Aphelion Issue 210, Volume 20
September 2016
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
P&E Top Ten

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!


Mare Inebrium Anthology


First off, 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.

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!

Dan's Promo Page



Hubble Sees a Star 'Inflating' a Giant Bubble.

Photo Credit: ESA & NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)