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ABOUT OUR FEATURED STORY'S AUTHOR - Tony Chandler
Tony Chandler ("ThunderStar") has publishing credits that, in addition to this foremost, grandiose, and machismost Web-zine titled Planet Magazine, are forthwith and legally established as: Eternity, the Online Journal of the Speculative Imagination, The Little Read Writer's Hood (yeah, that's its name, folks -- and it's a good zine!), Ibn Qirtaiba (think "Dune"... really), Apheilion, and last but not least Dark Planet. "ThunderStar" is the third installment of the Chase Broughton saga. Don't worry, each story is self-contained and self-insane. But Tony does hope that if you like ThunderStar, you might check out Kragon's Gold (in Planet Magazine No. 13-16/combined issue) and Ramaas, Planet of Adventure (in Planet Magazine No. 18). And remember... it's all for fun. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lee Allison ("Turka's Tale") is 35 and has been an avid SF fan since his teens. His primary job is being a father to a really cool 6-year-old boy. He's also a computer engineer for a large software company out of Seattle (yes, that one!). In his spare time he loves to play paintball, Rollerblade, and throw just about any sort of ball with his son. Lee's hope is that one day his son will be a major figure in the NFL and support his dear old dad! Lee has been writing, very sporadically, almost as long as he has been reading. But recently he has started to really concentrate on his stories. Lee hopes to attend a good writer's workshop sometime this year to improve his skills. Of course the primary reason for this is to attract legions of beautiful, young, female groupies. Maybe go on tour, book signings, concerts, the whole gig. Or maybe not. But if anyone "is" interested in booking Lee for a public appearance before he gets insanely famous (right now almost all of 2000 is wide open!) they can reach him at <email@example.com>.
Tzvika Barenholz ("And He Will Lead") was born in 1980 in Petah Tikva, Israel, and has lived there all his life. He is a student of computer sciences, economics, and mathematics in the Bar Ilan university. This is his first attempt at penmanship. A Sci-Fi fan since he could read, he names Spider Robinson, Bruce Sterling, Clifford D.Simak, Roger MacBride Allen, Brian Aldis, and Jack Vance among his major influences. As a fan as well as a writer, he values short stories and short-story magazines as the heart and soul of science fiction. E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Michael Barnett ("That Takes the Cake") considers himself to be a "defrocked" astrophysicist, having graduated with degrees in physics and astronomy. In order to live, he took a job as a software engineer and has been at it since 1979. He used to write to help himself out during times of depression. Interestingly enough, his life has apparently been good for the last fifteen years. Of course, having a family with two small children does make it slightly difficult to keep up with any literary pursuits. So perhaps some encouragement from some fans would spur his creative juices. Michael has been electronically published in "The Cat's Eye", a defunct e-zine, with a story entitled "Toll Road." His Web site has more of his writing, including juvenile science fiction, astronomical non-fiction, and religious humor pieces at <http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/9634>. E-Mail: <email@example.com>
Jeff Colburn ("First Blood") is a true Renaissance Man, being well versed in both the arts and sciences. He completed his four-year high school program in three years, majoring in marine biology and oceanography. Later, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University Long Beach. He is also a native Californian. Always seeking a challenge, Jeff has had many careers, including: Deputy Sheriff; Crime Analyst; Freelance Photographer; Freelance Computer Consultant; Freelance Marketing Research; Creator of a nonprofit organization, where he edited and published a national monthly newsletter for the hearing-impaired community. After all this experimentation, Jeff is now working in several fields which offer him a constant challenge. He is a freelance writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and erotic short stories, and poetry. Jeff is also an inventor, with several inventions under consideration at various companies. Interested in art for many years, Jeff is working on his illustration skills using graphite and colored pencil and acrylics. For relaxation, Jeff has tried mountain climbing, SCUBA diving, equitation, body surfing, ice skating, stamp and coin collecting. He currently is involved in photography, psychic research, book collecting, the