syld, an advanced reptilian race, controlled the planet. Thanks to time travel technology -- which both species have mastered -- they are now at war with each other. This is the story of a single skirmish in the ongoing battle.
The Lost Clones of Sakamoto Hero
By McCamy Taylor
Sadie Hope is a clone with a terminal disease. Exiled to an “isolation facility” to die, with gunmen on her trail, her life seems to be headed in the wrong direction -- until she encounters the Lost Clones of Sakomoto Hero. This story is a sequel, of sorts, to “A Study in Silicon”, about the artificial intelligence, Mycroft.
The Sword in Zoe's Hand
By Gary W. Feather
All that Zoe had left of Michael -- her lover and her sensei -- was a sword and the skill to use it. And with zombies everywhere, it was a very good thing to have.
By Brian Douglas Graham
He thought that the "pastor" was just another client who wanted kinky sex from one of the boys he handled. But Simon said that it wasn't the pastor he had to service -- it was The Mother. **** CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS ****
By N. J. Kailhofer
Jimmy had just what Walter needed -- and what he wanted, too.
By Allen M. Jenkins
In the old movie theater, 'The Adventure', his love of the magic of the movies had been born. Somewhere along the path that led from there to his job as a movie critic, that love had died. But now he was home again...
The Lost and Lonely Dragon
By Richard Tornello
The Dragon had hidden for many years from the people of the strange land where the tai fung winds had taken him. He missed his home, where men honored his kind for their power and wisdom instead of treating them as monsters.
By Barry Sykes
Morgan's power to enter the dreams of others made her valuable to the government as a spy and a secret means to influence the actions of her country's enemies. But when they discovered that she could kill, she thought her gift had become a curse.
The Lore of the Birds
By Joshua Allen
Texoje knew that the White Men were strange, foolish in some ways, dangerous in others. The new strangers, who were not white at all, were something else again.
Crypt of Darkness
By Kirk Straughen
Naewis, slave and bodyguard to the sorceress Jabala, had reason to be reluctant to enter the tomb in search of Jabala's missing brother. After all, anything that could trap or kill a sorceror of Akoon would have little trouble dealing with a swordsman, no matter how strong.
Too Much on His Mind
By Arthur C. Carey
Dr. Clevenger's new patient had a fascinating problem. A recent injury had made Devlin's already-excellent memory too good. It had also raised the irrational fear that the torrent of remembered sensations might kill him.
My Brief Affair With Marilyn Monroe
By Mark Edgemon
Marilyn Monroe's unfortunate death has been called an accident. It has been called a suicide. But Jack Hartley has a unique and highly personal version of events to tell...
By Robert Moriyama
Tranquility Base was one of the top tourist attractions on the Moon, for the privileged few who were able to visit the base in Maskylene E crater. Of course, the privileged never believe that rules apply to them.
***July 2009 Forum Challenge***
Congratulations to David Alan Jones, winner of the "Witch's Barrier" Forum Flash Challenge. Check out David's entry "Liminal Day" and four more tales of magic and wonder -- after you have read and commented on our other stories, novellas, poetry, and features, of course. And stay tuned for a special audio version of "Liminal Day", staged in the Theater of the Mind (like an old-fashioned radio play) by Mark Edgemon of 'The Creator and the Catalyst' studio.
(All entries will also be available -- in text form only -- (shortly, if not immediately) via the Flash Index in the Fun and Games section of the Forum, provided by Nate Kailhofer, Flash Editor and Challenge Master.)
Poetry and Filk Music
Poetry and Filk Music
Gates of Heavenly Peace
by Richard Tornello
the Gnomish Postal Service
by Stuart Sharp
by J. Davidson Hero
by Richard Tornello
by J.B. Hogan
by Richard H. Fay
by Mike Berger
Thoughts on Writing #12: Good Critique, Bad Critique
By Seanan McGuire
In an ongoing series, Seanan McGuire takes apart the engine of
writing to find out how it works, and offers her insights into how to put it
back together again.
Off The Shelf: Rosemary and Rue
Review By Larissa March
Larissa March gets her hands on an advance copy of Seanan McGuire's debut novel, which will be published in September.
Leviathan: Let's Get Metaphysical
By McCamy Taylor
McCamy Taylor takes a closer look at the art of manga and anime.
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