And, Aphelion writers; Jeff Williams, Dave Kuzminski, Mike Tanier, DK Smith, Kate
A. Krikorian, Chad Cottle and many other writers familiar to Aphelion's
readers over the years-
All have stories nominated for awards on the Preditors and Editors
website. Check out both websites and vote for your favourites! The Preditors
& Editors TM Readers' Poll
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The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
Hello and welcome! We've been redecorating a little
here at Aphelion, getting ready for our third birthday issue. You may
notice some new wallpaper and the odd drop-cloth or two, but things are
pretty much ready. Hopefully, the changes aren't too distracting- in
keeping with our ongoing evolutionary process we're trying to be
subtle. We hope you like the new look.
We have our second writing contest underway and
several entries have been received. We'll keep you posted as more
entries come in and the judging continues.
We've also updated the Writer's Challenge page to
provoke ideas for some of you to create future stories. Now we've added
a set of narrative hooks and story ideas alongside Daniel Hanaquand's
paintings. If you use any of these pictures or narrative hooks to
inspire a story that you are submitting, please indicate it as being a
"Writer's Challenge" story so that we can indicate it as such in the
And now, for something completely different;
I've noticed several insoluble puzzles about life in my tenure
on this planet. Such as-
What makes the Teflon stick to the pan?
Why does the other line always move
In what way does my placing a seed in the ground cause a
drought to occur?
Why do I never run into anyone I know
at a store unless
I'm in dirty work clothes and haven't shaved in two days? - Does no one
leave the house when I'm in a suit and tie?
Why do power failures happen in the middle of the night
when you absolutely have to be on time for work the
next day and the battery back-up in your alarm clock has never
What is it about a freshly washed car that attracts flocks
of birds and rainstorms?
If the grass is always greener on the other side of the
shouldn't you be spreading fertilizer on your side rather than wasting
time trying to climb through the barbed wire?
If we can build enough nuclear weapons to blast us all back
to the stone age, why can't we come up with something
that will kill these fire-ants once and for all?
Why aren't Native Americans on the endangered species list?
If we can afford a war on crime and a war on drugs, why
can't we have wars on racism, ignorance, and poverty?
Why does the word culture only seem to apply to snooty
humans and bacteria?
If there are so many people these days suffering from
insomnia, why does late-nite TV suck?
Why is the Adult Entertainment industry always at the
forefront of cutting-edge technology?
Why does the addition of a two-cent slice of cheese to a
seventy-five cent sandwich always raise the price to a dollar twenty
If aliens have been able to watch our TV shows for the last
fifty years, why do people still expect them to want to visit here?
Why is getting married so easy and getting divorced so
hard? Shouldn't that be the other way around?
Why do pro athletes get paid more than teachers?
Why is Babe Ruth more famous than Nicola Tesla?
When I buy a package of black socks, why is it that after I
wash them there are always six black ones, four dark blue ones, a dark
green, and a dark brown instead of six pairs of black socks?
What makes people think that a salad is more organic than a
Wouldn't reincarnation complicate your income tax form?
Why aren't there any movies made from Larry Niven's books?
Why do telemarketers keep calling back?
Since sex is so much fun, shouldn't we be less ashamed of
it now that humanity has been at it for over two million years?
Is it fair to call a vegetarian a cereal killer?
If people will buy free-range chicken over the house-grown
variety, why do they look down on hunting deer or turkey? Is some
subtle nutritional value lost if someone doesn't kill and clean the
animal for you?
I hope that you've found food for thought in the
preceding list. I know that I'd like to have the answers to these
burning questions, but each answer would probably just generate more
Thanks for your time.
I'd like to thank those of you who have sent e-mails or signed into the
Lettercol for your feedback. Keep those messages coming, folks!
Without those messages we will never know what we need to improve
upon. Hope you like the improvements so far!
Senior Editor, Publisher
Short Story Editor
Production Editor/Serials Editor
Serialized Stories and Novellas
War --Part 1--
By David Allen In the distant future, mankind has come in direct
contact with a deadly
enemy. Life on earth suddenly takes a turn for the worse...
Dawn --Part 1--
By Ben Stevenson The life of Alec Kyte has always been an interesting
one. At the forefront
of inter-corporation espionage involving the new super-powerful
entropy-based weapons systems, he is used to living dangerously and
risks. But with the latest job, he has taken on more than he expects
as his colleagues around him begin to have 'accidents', a sinister
becomes apparent. With enemies closing in, there is only one place to
- the darkest, most remote region of space known to man. A hidden
sanctuary. A Dark Haven.
Aphelion's Daily Comics
By Mark Stanley, and Steve Troop Did he say daily? Yep, Aphelion is proud to feature two
of the funniest comic strips on the Internet, Mark Stanley's "Freefall"
and Steve Troop's "The Melonpool Chronicles". Bookmark this page, you
don't want to miss a single instalment!
By Rob Wynne Rob Wynne takes a look at recordings of interest to
and fantasy fans in this semi-regular column. In this issue:
Passing Through by Bill Sutton
by Kim Holec
Kim warns readers about a new and present danger: the government wants
a piece of your e-auction.
by Jim Parnell 2000 Years and All I Got Was This Stupid T-Shirt
WARNING: Contains Language.
In case anyone is curious as to exactly what's been keeping me
I've planned a few webpages that show the progress of my landscaping,
interior decoration, and housework. Look for it in my personal pages at
It’s the beginning of a sort of photographic timeline of my yard work
such. I don't know why anyone would want to see it, but Rob thought
that someone might so I worked it up. Expect it to be updated as I get
new film developed and scanned. I have two new rolls of film shot for
this page and expect to update it within the next few weeks.
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decided to ditch the back issues in favour of the Archives. The
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