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The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
Hello and welcome!
I'm sitting here right now looking out the window at my 3-wheeled car. I've spent all of my recent days off trying to get it to drive. It is giving me a few problems- but then, it is a used car. Either a radiator hose sprang a leak today, or the water pump died. I'd been having problems with the clutch and had replaced a shattered clutch disc last week. Then I had to go back to work for a week, then since my first day off this week, I've been trying to adjust the clutch cable and the new discs.
Then, the cable broke yesterday.
I rigged up something that would work until I could get a new cable next week some time, then started the motor to charge up the battery.
That was when the antifreeze hissed out and the engine began to overheat. I shut it down, re-filled the radiators with water, and re-stsrted the motor to check for the leak. After a half hour of searching with a flashlight, I couldn't see any water spraying out from any hose. Its getting too dark for me to see any putative leaky hose now, but I fear that the water pump has bitten the dust instead. Even while there was still plenty of light, I couldn't see any leak. So I fear the 1978 model water pump had surged its last. Shouldn't cost me too much to replace.
But that's the point...
I can do the work, myself. And anyone can tell you that I'm no rocket scientist. What I am is an old farm-boy with just enough mechanical know-how to replace dead parts with new ones, and generally trouble-shoot common automotive problems.
But I just rebuilt a clutch last week! I've never done that before in my life. Not on any vehicle I own. Matter of fact, I just paid someone $500 to do just that to my VW Dune Buggy! And now I do it myself one afternoon before work? What's wrong with this picture?
Plain little old me replaced 8 clutch discs in under 90 minutes, including the time it took to put the disc assembly back into the motor! True, the proper adjustment of the cable linkage to the new clutch turned out to be really tricky, but if the cable haddn't been dragging across a sharp edge in the handle, I'd of had it finished today. OK, I've replaced fuel pumps, water pumps, brake shoes, carburetors, alternators, and lots of other stuff on other vehicles in my time. So I'm not a complete novice. But still, its odd to be able to do something complicated to a modern vehicle, in this day and age.
It seems like one needs an advanced degree to work on a car these days. Finding a contradiction to that threw me off for a while. I'd found a sense of control that I'd thought lost in these crazy years. I'm glad to have it. Now I hope I can put it to good use.
So what does all this blather mean to you, the reader?
It means that you can blame my new car on this issue being late, for one thing. I've spent so much time on it that I neglected Aphelion. But half of the work for the January issue is already done as I type this, so things balance out.
I'd like to thank those of you who have sent e-mails or signed into the
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Without those messages we will never know what we need to improve
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Serialized Stories & Novellettes
Mystery of GranLab Station
By Greg Guerin The spores of virus CD-100 released when the virology lab of
GranLab station was sabotaged killed Renna's lab assistant Natalie in minutes. Now vials
containing a strain of the virus and a trial antidote are missing and Renna is locked
in with the unidentified killer...
By Daniel Beaupre' They say you can't go home again, but what if you see home on a different day with a
whole new set of eyes?
ByGary Croft If you are highly suggestible, or otherwise susceptible to paranoid delusions, reading this text could trigger a psychotic episode. In the event you choose to ignore this warning, neither the author nor his publisher accepts any liability for potential untoward effects on your psyche.
By Wishbone "I was only trying to get an idea for my thesis on Non-terran sociology...' A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. A Mare Inebrium Story.
Shadow of Hope
By Jim Peters Continuing the adventures of Devion Mull, the psionic warrior featured in the Mare Inebrium stories Bluesman and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Now with a price on his head and pursuit hot on his heels, Devion Mull is about to find out that you have to give the devil his due.
I regret to announce that due to circumstances beyond her control, Kim Holec has asked to step down as Aphelion's poetry editor. I have decided to put this section on hold until someone can be found to take up the baton. Kim's done a great job for Aphelion- She'll be missed by us all. Please join me in wishing her all the best.
The Mare Inebrium
Links Updated -- 9-10-00 --
Each of the three links below have changed. Please take note and adjust your Bookmarks if necessary. The first link below gives you the introduction to the Mare Inebrium, the banner link now gives you access to all of the Mare stories, and the third link now gives you acess to the Mare Inebrium Online Starter kit. The online Starter Kit will be updated as often as Mare writers make necessary.
The banner above links to
all the Mare Inebrium Stories on one page!
Mare Inebrium Starter Kit.
--Updated 12/10/2000-- This is a link to all the background information for the Mare Inebrium stories so far.
This is a must read for all Mare Inebrium writers and fans!
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 installment!
by Jim Parnell Say Good Night Gracie
WARNING: Contains Language.
Aphelion reluctantly presents the last regular installment of Double Wide. Jim informs us that he's begun work on a novel and wants to give it his full attention, and he's the kind of guy that can't stand to do less than his best. Please join myself and the Editorial Mafia in suporting his decision to take that next big step as a writer.
A Challenge to Writers... --8\8\2000-- Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story. Challenge 1 is the paintings of Daniel Hannaquand, Challenge 2 is a collection of narrative hooks composed by Dan Hollifield.
Aphelion Links Page --6\08\2001--
Click here to see the Links Page. Our fellow E-zines, Astronomy, research material, entertainment, and much, much more!
Aphelion IRC Chat --2\16\2001-- Information about a new feature for Aphelion. IRC Chat is a fun way to talk to our readers, writers, staff members, and other netizens. This link takes you to a basic intro and provides further links to the IRC software that you can download for free. Look for new updates as we refine this feature.
Aphelion JAVA Chat --2\12\2001-- For a quick look at the JAVA chat client, this link launches a new browser window that takes you to a Log-in form for a JAVA-based chat in your browser window. No specian programs are needed. This will be a very simple, but passable IRC client, very no-frills. This will also tell you if there's anyone else in the chatroom, by the way.
And banner artwork for links. If you want to link to Aphelion and want more than a text link, then this page is for you. Some of these banners are finished, but most of them lack only my adding text to make them complete. Unfinished banners can be completed and e-mailed to you within 8 days. The banner HTML code-- and image --can be e-mailed on request, or can be more simply copied from the "View / Page Source" option in your web browser. Finished images can be copied from the banner artwork page itself. An exchange of links or banner links is always welcome. Link Swap E-mail should be sent to: Dan Hollifield
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Instead of the back issues the banner below now takes you to the Archives-where all our past stories are available for you to read.
I've decided to ditch the back issues in favor of the Archives. The Archives are easier to use and can be indexed by author or story title. Hopefully this will ease the task of finding a favorite story. We may start a page of our past cover art, if
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