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Tony Chandler ("Mountains of Olo'hyo", "Ramaas, Planet of Adventure"), who has been writing science fiction for six years, has publishing credits that include "The Number's Control" (Eternity Online Magazine, April/May 1998), "The Captain's Scars" (Aphelion, April/May 1998), "MotherShip" (Dark Planet, December 1997; still available for reading), "Kragon's Gold", a Chase Broughton adventure (Planet Magazine, December 1997). Two of Tony's short short stories were published during 1997 in "Ibn Qirtaiba" and another story, "Friend", is scheduled for 1998. One of the first two stories, "Without Paradise", was featured in IQ's special issue for the SciCon 2 Internet convention. Both are still available for reading. "It Is the Darkness" and "Reality Check" were published during 1997 in "Cosmic Visions." <thunderstar5@yahoo.com>


Ray Dangel ("Shift", artwork) is Associate Editor of Planet Magazine. He lives near Denver, Colorado and blames his weird imagination on the powerful magnetic influence of the nearby Rocky Mountains. Ray realizes he is drain-bamaged but feels the gorgeous scenery is worth it. <radangel@eazy.net>


Bruce C. Davis ("Search & Rescue") is being published for the first time as a fiction writer in this issue of Planet. Previous publications were in medical journals -- he is a practicing trauma surgeon in Mesa, Arizona. Bruce also is a Naval reserve officer and has spent 10 years on active duty, serving in Granada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf. Born in New England and educated in Chicago, he has lived all over the country as well as overseas, thanks to the Navy. Bruce prefers "hard" science fiction stories with a military bend and has several more in progress. <us008812@mindspring.com>


Constantine Beloroutchev aka Con deBlon ("In the Beginning") was born in Moscow, Russia in 1978. Now an undergrad student at Moscow State University, Constantine is also writing a story for Russia's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Magazine "ESLI". Sci-Fi attracts Con because it eliminates all the barriers that daily life's stereotypes imposes on the freedom of the human mind. Sci-Fi & Fantasy writers are not only posing philosophical questions about the meaning of human existence but they are also trying to give answers to these questions, however wild their answers can be. Only a Sci-Fi &Fantasy writer can take it to the height of absurdity and thus show its real significance. <minjar@hist.msu.ru>


Romeo Esparrago ("MonsterKu", artwork, webpages) just returned from the Big Island of Hawaii where he & his wife were rejected as volcano sacrifices by the Goddess Pele. "Not ono-licious enough", the Goddess said, "they look bland & tasteless with no substance...just like poi without spam." Visit their spam-free website at <http://www.romedome.com>.  <public@romedome.com>


Barbara Hancock ("Wasted Minds") is a fiction junkie, a short story addict. Other than the embarrassing compulsion of creating characters in her head when she should be driving, working or otherwise participating in life, Barbara is normal. Completely normal. In spite of what some of her stories might say about her psyche. Though some might label her as manic depressive, Barbara insists that her mood swings are only creative acrobatics of the mind. SF, Horror, and Romance are the genres she dabbles in with her favorite being a tasty blend of all three. <hunt.pek@cablenet-va.com>


Duncan Long (art for "Cover" and "Search & Rescue") is an internationally recognized technical and fiction author with over 60 books and manuals that have gone into print. He also "moonlights" as an illustrator. You can visit his home page at <http://www.kansas.net/~duncan/Artpage> <duncan@kansas.net>


Bidermeier van Leeuwonhoek ("Bidermeier van Leeuwonhoek"), in addition to being a famously unproductive writer, is a von Neumann machine -- a device that constructs copies of itself. Copies of Mr. van Leeuwonhoek now number in the untold trillions, although, luckily, they take up no physical space, since he is a fictional creation. On the other hand, his copies are rapidly filling up fictional space, which, albeit infinite by definition, means that Mr. van Leeuwonhoek can be expected to begin appearing as a character in most novels, short stories, poems, plays, what-have-you. Eventually, all fiction will be about the antics of Mr. van Leeuwonhoek and his madcap clones. Call him a "van Leeuwonhoek machine." Planet Magazine regrets its role in this matter. As noted earlier, Mr. van Leeuwonhoek is also a writer, having authored numerous one-paragraph autobiographies, all of which have appeared in Planet Magazine's About the Authors page. He otherwise remains unpublished. <Bidermeier@eworld.com>


Andrew G. McCann ("Cartoon" and "MonsterKu" ) is editor, publisher, and Apprentice Artifact Thief of Planet Magazine, the only online magazine openly funded by the Fallen Pre-Human Gods of the Greater Stygian Metropolitan Area, who invested well yet still yearn for their Lost Otherworldly Powers. Andy wrote and drew anything in this zine that's unattributed (except the exclamation point in the word FREE! on the front cover, which was provided by a consultant from McKinsey & Co.). His home page: <http://www.planetmag.com/> <andy@planetmag.com>


H. Turnip Smith ("Made in the USA") is the hybrid son of the mating of a sugar beet mother and a rutabaga father. Smith went on to fame and fortune in the world of school teaching. Voted one of the least interesting 10 men in Western civilization, Smith goes to bed at 9:30 p.m. even on weekends and is said to be a man of many compulsions, including telling lies on the Internet. <tsmith@sinclair.edu>


Eric Tennyson ("How Time Flies") is 26 years old and a news director for a radio station in Robinson, Illinois, along with being a sports broadcaster. He says it's a good job, but he's always held a love for writing, especially fiction in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy genres. He has twin 19-month-old baby girls who are his angels, but he has slowed down his writing for a while, as one might imagine. Now, he's putting the thinking tank into motion and has some short stories, novel outlines, and a screenplay synopsis down. His Web site is called "Creative Imagination," and the address is <http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/4609>. He can also be reached via e-mail at: <annbroadcastingcorp@frs-l.com>


Kate Thornton ("One of the Family") lives in Pasadena, where she writes short fiction in the mystery and science fiction genres as a form of revenge therapy. When she's not writing, she works for a defense contractor and teaches in the Army. <kittyf@hotmail.com><http://www.sff.net/people/katethornton>


Joseph M. Weinberg ("Squivel's Mirth") is a senior in high school, and has been accepted to Muhlenburg college, in Allentown, Pa. He turns 18 this month of June 1998. He's been writing since age 6, but has been serious about it for four years. Joe originally focused on fantasy but has turned to science fiction. He's previously been published on The "Writer's Club" Web page, "Aphelion," and local printed literary magazines. <wwriter@worldnet.att.net>


J. B. Wocoski ("SciFaiku") is an avid Science Fiction reader who writes poetry from the heart into the late night. During the day, he is a mild-mannered Technical Writer working in Washington, DC. His personal quote is "Look ahead into the future, for Mankind is here to stay, for the long run. Let's make it happen." His Home Page: <http://members.aol.com/wocojoe> <wocojoe@aol.com>


Allen Woods ("Obscurity") is a member of the HWA and his stories have or will appear in Of Unicorns and Space Stations, Lost Worlds, Pablo Lennis, Pleiades, Art:Mag, Gotta Write Network Litmag, Titan, Nuketown, Dubioud Matter, The Thread, Dragon's Lair, Red Writers Hood, and Aphelion. His short story, Riddle of the Jade Eagle, won the 1997 Preditors and Editors award for the best short story on the Internet. <allenwoods@sprintmail.com>




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