Aphelion Issue 295, Volume 28
June 2024 --
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
Dan's Promo Page

Hello, and welcome to another new issue of Aphelion!

There are loads of new stories, features, and poetry on tap this month. I'm sure you'll find some new favorites as you read through all the tales in this new issue. Everyone has been working hard on these, so please go visit our Forums and leave some comments when you've finished reading. The writers will thank you for that.

I got an e-mail from Nate Kailhofer recently. He's finished the first draft of the Aphelion Explorer series bible and is sending a copy of it off to Bill Warren for his consideration. We'll be putting that online in the next issue or two. Nate has been hard at work on this, and everything looks wonderful so far. I'm looking forward to having more stories in this series start arriving on Aphelion's pages. If I'm really lucky, there will be a side effect to any new Aphelion Explorer stories; new Mare Inebrium and Nightwatch stories! I've really missed seeing those populating my in box. Actually, I've been itching to write another Nightwatch story. One of the unresolved plot threads from "Fly By Wire" has been gnawing at the back of my mind for several months now. Even though I have no idea what Bob and Jeff are working up as far as their outline for a new season of Nightwatch stories, I may start an outline of my idea just so that I don't forget any neat tidbits that have popped up so far. If nothing else, I could pass it to the Nightwatch editors for use as a back-up in case one of the scheduled tales gets delayed. But to get back to the matter at hand, if you have any ideas for an Aphelion Explorer story, start scribbling them down. The time for them will soon be at hand!

As for myself, I've had little time for writing during June. Instead, I've been doing a little remodeling and minor construction work here at home- among other homeowner-type chores. I'm not even close to being finished with all the things I want to do here, but each job I complete gives me a feeling of accomplishment. For example, our new bathroom floor looks great as well as having been a learning experience for me. I'm glad that I had the chance to refresh my skills in this reconstruction effort, even though the job turned out to be a little easier than I'd first thought it would. Now that the bathroom is done, I need to turn my hand towards screening in our front porch. After that, I've been thinking strongly about building and screening in a porch for our back door. The back porch is still in the drafting stage, though. I don't want to start it before deciding what I really want to see every time I open the back door.

In other news, Lyn and I will be attending LibertyCon 22 in Chattanooga, Tennessee over the weekend of July 10th through the 12th. That's going to be lots of fun, as per usual for a LibertyCon. We're looking forward to seeing lots of our LC friends again, as well as making new friends there. Lyn and I are finishing up the final details on our costumes and have already started packing our suitcases. Once we get home, we'll only have a few days to get ready for another trip to Tennessee- This time, for a family reunion up near Knoxville on the weekend of July 18th. If it weren't for our pets here at home, we'd just find something else to do in Tennessee during the week in between trips. As it stands, the only thing we aren't going to enjoy is the long hours of driving back and forth. Still, once we get where we're going we'll be having lots of fun!

Speaking of fun, don't forget that we'll be throwing a party on August 22nd! ApheliCon 4 is almost upon us. Any Aphelion readers and writers within driving distance of Athens, Georgia will be welcome to attend. Also invited are any of the steampunk groups who live close enough to consider showing up. Even though this isn't any sort of formal convention, Lyn and I hope to see plenty of people showing up. We've had several folks express interest in attending, so please come to the party if you can. I'll soon be posting a page with maps and directions. In fact, I already have one page with the best route from the Atlanta area online at this link. Please send me an e-mail if you have any special dietary needs or allergies that would affect the menu that Lyn and I are working up. For that matter, an e-mail telling us you plan on attending would be welcome as well. We do need to know how many guests for whom we need to buy food and drinks. Please feel free to bring something yourselves, if you wish, although that isn't required. Come on and visit a while! It'll be great fun!

Well, that about wraps it up for me for this issue. Time for me to shut up and let you get to reading this new issue. Enjoy!