Planet Magazine: "Cigars, Candy, Soda, Ice Cream, Gallium Arsenide"

Planet For Rent

Planet Magazine, Vol. 3, Nos. 1 & 2; January-June 1996 (the 9th & 10th issues combined)

Web page: <http://www.planetmag.com>

Editor & Publisher
Andrew G. McCann <editor@planetmag.com>

Cover Artist
Romeo Esparrago <public@romedome.com>

Cover Title:
-- Take a look inside Dolores' Hearts of Desire Sweets & Flowers Shop. She's got yummy sweets or scented floral arrangements for you. Or is it the other way around? (Equipment: Hand-sketched the floral arrangement & Dolores & heartboxes & horrorcandies, scanned them in, and then used Painter & Color-It! to add the final flourishes).



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 editor@planetmag.com.



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 We prefer unpublished SF, fantasy, horror, poetry, humor, etc., by beginning or little-known writers (we eschew stories published in other e-zines, as well as porno, gore, and Windows 95 testimonials). Because this e-mag is free and operates on a budget of $1.67 per annum, we can't afford to pay anything except the currency of free publicity and life-enhancing good vibes (that and $6.00 exactly will get you two packs of Marlboro Lights, a cup of joe, and a pack of Ding-Dongs in Brooklyn, but it's still food for the soul to see your name in print).

Story submissions: Send stories, poems, etc., as StuffIt- or ZipIt- compressed ASCII text files (preferably binhexed as well) to editor@planetmag.com. Two submissions max at a time, please.

Illustration submissions: Send only one or two illustrations per story as separate, stuffed and binhexed 16-color, 16-gray, or B&W pict files to editor@planetmag.com; query first.



Planet is distributed in three electronic versions -- text-only (readable by Windows or Macintosh or other, using a word-processing program), Acrobat PDF (full-color version readable by Windows or Mac or other, 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), as well as binhexed (.hqx); you'll need StuffIt Expander, or similar, to decompress them. This zine can be downloaded from the following sources, among others:

* On the WorldWide Web, visit <http://www.planetmag.com>. From Planet Magazine's home page, you can download any issue.

* The America Online Writer's Club Forum (keyword: WRITERS; the route is The Writer's Club: Writer's Club Libraries: Electronic Magazine Library), which carries all three versions. Also, AOL's Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum (keyword: SCIENCE FICTION; the path is Science Fiction & Fantasy: The Science Fiction Libraries: Member Fiction & Scripts Library). And in the Macworld software library on AOL (keyword: MACWORLD; check out the software library's new uploads section).

* The CompuServe Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum (go: SFLIT; look in the Science Fiction literature library). This library carries only the text version.

* The NYMUG BBS (New York Mac Users Group) carries the DOCmaker and PDF versions in its Electronic Pubs folder or its Science Fiction files in the New Uploads folder (this listing is just a plug for NYMUG).



Planet Magazine as a whole, including all text, design, and illustrations, is copyright (c) 1996 by Andrew G. McCann. However, all individual stories and poems in this magazine are copyright (c) 1996 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, along with every past issue of Planet Magazine, is registered with the Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress, as are the names "Planet," "Planet Magazine," and "McCann's Planet Magazine." You may freely distribute this magazine electronically on a non-commercial, 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 <editor@planetmag.com>. Any unauthorized access, reproduction, or transmission of Planet Magazine is strictly prohibited by law. Planet Magazine is published by Cranberry Street Press, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA, Andrew G. McCann, publisher.



Composed on a PowerMac 6100/66 using DOCmaker 4.6, Tex-Edit Plus 1.6.4, and Adobe Exchange 2.1. Text is 10 point Geneva and 12 point Helvetica; the logotypes are Times. Illustrations done in Color It! 3.0.5. This is "Planet 9 and 10 From Outer Space." *


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