(written from a Production point of view)
|Published:||August 1976-April 2009|
|No. of issues:||374|
|Editor(s):||Robert Greenberger, others|
Starlog was a monthly print magazine devoted to science fiction film and television and was conceived in 1976 by Norman Jacobs and Kerry O'Quinn. David Houston, who came up with the concept with O'Quinn, became an editor for the magazine as well as a contributor with numerous articles and interviews. Originally published under the imprint "O'Quin Studios, Inc.", it was later accommodated in "Starlog Press" as the founders started to bring more publications into the mix, starting in 1979 with the horror/fantasy orientated magazine Fangoria. According to the web-master of The Starlog Project, their original intent was to put out a one-shot magazine covering Star Trek: The Original Series. On the urging of their distributor the magazine was enhanced with articles about other genre productions to make it appealing to a more general public. Still, its first issue, dated August 1976, featured The Original Series on its cover and over the years the magazine remained Star Trek heavy with frequently published Star Trek-related articles, features and interviews. Given the founder's original intention and the fact that it was launched shortly before its conception, coverage of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was particularly heavy.
The formula caught on with the readership, and within two years the magazine was upgraded from a quarterly magazine to a monthly magazine. Apart from being one of the earliest specific genre publications, Starlog has also been one of the longest running, outliving its contemporary Cinefantastique by three years.
As with the other publications of Starlog Press, Starlog, where its behind-the-scenes features were concerned, was notable for the reproduction of production material (quite often made available by the production staff themselves), rarely seen afterwards.
In April 2009, Starlog decided to temporarily discontinue publication of the magazine in a print format with its most recent issue (#374), choosing to go exclusively into digital format at "Starlog.com". When that site shut down, contents were accommodated on the website of its sister publication Fangoria.
(This list is currently incomplete.)
As stated, Starlog has been very heavy on Star Trek throughout its entire run. However in many cases, content was restricted to short editorials, reviews and announcements. Listed below are those issues that contained larger and more in-depth articles and interviews.
|1, August 1976|
|2, November 1976||
|3, January 1977||
|6, June 1977|
|12, March 1978||
|17, October 1978|
|25, August 1979||
|27, October 1979|
|30, January 1980|
|32, March 1980|
|47, June 1981||
|106, May 1986||
|107, June 1986|
|112, November 1986||
|132, July 1988|
|146, September 1989||