martial arts and hiking. E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ray Dangel ( Associate Editor) did the honorable thing finally by revealing that he is secretly a Venusian escapee fleeing for his life. We had wondered about his bright blue skin, but political correctness caused us to set aside that concern when he showed up at Planet's door a while back asking for work. His habit of sleeping curled up in a file cabinet under "D" was disconcerting to the staff, but he doesn't snore so we're OK with it. At least we know where to find him when the work piles up. Ray's fiction is published at several online sites, and this may ultimately lead to his recapture by Venusian authorities, but Planet Magazine hereby disclaims any responsibility in that event. <email@example.com>
J.B. East ("Time's Shadow") is an amateur anthropologist/mythologist with a degree in Television and Film Production. "Time's Shadow" is the first of a series of short stories set in the period 4,000-500 b.c. J.B. hopes to sell them as a television series or graphic novel. E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Romeo Esparrago ("John Jakes", co-author of "Jelly Man", miscellaneous art) is a former deep-space jumpgate welder rad-splatted so badly in The Glomfaarg Wars II that his entire body was amputed, leaving only his right hand, crowned by a tiny, blinking AI Personality-Storage Unit. The hand is recuperating from third-degree sunburn suffered recently at Florida's DisneyWorld. This intense radiation altered the genes in Romeo's thumb and the nail now is growing at the rate of one inch a day. The resourceful artist plans to upgrade the nail into a quill pen and take up calligraphy. Until his new body is extruded at the Federal Body Works in Chicago sometime this summer, Romeo will continue to spend his time drawing and painting digitally and serving nachos and dip as part of a novelty act down at Flennigan's Pub, La Jolla, CA. Visit his secret Earthbase website at <http://www.romedome.com/>. Email: <email@example.com>
John Gerner ("More Real Than Real") is a writer, poet, songwriter and a Clarion West '97 writer's workshop grad. His short story "'Bot Man" was published in Planet Magazine's combined issues #9 & #10. His poem "Juggernaut was published in Planet Magazine #19. More of his creative stuff can be found at: <http://www.richmond.infi.net/~jgerner/creative.html>. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ekul Groundflyer (aka Tom Wagner, Key Grip/Associate Editor) is actually an alien consciousness inhabiting a human formerly known as "Tom Wagner". (Now if only he can get the damn staff at Tower Records to quit putting his CDs in with Tom's....) Ekul seeks guidance from any knowledgable alien readers familiar with the odd workings of human bodies. In particular, he asks, "How does one get used to having only one anus?" And more importantly, "How does one breathe while using it?" So confusing is this world to poor Ekul. He'd also like to know what kind of bizarre environment caused a tail to grow on the FRONT part of Tom's body? Is his "Tom" defective? The tail it came with is so small that it is useless! E-mail: <email@example.com>
James Johnson ("Earth-Bound Entities") began writing short science fiction stories about a year ago. This is his first published work. He recently began submitting his poems to sites on the Internet. Web page: <http://victoria.tc.ca/~yg256> E-Mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Andrew G. McCann ("Editorial & Letters", "Cartoon", "The Downloadable Mirror", and co-author of "Jelly Man") is Editor of Planet Magazine but moreover is a maroon-gray cube, measuring 33 kilometers on a side yet with essentially zero mass, suspended motionless in a featureless taupe void known as P_M Space. His thoughts disturb gravity itself. No company will deliver pizza to him. Even so, Andy managed to win the first place poetry prize in the November 1998 Writer's Challenge <http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/6795/challenge.html>. Hey, how 'bout that! His Home Page: <http://www.planetmag.com> His Email: <BigCheese@planetmag.com>
Duane Swierczynski ("Holidays, Salad Days, Days of Moldy Mayonnaise") is an editor at Details magazine and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and clinically insane cats. He's had stories appear in Gothic Net, Dark Planet, and (soon) Fright Net, and has just finished a novel called Secret Dead Men. He also writes a monthly review column for Spicy Green Iguana, which gives him a great opportunity to praise his SF heroes, both living and dead. E-mail: <Bleed272@aol.com>
