Planet: "The Only Online Zine Edited by Nonhuman Supermodels"

Planet Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 2; June 1995 (this is the sixth issue)


Editor & Publisher
Andrew G. McCann (

Assistant Editor
Doug Houston (

Cover Artist
Romeo Esparrago (
Cover title: "Anomalocaris surfaces in Beach Blanket Babylon Hell!"
Tools: Mac Performa 578, Painter, a Wacom ArtZ tablet, and some orange juice. Background: Anomalocaris (weird shrimp), the monster/killer/predator of the Cambrian seas (~530 million years ago). Apologies to Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, and the video "Muscle Beach Party."



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. And 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, Sir John's Pub 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 500 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 We prefer unpublished SF, fantasy, horror, poetry, humor, etc., by beginning or little-known writers (we tend to eschew stories published in other e-zines, as well as porno, gore,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 monographs of occult lore). Because this e-mag is free and operates on a budget of $0.77 per annum, we can't afford to pay anything except the currency of free publicity and life-enhancing good vibes (of course, that and $1.25 will get you a bed for the night on the F train, but it's still a shot of ego juice to see your name in print).

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

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



Planet is distributed in three electronic versions -- text- only (readable by Windows or Macintosh, using a word- processing program), Acrobat PDF (full-color version readable by Windows or Mac, using the free, downloadable Acrobat Reader), and DOCmaker (full-color version with sounds, readable by Mac only; needs no other software). Some of these files may be compressed with StuffIt (a .sit file); you'll need StuffIt Expander, or similar, to decompress them. This zine can be downloaded from the following sources, among others: