I just had a flood in my house and my box with ALL issues of Sierra Newsletter and Interaction Magazine are completely destroyed. I’m not sure about the legality of it, but if it’s allowed and available…does anybody have PDFs of these magazines that I could get? I loved looking through them every few years and reflecting back on the good old days.
I also lost all my 5.25″ and 3.5″ floppy disks of Codename: Iceman, Gold Rush, Willy Bemish, all the Kings, Space, Police, and Hero’s Quest games, and tons of other old Sierra (and non-Sierra) games. Man, what a sad, sad day.
What tragic news, so sorry to hear of your loss!! We have archived every issue of Interaction and the Sierra Newsletters. The Interaction issues are being uploaded gradually. You can start downloading right here.
Your story invokes one of my most dreaded nightmares (behind being elected to Congress and one where I am in sun God robes while thousands of women throw little sliced pickles at me). Stick with us while we get the last of the InterAction issues uploaded.
As for the diskettes I’d put them in the oven. Turn your oven on to a low temperature (125 or so) and put the diskettes in there. Let them bake until they are dry. The same technique can be used on books that you get wet. They probably won’t ever work again but at least you’ll still have the physical media. The files themselves are available elsewhere ::cough, cough:: but I can’t help you there 😉
Good luck recovering. Let us know if we can do anything else to help you out.