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Editor & Publisher
Andrew G. McCann (

Assistant Editor
Doug Houston (

Cover illustration "X-Mas the Alien & its AstroToy"
by Romeo Esparrago (



Planet Magazine is a free quarterly of science fiction, fantasy, horror, poetry, and humor written by beginning or little-known writers, whom we hope to encourage in their pursuit of the perfect story. 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 brought down the Atlanteans and their alabaster-towered oceanic empire. And the Dark Gods laffed.

Anyway, Planet is nationally distributed in electronic form (text and full-color versions) via the World Wide Web, American Online, CompuServe, eWorld, New York Mac Users Group (NYMUG) BBS, and Cthulhu knows where else; there are a couple dozen printouts of each issue floating around, as well. 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 a 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 as a whole, including all text, design, and illustrations, is copyright © 1994-1998 by Andrew G. McCann. However, all individual stories and poems in this magazine are copyright © 1994-1998 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 has been registered with the Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress. 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 permission from the publisher ( Planet Magazine is published by Cranberry Street Press, Brooklyn, N.Y., Andrew G. McCann, publisher.



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 tend to eschew stories published in other e-zines, as well as porno, gore, and ads from immigration lawyers). Because this e-mag is free and operates on a budget of $0.39 per annum, we can't afford to pay anything except the currency of free publicity and life-enhancing good vibes (of course, that and $2.50 will get you a double-tall cafe mocha with powdered mesquite ash, but it's still a buzz to see your name in print).

Story submissions: Send stories, poems, etc., as StuffIt- or ZipIt-compressed ASCII text files to Two submissions max at a time, please.

Illustration submissions: Send only one or two per story as separate, compressed, 16-color or 16-gray pict files to We're also open to cover ideas (ironic holiday, seasonal, or topical themes are best), but query first.



Planet is distributed pimarily in two electronic versions (text-only and fancy) and can be downloaded from the following sources, among others: