'Course, instead of King Size I could say "Double Issue"! Not only is Planetary Stories packed with stories and features, we also have our new sister mag, Wonderlust for your enjoyment. Whatever we call it, there's a lot!
Well, to state the obvious, "We're back!" The new and -- I hope you'll agree! -- Improved version of Planetary Stories. I'm sure you'll approve of the stories -- got lots of 'em! -- and illos (lots of them, too!) and (fanfare of trumpets) now presented in columns! (Except for some features, such as this!)
I've been wanting to use columns for some time, since the old pulps were formatted with columns, but was warned they were very difficult.
They were right!
But, thanks to Jerry Robinette, not as difficult as they might have been. Jerry suggested a program he had developed which bypasses Front Page Express. I approved of the bypass, and started studying instructions he sent me. Took a lo-o-ong time to get some really very simple instructions thru my thick head, but -- as you can see, it worked!
CAUTION: I've designed each page so's the bottom of one column is supposed -- supposed! -- to end at the bottom of your computer screen and then you just look up to the right and there's the top of the next column. As I lay it out, it looked great. . .then I put it online.
Also, the columns are supposed -- supposed!-- to be of equal length. Yeah. Well, nobody's perfect. . .least of all, me! But (except for some Features) it is in double columns.
As you may have noticed, the Page Numbers refer to the pages of the story, not the pages of the magazine. In the procedure I'm following, I thought that would be best.
HELP!!! I would like to have justified edges. Checked out HTML online and found there are commands that will do that -- but they don't work with either Netscape or sone of the other systems. That is, they work in some but not in others. Therefore, as my readers vary on what they use, it would be a mess for some. Does anyone know a system that will work for everyone's computer???
If anyone wants to know, the new logo is not an indication I am improving with my lettering skills; far from it! Instead, it's the result of my fiddling with Photoshop and my scanner. Took quite a while to get it just the way I wanted it! (Who's that in the background muttering that I should fiddle with my writing skills more?
Added a new feature: CONTEST. Better check it out.
Gerald Page has been my source of inspiration for this,
along with other contributors as well. As I said, I strongly suggest you check it out!
Another momentous addition is our companion magazine, Wonderlust,
devoted to fantasy. Already have several stories for it, but feel free to send more! By email, please. Prefer short stories, under 5,000 words -- but (another new feature or attribute) we are now carrying serials. Or, as in this issue, Two-Parters in the same issue.
Now, don't think I'm letting you off the hook! I still want to hear from you readers; now more than ever! It's vital that you let us know how we're doing! I might add, vital to both my sanity as well as the continuation of this magazine! In fact, we now have a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Having troubles with the Neomail we had been using.)