Hello and welcome to the December 2021 issue of Aphelion!
In this issue, we have our
regular supply of outstanding original stories as well as our annual
Best Of lists--for the final issue of our 24th year of
continuous publication We will be back in February to begin our 25th
Over the past week, the Southeastern
writing community has lost two of our luminaries; Darrell "Doc" Osborn
and Jonathan David Baird. Please join us in sending our condolences and
sympathy to their families. These gentlemen contributed greatly to
fandom; Doc as an entertainer and cover artist, Jonathan as a writer,
both of them well loved by the community. As happy as I am to be gifted
by their presence for so long, losing them hurts in ways I cannot fully
describe. Let us raise a glass in toast to our absent friends. Let us
also keep and hold their families in our thoughts and memories.
This news has taken the wind out of
my sails for a time, so I'm going to cut this editorial short
out of respect to Doc and Jonathan.
I'll leave you with this advice; make
the most of the time you have with your loved ones. The future is not
promised. The now is all we have, although the past burns brightly in
Title: NGC 2264 and the Christmas Tree cluster