[thechat] AU comes through!

Hugh Blair hblair at hotfootmail.com
Fri Jun 21 02:08:01 CDT 2002

The newest thing to issue from AU is the Andromeda Spaceways
Inflight Magazine. http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/index.htm
I found it in my mailbox when I got home tonight. Wonderful.

"Sometime in May, 2001, in an thread on Eidolist. Robert Hoge made
this fateful comment:
'Given the choice of having quality writing in a magazine that
published twice a year on high-quality, heavy stock or having
quality fiction in a magazine that published four times a year
on stock that compared to Analog or Asimovs, I'd take the latter
option every time.'"

"This may be the first time that something like this has been
attempted -- certainly in Australia. If nothing else, we are
already being looked at as a model for how to run a geographically
distributed publishing venture. Time will tell if it all works,
but things are looking pretty good from here!"

I've just opened it - and stuff looks great so far.
The "Boarding Pass" has stuff like:

4. Payment for seats on Andromeda Spaceways(tm) flights in parallel
dimensions will not be considered valid in this dimension.

6. Passengers with mind-reading abilities...well, you know.

Please note that that there are sufficient escape pods for all
passengers*. Each pod is equipped with*:

-- Multispecies first-aid supplies.
-- A distress beacon with a battery half-life of 5,00 standard years.
-- Pornographic literature, to assist in passing the long hours
   before death or rescue

* Except where financial constraints dictate otherwise.

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