Kirt Stark ("Oogies") has had a strong interest in writing since his sophomore year in high school, thanks to a terrific English teacher. His interest in the macabre, however, started much earlier than that. He has always had a fascination with scaring people, especially himself. For many years, Kirt has searched for things that really frighten him, in movies, spook alleys, ghost towns, and just in daily living, and he has found them in the most unusual places. These experiences are what Kirt draws on in his writing, bringing his own fears to life on paper. Disturbed by the frequent use of profanity, graphic gore, and adult situations used in much of today's horror entertainment, Kirt is dedicated to proving that literature can be both bone-chilling and in good taste. Every effort is made in ensuring that his stories are suitable for a younger audience. Halloween is of course Kirt's favorite time of the year. He usually celebrates the holiday starting in late August. Throughout the season he works hard to frighten family, friends, and neighbors as much as possible. If special opportunities arise, such as family reunion camp-outs, Kirt doesn't hesitate in scaring people out of season. Kirt has a bachelor's degree in physics from Weber State University, where he has been on the National Dean's List. He is fluent and literate in three languages. In his spare time Kirt has held several hi-tech and managerial positions with various companies. He is actively engaged in his church and family activities. Camping and fishing are a couple of Kirt's favorite pastimes, as well as panning for gold, searching for lost coins, and any other adventures. Presently Kirt lives in Arizona with his wife and three-year-old son. Writing credits: "13 Haunting Ghost Tales" (October 1998, Dark Woods Publishing); available through Amazon.com, local book stores, or direct from Dark Woods Publishing by e-mailing Jana Dennis at email@example.com, or by calling 1-800-363-0002. Kirt's e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Robert Thorn ("Pigg Whistle") is a writer/musician living in a 652 sq. foot loft (with a gray concrete floor and one window) in a partially restored building that was at one time a prison for polecat rustlers. These luxurious accommodations are located just outside of Dallas, Texas, where he was raised by his locally famous uncle, "Barbecue" Bob Hyde. For the last ten years, Thorn has worked primarily as a musician, playing his hit single "Lick the Boots of Hell" approximately 223 times from the emergency exit of a black tour bus throughout the U.S. and Europe (and once in Mexico). Recently, he has focused on his goal to become a writer as well, drawing influence from his life on the road. His projects, both written and musical, bridge the gap between the two mediums, sharing themes of horror, sci-fi, and black comedy, including a cast of often unsavory characters. He is currently at work on various short stories and a gothic/spaghetti western style band called Ghoultown. Thorn's fiction has appeared in previous issues of Planet Magazine and Yawning Vortex, with upcoming publications to include Altered Perceptions and UK's Sci-Fright Magazine. The story "Pigg Whistle" is based upon real-life events and an adaptation is being considered for a made-for-cable-television mini-series. For more information on projects past and present, visit Angry Planet Webworld at <http://www.flash.net/~aplanet>. If you want to see Pigg in more stories, e-mail Thorn at: <email@example.com>.
A.Y. Tanaka ("Alone on Fourteen"), always Beethoven's friend, regrets having once, years ago, offended the pianist Daniel Barenboim. E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sheri White ("Frightful Night") is a stay-at-home-mom with three girls, ages 10, 3, and 1 year. She is an avid reader; her favorite author is Stephen King. She was recently published online in the January 1999 issue of The M Word (http://www.the-m-word.com/). This is her first appearance in Planet Magazine. Home page: <http://pages.ivillage.com/pp/sheriw7585/index.html> E-mail: <email@example.com>
Joe Wocoski ("Dead Man's Shift") of Gaithersburg, Maryland, enjoys writing Scifaiku and Haiku poetry, children's stories, and now Science Fiction stories as a hobby. This is actually the first Sci-Fi story that he has ever written. He writes late into the night when the rest of the world around him is asleep. Last year, "Planet Magazine" was the first Web zine to publish his Scifaiku poems. Recently, one of Joe's haiku poems was published by the American Haiku Society in their "Frog Pond" magazine. To find out more about Joe, you can visit his poetry Web site that he jokingly calls "WocoJoe's Web Magazine" at http://hometown.aol.com/wocojoe/index.html. Also, he can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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