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Planet Magazine, Vol. 3, Nos. 3 & 4; July-December 1996 (the 11th and 12th issues)

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Editor & Publisher
Andrew G. McCann

Cover Artist
Romeo Esparrago
Cover Title: "Anominous by Unknownymous" - A kaleidoscope, collage, and mosaic of images inspired from past issues & the Planet Mag Home Page alongside original photos & international stamps. (Equipment: PowerMac 6100, Painter 4, MicroTek scanner, 1/4 cup margarine, 2% lowfat milk, cheese sauce mix, 206 g of macaroni, serves 2).


Planet Magazine is a free electronic quarterly of short science fiction, fantasy, horror, poetry, and humor written by beginning or little-known writers (mostly), whom we hope to encourage in their pursuit of the perfect tale. There could be other reasons we're doing this, of course, motivations that are obscure and uncomfortable; instincts linked perhaps to primal, nonreasoning urges regarding power and procreation - the very same forces, no doubt, that sank the Atlanteans and their alabaster-towered oceanic empire. And the Dark Gods laffed.

Anyway, Planet is internationally distributed in electronic form (text and full-color versions) via the Worldwide Web, Etext.Org, America Online, CompuServe, the late, great eWorld (eWho?), and Tentacled Cthulhu Itself. We guess, based on nothing, that total circulation is something like 500-1,000 per issue worldwide. No one really knows. Feel free to pass this magazine along electronically or as a single printout, as long as you don't charge for it or alter it in any way. We welcome submissions (details below). Planet does not carry any advertising or offer an official subscription service (but it can always be found every third month in certain locations; see below). Letters to the editor are welcome and are likely to be printed. Send questions or comments to


Planet Magazine accepts original short stories, poems, one-act plays, and odds-and-ends (use the lengths in this issue as guidelines), as well as original accompanying illustrations. We prefer unpublished SF, fantasy, horror, poetry, humor, etc., by beginning or little-known writers (we eschew stories published in other e-zines, as well as porno, gore, and any campaign-trail tell-alls). Because this e-mag is free and operates on a budget of $1.67 per annum, we can't afford to pay anything except the currency of free publicity and life-enhancing good vibes (that and a few bucks will get you the latest comic book by Peter Kuper, but it's still a wedge of spiritual cheese at the end of life's maze to see your name in e-print).

Story submissions: Send stories, poems, etc., as plain text files (in other words, save the file as Text Only) to Two submissions max at a time, please.

Illustration submissions: Send only one or two illustrations per story as separate, stuffed or zipped 16-color, 16-gray, or B&W GIF files to; query first.


Beginning with this issue, Planet Mag is distributed in three electronic versions - text-only (readable by Windows or Macintosh or other, using a word-processing program), Acrobat PDF (full-color version readable by Windows or Mac or other, using the free, downloadable Acrobat Reader), and HTML (see below). Previous issues also are in DOCMaker format (full-color version with sounds, readable by Mac only; needs no other software); these files are likely compressed with StuffIt (a .sit file), as well as binhexed (.hqx); you'll need StuffIt Expander, or similar, to decompress them. This zine can be downloaded from the following sources, among others:

  • On the WorldWide Web, visit
  • From Planet Magazine's home page, you can download any issue, including the text-only version. The Pages are best viewed using an HTML3+ browser that supports in-line graphics, tables, ISO Latin 1 Character Entities, AIFF sound files, and JavaScript. Planet Magazine also supports both NetScape and MS Internet Explorer HTML enhancements. But sure, go ahead and use a text-browser, and see if you get in the k00l Kid'z Klub!

  • The America Online Writer's Club Forum (keyword: WRITERS; the route is The Writer's Club: Writer's Club Libraries: Electronic Magazine Library), which carries all three versions.
    Also, AOL's Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum (keyword: SCIENCE FICTION; the path is Science Fiction & Fantasy: The Science Fiction Libraries: Member Fiction & Scripts Library).
    And in the Macworld software library on AOL (keyword: MACWORLD; check out the software library's new uploads section).

  • The CompuServe Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum (go: SFLIT; look in the Science Fiction literature library). This library carries only the text version.


Planet Magazine as a whole, including all text, design, and illustrations, is copyright © 1996 by Andrew G. McCann. However, all individual stories and poems in this magazine are copyright © 1996 by their respective authors or artists, who have granted Planet Magazine the right to use these works for this issue in both electronic and printed forms. All people and events portrayed in this magazine are entirely fictitious and bear no resemblance to actual people or events. This publication, along with every past issue of Planet Magazine, is registered with the Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress, as are the names "Planet," "Planet Magazine," and "McCann's Planet Magazine." You may freely distribute this magazine electronically on a non-commercial, nonprofit basis to anyone and print one copy for your personal use, but you may not alter or excerpt Planet in any way without direct permission from the publisher, at Any unauthorized access, reproduction, or transmission of Planet Magazine is strictly prohibited by law. Planet Magazine is published by Cranberry Street Press, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA, Andrew G. McCann, publisher.


These Web pages were designed and created by Romeo E. Esparrago on a PowerMac 6100/66 using TableWorks and SimpleText. Text is Arial/Helvetica; the logotypes are Times. Illustrations done in Painter 4. Sounds created using the PowerMac's microphone.  €

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