Aphelion Issue 225, Volume 22
February 2018
 
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P&E Top Ten P&E Top TenWell here it is, time to begin another year of Aphelion. Can you believe it? We're now 21 years old. My, how time flies.



We had a great time looking back at our history over the past year. Highlights from our past issues as well as new work by some of the best writers around. Thanks to you readers, we were voted into the Top Ten E-Zines list in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll once again. Thank you for your nomination, and your votes. Aphelion took 3rd for fiction zine and 5th for poetry zine. Denny Marshall's poem in in the September 2017 issue of Aphelion won for best poem! Lots of other names familiar to Aphelion readers and writers also scored big on the P&E Polls. Sergio Palumbo took 9th for best sf story in Rogue Planet, Michele Dutcher took 3rd for best e-zine editor for Quantum Muse, John Rose got 4th with the cover art for Cheapjack Pulp, and Denny Marshall got best cover art, too. I've been saying it for years, and I'll keep on saying it: Aphelion attracts the most talented people on the planet. And before anyone asks why I mentioned these people winning  for work done in other zines-- Why shouldn't I? I'm proud of them, and their work, and I'm happy they're being recognized by readers. They earned those votes, those awards, and I'm happy that they hang out here as well as submitting to and working with other sites.I say, give them all a big round of applause!

Now, some of you may have noticed the website occasionally acting funny when you tried to visit us during the past few months: slow load times and whatnot. That should be fixed now. It turns out that we'd filled up our alloted webspace storage on our ISP's servers. It took us 20 years, but we finally filled up 2 gigs of space on the server we're on. We were faced with a choice between deleting older files, or spending more money. I chose to buy more space instead of deleting stuff. Aphelion will now cost me an amount roughly equal to three hours pay for each new issue. For 20 years it had cost me 90 minutes pay, but we've grown bigger, so a change had to be made. But don't worry, I'm not going to suddenly start charging you to get in here. I had to renew our domain registration, too. That was a fair chunk of change, indeed. But fear not. One of Aphelion's writers had an unexpected run of good luck a year or so ago, and sent me a donation that'll keep Aphelion online for the next 10 years. I didn't want to accept it--after all, I do have my pride--but it was pointed out to me that our benefactor was simply "paying it forward" for all the writers that we can help out in the future. So I swallowed my pride and set that money aside for domain renewals. Half of it has now been used, the rest will needed in 2023.

Another thing: Iain Muir has been working on updating the Author Index! As some of you may have noticed, a few months ago I began updating the Back Issues Index. I came up with a quick and dirty way to do that. Iain added a few tweaks to my original layout, too. My method may not be as pretty as one would like, but it does have the virtue of being fairly easy to keep up with. Iain's Author Index is quite a sweet bit of work, I must say. When he's completed it, it will have EVERYTHING! Between the two of us, Aphelion's Archives will soon be up to date

Well, this hasn't been an editorial full of writing tips and helpful hints, but then, only half my editorials are like that. Sometimes I come up with tips and tricks, sometimes I just tell you what's going on behind the scenes. This is a behind the scenes sort of month.

In closing, I'm happy to announce that unless the world ends, I should be able to retire from the factory in 5 more years. I ran the numbers through a spreadsheet that I wrote up to calculate exactly when I could afford to walk out of that factory for the final time. Barring unforeseen disasters--or last-minute adjustments, my final day of gainful employment should be February 7th of 2023. After that, I'll be a pensioner, on a fixed income, and my hated alarm clock will only ever be needed for special occasions forever afterwards. I'm literally counting down the days. 1307 workdays left! Yes, I actually have a calculator written to do the countdown for me, LOL! It's true that the first year of my retirement will require some careful budgeting, but during the second year all of my retirement funding will kick in and things will become much easier.
All right, it's about time I shut up and let y'all get to reading the first issue of Aphelion of 2018! Enjoy!

Dan


BOILERPLATE:

This is a little something I made early in the year. It's a little advert for Aphelion. I wrote the music and added a slide show of past cover art. It's short, and showcases a lot of the changes we've made over the past two decades. Feel free to share it around.


Feel free to share this on Facebook, G+, blog posts, and other webpages. But only with the permission of the page or group owners! Be polite and considerate, always. You'll have to look up the embed code for the ad on You Tube, sorry about that, but the code won't display correctly here. But the Share Code for Facebook and G+ is:

https://youtu.be/23qfziyt9Jo

Mare Inebrium Collection

If you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us on the Aphelion page there. The link is Aphelion Webzine. As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be very useful. Given our different locations and schedules, it's come in handy as a way to discuss production details of new issues. Sometimes there are several of us using Facebook at the same time, so it's almost like the old chat room days back in the 1990s.

My first collection of Mare Inebrium spaceport bar short stories was published in February of 2015 by Dark Oak Press. It is available in both Kindle an Nook e-book formats, paperback, and hardback. I also have three albums of instrumental music out through the Create Space self-publishing website. If you like, you can click on the photo or the link below to find all the info you would need to purchase my book in your preferred format, or an e-book of Flash of Aphelion, buy a CD of my music, or listen to tracks off of the albums on my Bandcamp website. Enjoy!

Dan's Promo Page

Dan



ON THE COVER

Title: "View of Apollo 14 Lunar Module on the Moon"

Photo Credit: NASA