Planet Magazine:  "The Handbook of Galactic Dictators Everywhere!"
Planet Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 1 (the 17th issue)   

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Editor & Publisher   
Andrew G. McCann   

Cover Artist   
Cover Title: "Gully Probe"  
Art Director   
Romeo Esparrago   

Associate Editor   
Ray Dangel   


Planet Magazine is a free, award-winning 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.  

Planet is internationally distributed in electronic form (text and full-color versions) via the World Wide Web (mainly Etext.Org), America Online, CompuServe, and Tin-Foil-Hat Receptrons.  Total circulation is "lotz" per issue worldwide.  Feel free to download this zine or make a single printout, as long as you don't charge for it or alter it in any way.  That would be not only illegal but also "unfair."  Submissions are welcomed (see below).  Planet does not carry advertising or offer a subscription service, but issues are always available at our Web site.  Letters to the editor are also welcome and are likely to be printed.  


Planet Magazine accepts original (preferably unpublished) short science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, poems, or one-act plays from anyone (use the lengths in this issue as a guideline).  We will not publish anything we judge to be porno, gore, or in violation (as far as we are able to tell) of any copyrights (such as stories that use Star Trek characters).  Since Planet is free and carries no ads, we can't pay anything except the spirit-sustaining currency of free publicity and life-enhancing good vibes.  We also accept original illustrations.  

  • Send text submissions as plain, unformatted files (either as an e-mail attachment or, if short enough, in the body of an e-mail message) to Two submissions max at a time, please. 
  • Send illustration submissions separately as e-mail attachments, and stuff or zip them first.  They should be either 256-color, 16-color, 16-gray, or B&W GIFs or JPEGs.  Please query first. 



    Formats:  Beginning with this issue, Planet Magazine is distributed in Web (HTML) format only, which can be read best with any version 3.0 Web browser or above, such as Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, or Opera (the prior issue is also in Web format.)  All previous issues are downloadable in three electronic versions: text-only (for PC or Mac using any word-processing program), Acrobat PDF (full-color version for PC or Mac using the free Acrobat Reader), and DOCMaker (full-color, self-running file with sounds; Mac only). 

    Planet Magazine can be downloaded from the following sources, among others:  

    • The main place to go is the World Wide Web, where you'll find our home page at and be able to download any version of any issue.  

    • America Online's Writer's Club Forum (keyword: WRITERS; look for the Electronic Magazine Library), Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum (keyword: SCIENCE FICTION; look for the Member Fiction & Scripts Library), or the Macworld software library (keyword: MACWORLD; search the new uploads section).  

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

    Planet Magazine as a whole, including all text, design, and illustrations, is copyright © 1998 by Andrew G. McCann. However, all individual stories and poems in this magazine are copyright © 1998 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 Magazine", "PlanetZine", 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 A. Esparrago, Jr., on a PowerMac 6100/66 using TableWorks and SimpleText.  The text is Arial/Geneva; the logotypes are Times New Roman. Illustrations were done in pencil and ink and highlighter markers, ColorIt! and Painter 4.  Each issue carefully spanked by an e-physician.   *

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