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Aphelion Editorial 041

November 2000

The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...

by Dan L. Hollifield

Hello and welcome!

Well, I told you to go out and vote, now you only have yourself to blame if you don't like the result of this month's election. Actually, the question on my mind is will there be an assassination in America's near future? Conspiracy pundits are already blathering, but the fact remains that if no attempt is made on the President's life then the curse of the "election year ending in 0" will be broken.

The only good news that I've gotten out of this election is that fellow writer L. Neil Smith managed to get on the ballot in Colorado. For Libertarians, that's a really good sign. If we're all lucky, in a few years’ time we'll be able to burn effigies of Alexander Hamilton on April 15th as well as keep that extra 40%, or more, of our incomes that the bloated governmental burro-cracy feeds itself upon year after year after year...

But I digress.

Actually, I had intended to ignore politics in this editorial, but I've had a lousy day at work and I'm in an ill mood. So please forgive the above outburst and feel free to do anything you'd like as long as it doesn't harm anyone unnecessarily. (Thanks for the great line, Spider!)

OK, so we're all Fictioneers here. We have the power to mould young minds, affect public opinion, change the world (for the better I hope!), and to entertain along the way. Whether you're a "sad fan-boy/girl" or a "dirty old pro", whatever you read affects you just as whatever you write affects others. Each of us has to choose a direction, to find that "job that needs doing" according to our own individual makeup. Some of us weave messages in amongst our texts, those things that feel important, to try and impart a bit of our collective wisdom to those who come after us. Some distain message for various reasons, but yet still have something to say.

What do your tales say about you and what you believe? The stories you read, the stories you write... What are you trying to say? What are you trying to see?

Life, love, sorrow, joy, anger, brotherhood, hunger, tenderness... What do the words that you chose say about you?

Thanks for your time.



2000 Dan L. Hollifield

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