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Planet Magazine, Volume 2, Number 1; March 1995 (Issue Number 5)


Editor & Publisher
Andrew G. McCann

Assistant Editor
Doug Houston

Cover Illustration "Sprr'Ing is Here!"
by Romeo Esparrago
(Drawn on a Performa 578, using Painter and an ArtZ ADB tablet. This work was chosen to be featured in Mario Henri Chakkour's book
"Painting With Computers", 1996, Rockport Publishers, ISBN 1-56496-212-1. You can find it in the Showcase section, page 59, titled "PM5 Cover".)



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 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. We guess that total circulation is something like 400 per issue. 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 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 We prefer unpublished SF, fantasy, horror, poetry, humor, etc., by beginning or little-known writers (we tend to eschew stories published in other e-zines, as well as porno, gore,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 autobiographies by celebrity look- alikes). 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 $14 will get your nose pierced at a street fair, but it's still a snort of self- esteem powder 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 (holiday, seasonal, or topical themes are best), but query first.



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