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Planet Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4; December 1995 (this is the 8th issue)

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Editor & Publisher
Andrew G. McCann <>

Cover Artist
Romeo Esparrago <>

Cover Title:
"Encounter between Friedberg & Bad Nauheim"
-- On leave (during World War I), the Dread Baron meets the legendary Snow Giant of Germany, whilst flying above the wintry forest between the towns of Bad Nauheim & Friedberg. Neither the Dread Baron nor the Giant could foresee that many, many decades later, the two towns would be embroiled in a bitter dispute over the title of being the "Second Home of Elvis" .... Inspired by a photo of the Foker DR.1 triplane taken by David T. Okamura ( Tools: Mac Performa 578,Painter, Wacom ArtZ tablet, and lotsa cranberry juice.



Planet Magazine is a free electronic quarterly of short science fiction, fantasy, horror, poetry, and humor written by beginning or little-known writers (mostly), whom we hope to encourage in their pursuit of the perfect tale. 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.

Anyway, Planet is internationally distributed in electronic form (text and full-color versions) via the Worldwide Web, America Online, CompuServe, eWorld (eWho?), New York Mac Users Group (NYMUG) BBS, and Tentacled Cthulhu knows where else. We guess, based on nothing, that total circulation is something like 500-1,000 per issue worldwide. No one really knows. 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 an official 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



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