Planet Says: The word English is English for "English"

Planet Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 1 (the 21st issue)

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Editor & Publisher   
Andrew G. McCann 

Art Director/Web Designer   
Romeo Esparrago 

Associate Editor   
Ray Dangel

Associate Editor/Key Grip   
Tom Wagner  

Featured Cover Artist   
Kelly McLarnon
Cover Art Title: "Attack!"

Now that's a heckuva splinter!



Planet Magazine is the free, award-winning quarterly Web-zine of short science fiction and fantasy by emerging writers and artists, whom we hope to encourage in their pursuit of the perfect tale or illustration. 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 available electronically via the World Wide Web (see the clickable links at the top of this page) and from various online services, such as America Online, CompuServe, and Tin-Foil-Hat Receptron. Total circulation is "thousands" 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 "not nice." 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Planet accepts original, unpublished short science fiction and fantasy stories and poems, as well as digital art, from anyone famous or unfamous (use the lengths in any recent issue as a guideline). We are open to the experimental but 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 Babylon 5 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.



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Planet Magazine as a whole, including all text, design, and illustrations, is copyright © 1999 by Andrew G. McCann. However, all individual stories and poems in this magazine are copyright © 1999 by their respective authors or artists, who have granted Planet Magazine the right to use these works for this issue in both electronic form and any resulting print-outs by readers for noncommercial, individual use. 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. Since our first issue, dated January 1994, Planet Magazine has been freely available via the Internet and has consistently used the names "Planet Magazine", "PlanetZine", "PlanetMag," and "McCann's Planet Magazine" to refer to itself. You may freely distribute this magazine electronically on a noncommercial, 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, written permission from the publisher, who can be contacted at Any unauthorized access, reproduction, or transmission of Planet Magazine, in whole or part, is strictly prohibited by U.S. federal law and international copyright 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., using Claris Home Page. The text is Arial/Geneva; the logotypes are Arquitectura. Illustrations were done in Painter 4 and Poser 3. Equipment used: an Apple PowerMac 6400, a Wacom ArtZ tablet, and a MicroTek ScanMaker IISP. Please visit the guest artists' Web pages to learn about the tools they used for their illustrations. This issue of Planet was generated by an intelligent cyber-spore mimicking a Web-zine, so that it can observe you while you're reading. It is very interested in your particular reading habits, for as-yet unknown reasons. All other copies of Planet are plain-vanilla digital. This serves as your only warning.




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