Once again it is time for another issue of Aphelion!
First off, I'd like to welcome Kate Stuart to the staff as our new
Short Story Editor. This will be her first issue in the position, so
everyone please make her welcome!
Secondly, this is an election year in the US. I urge everyone to go
out and vote on Election Day. Doesn't matter what your politics are,
who you support, or why you support them. What matters is that if you
sit home and refuse to vote, chances are you won't be happy with the
election results. Not only is this a presidential election year, but
something like 80% of the seats in Congress are up for grabs as well.
This is a big thing. This is important. There is a fair chunk of the
future riding on your actions, or inactions, come Election Day. You can
make a difference. Please do.
Thirdly, some interesting developments have presented themselves. I
don't have the faintest idea what, if anything, will come from them.
I'll just have to wait and see how they play out. Or perhaps they will
fade away. The future is as yet unwritten.
Lastly, there are only three more issues of Aphelion left for this
year. With the first issue of 2017, the zine will complete its
twentieth year online! Few websites even reach five years of life, but
because of you, the readers and writers and the zine staff, we have
done amazing things. We have learned, grown, evolved, and progressed
together. Together is the key word there. Without each and every one of
you who have taken Aphelion into your hearts, this milestone would
never have been possible. Thank you.
When Aphelion began, it was very much a one-man-band. Starting with
stories left unfinished by the unexpected closing of Dragon's Lair
Webzine, the first few issues were myself and a scant handful of DLW
writers attempting to reach some sort of closure for our unfinished
tales. Slowly, new writers and new readers discovered the zine. At
first, there was a trickle of new submissions, then a torrent, and then
a veritable flood! It became more than I could cope with to keep
abreast of everything. The quality of the submissions improved, but the
quality of my ability to edit them declined. I was about to give up,
when over the horizon a small band of heroes appeared. The first
editorial staff, riding in to save the day. The quality of the zine
skyrocketed! More new writers, new readers, changes to the layout of
the zine, the first Letter Column (forum), our first graduates into the
ranks of the Pros, our first shared-universe series--and everything
continues to rocket ahead to this day.
Thank you all for an incredible ride! This is been like reading a really excellent book--I can't wait to see what happens next!
First off, if you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us
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
My first collection of Mare Inebrium spaceport bar short stories was
published in February by Dark Oak Press. It is available in both Kindle
an Nook e-book formats, paperback, and hardback. I also that thre
albums of instrumenal music out throgh the Create Space self-publishing
website. If you like, you can click on the photo or the link below to
fin 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!
ON THE COVER
Title: Hubble Sees a Star 'Inflating' a Giant Bubble.
Photo Credit: ESA & NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)