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Wha-a-at? Issue number 3? THREE??? Just shows you that ANYthing is possible!

Now, we're still stumbling about, finding our way, searching for Our Look, I guess you could say. Last ish, we ran a novel -- and, that is the last one! I learned a lot in doing it, but the formatting was murder! (Actually, I think I could do it again with much less trouble, having Learned Something from doing it. But, on the other hand, I don't want to test my luck! Might have other novels, but they will be run as serials!)

BUT --


Got lots of letters on Issue Number One, but few on Number Two. How else am I going to tell which direction to go? With this issue, it is MORE important, as thish is an experimental one; I'm trying a more fannish slant, including not only fan fiction where the author uses a parody of sf to make his point (as in Fine Print) but also fa-a-an fiction, where fannishness itself os the driving force (as in The Mighty Mimeo.) And a piece that is more from the old Doc Savage pulps than sf, in Wilfred of London.

SO --

Let us know what you think. Should Planetary Stories continue in this direction? Should we have more fan fiction? Fa-a-an fiction? Pulp fiction?

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It's amazing how little I know about putting this stuff together. I mean, I have been using a computer for a long, l-o-n-g time. Way back when MetLife first put computers in our offices, I found out how to fiddle with their computer presentations to make them show what I wanted propspects to see. Also, I wrote and wrote and wrote, learned to play games, got online, did email, even, recently, learned to do online publishing (with a minimal understanding of html!) and prepare PDFs to attach to email.


I know next to nothing about computers! Kinda like what they say about our brain, that we only use 10% of it; I might (if you stretch things a bit) have a vague knowledge of 10% of my computer's capability! Like, I made a big effort getting together the first fanzine PDF -- and it wasn't hard at all! That is, once I found out what I was doing. . . . And it often happens that someone will be trying to tell me how to do something, and they start with: "All you have to do is. . . ." and that's as far as I can follow!

(I'll think of something!) Look at the box over the story, "Spectre of Space". That is the end result of over four hours of work! First thing I did was make the box in WordPerfect. The box was the key to the whole thing; I wanted a heavy box around it and couldn't do it in Front Page Express. (Now watch -- half of you know an easy way to do it in FPX that I wasn't aware of! Like I said above. . . .) ANYway, after doing that I scanned it and, in Photoshop, put color to it to blend with the pulp background I use.That's when the fun began! The way Photoshop works, you touch a wand to the area you want to color, then use the paint bucket to dump in the selected color. Great for big areas, but then there was the text! Enclosed letters (o, p, q, d, even m and n and don't forget a, and there's the enclosed portion of e, and on and on) showed up nice and white! I started using the wand on the enclosed letters (zoomed in close, so I was only working on a short portion of two lines) and then the paint bucket. . .but that was taking too long, with all the repetition. So I started Painting the colors in. (Again, there are probably lots of you saying, "But why didn't you--?" Pass them tips in!)

Then, after way more than an hour (could have been over three hours; I wasn't keeping score) I came up with the approach I should have taken first! In much under an hour, I was thru. The prize is for whoever can tell me how I did it! The clues are all there. (For that matter, most of you probably have already figgered it out!)}