A very long time ago, I saw a sci-fi story on a "Ranger Rick" magazine about a space explorer girl that arrives to a planet that has become a landfill (no spoilers here: it's Earth) and needs the help from a local alien to find spare parts for her ship.

I would appreciate the title and issue number.

  • How long ago is "a very long time"?
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    Jul 23, 2014 at 20:46
  • I was in school.
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    Aug 10, 2014 at 16:32
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This is Ranger Rick Magazine - September, 1990 (Volume 24, #9)

The Gazette offers the following review:

"There's a short story about a girl space explorer who lands on a planet that has been poisoned by mountains of garbage. The mutant creatures who live in the slimy, smelly caverns have the methane gas she needs to refuel her space pod. Of course, the planet turns out to be the one her ancestors abandoned years before - Earth"


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