STARLOG Magazine Archived for Free

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When I was 12 years old, the hunt for new issues of this magazine was the goddamn Holy Grail.

HERE.

Via i09: The whole thing is searchable, so you can see exactly what people were saying about your favorite shows and movies (and sometimes books) back in the day. And even though it’s free, you can always make a donation to the Internet Archive to support all their work preserving our digital heritage. [via Darren Werschler]

Starlog was a monthly science-fiction film magazine published by Starlog Group Inc. The magazine was created by publishers Kerry O’Quinn and Norman Jacobs. O’Quinn was the magazine’s editor while Jacobs ran the business side of things, dealing with typesetters, engravers and printers. They got their start in publishing creating a soap opera magazine. In the mid-1970s, O’Quinn and high school friend David Houston talked about creating a magazine that would cover science fiction films and television programs.

O’Quinn came up the idea of publishing a one-time only magazine on the Star Trek phenomenon. Houston’s editorial assistant Kirsten Russell suggested that they include an episode guide to all three seasons of the show, interviews with the cast and previously unpublished photographs. During this brainstorming session many questions were raised, most notably legal issues. Houston contacted Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry with the intention of interviewing him for the magazine. Once they got his approval, O’Quinn and Jacobs proceeded to put together the magazine but Paramount Studios, who owned Star Trek, wanted a minimum royalty that was greater than their projected net receipts and the project was shelved. O’Quinn realized that they could create a magazine that only featured Star Trek content but without it being the focus and therefore getting around the royalties issue. He also realized that this could be the science fiction magazine he and Houston had talked about. Many titles for it were suggested, including Fantastic Films and Starflight before Starlog was chosen. (Fantastic Films was later used as the title of a competing science fiction magazine published by Blake Publishing.)

To keep costs down, Starlog was initially a quarterly magazine with the first issue being published on August 1976. The issue sold out and this encouraged O’Quinn and Jacobs to publish a magazine every six weeks instead of quarterly. O’Quinn was the magazine’s first editor with Houston taking over for a year and then replaced by Howard Zimmerman when Houston was promoted to the “Hollywood Bureau.” Zimmerman was eventually succeeded by David McDonnell.

One of the magazine’s milestones was its 100th issue, published on November 1985 and featured who they thought were the 100 most important people in science fiction. This included exclusive interviews with John Carpenter, Peter Cushing, George Lucas, Leonard Nimoy, and Gene Roddenberry. The magazine’s 200th issue repeated the format of the 100th issue but this time interviewed such notable artists as Arthur C. Clarke, Tim Burton, William Gibson, Gale Anne Hurd, and Terry Gilliam. Starlog was one of the first publications to report on the development of the first Star Wars movie, and it also followed the development of what was to eventually become Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The magazine was devoted to science fiction films, television series, and books. Many fans of this long-running magazine considered its heyday to have been the 1980s with very little substance to the content in later years and many of its long-time contributors having since moved on. But it continued to boast some top-flight genre journalists, including film historians Will Murray, Jean-Marc Lofficier and Tom Weaver. It was one of the longest-running and most popular publications of its type.

It published its 30th Anniversary issue in 2006. On Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at approximately 11 a.m. a warehouse, operated by Kable News, in Oregon, Illinois containing back issues of Starlog and Fangoria burned to the ground.

Thanks to Mike Maginnis for his contributions to this collection.
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Yes. Nostalgia is death. But oh, the stories I could tell about hunting for this magazine… Maybe I will…

(and yeah, I’m going to finish my piece on Gerry Anderson REAL soon)

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RIP Harold Ramis

The Mighty Ramis on the metaphor of Ground Hog Day.

Obit from The Chicago Tribune.

Thank you and Godspeed, man.

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SECRET THIRTEEN MIX 107 – ERNESTAS SADAU

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THE AUTHOR OF THE MIX IS ERNESTAS SADAUNIKAS (B. 1984), A LITHUANIAN DJ, PROMOTER AND MASTER CHEF BASED IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. SADAUNIKAS HAS BEEN BUILDING HIS MUSICAL IDENTITY UNDER ERNESTAS SADAU AND DAUSA PSEUDONYMS FOR OVER A DECADE NOW. INFLUENCED BY THE EARLY AUTECHRE, PRODIGY, APHEX TWIN PRODUCTION AND HIS PARENTS’ VAST RECORD COLLECTION, WHICH INCLUDES MUSIC RANGING FROM THE DOORS TO DONNA SUMMER, SADAUNIKAS BEGAN A FRUITFUL DJ CAREER. AVOIDING ANY STYLISTIC FRAMES HE PRESENTS AN ECLECTIC DJ SETS THAT VARY BETWEEN STRICT TECHNO, SMOOTH JAZZ, ROCK AND VARIOUS EXPERIMENTATIONS. SADAUNIKAS SHARED A STAGE WITH SUCH HONORABLE MUSICIANS AS FENNESZ, MURCOF, APPARAT, PETER VAN HOESEN AND MANY OTHERS. IN 2006 HE JOINED LITHUANIAN MINIMAL TECHNO COMMUNITY MINIMAL.LT AND BECAME AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF IT. HE IS ALSO A FOUNDER OF “SŪPYNĖS” (ENG. “SWINGS”), ONE OF THE BIGGEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE BALTIC STATES. HOWEVER, LATER HE LEFT MINIMAL.LT AND STARTED TO FOCUS MORE ON HIS FUTURE PROJECTS. HIS NEWEST IMPRINT DIGITAL TSUNAMI SPECIALIZES IN ORGANISING PARTIES IN LONDON AND PUBLISHING SUBTLE DANCE MUSIC COMPILATIONS. HE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF DJ DUO GLARK N GLARK AND SOMETIMES SELECTS MUSIC FOR FASHION SHOWS.

RIGHT-CLICK AND SAVE A COPY OF ERNESTAS SADAU MIX

“SECRET THIRTEEN MIX 107” IS A DELICATE AND VARIED MUSIC SELECTION THAT MIRRORS ITS AUTHOR’S DAILY INTIMATE SURROUNDINGS AND REVEALS SOME OF HIS FAVOURITE RECORDS THAT MADE AN ESSENTIAL IMPACT TO HIM AS AN ARTIST AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL. WHILE COMPILING THIS MIX SADAUNIKAS WAS INFLUENCED BY FEMME FATALES, MYSTICISM, SEX AND, MOST IMPORTANT, HIS OBSESSION WITH FOOD MAKING. THIS MIX IS ALSO A REMINISCENCE OF HIS EARLIER SELECTION “CABERNET SAUVIGNON” THAT WAS MEANT TO BE LISTENED NEAR A GLASS OF NOBLE RED WINE. IN THIS MIX SADAUNINKAS BALANCES FROM SUBTLY SEDUCTIVE EMOTIONS AND HAPPENINGS TO SURREAL AND GLOOMY MOODS. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUSICAL NARRATIVE IS DELIBERATE, PATIENT AND CONTINUOUS. THIS SMOOTHLY SHIFTING SELECTION PERFECTLY EXPLORES COHERENT CONNECTION AMONG DIFFERENT MUSIC STYLES, PERIODS AND MEANINGS BEHIND THE WORKS. THE MIX CONTAINS 12 SOLID AND HIGH-QUALITY RECORDS THAT WERE RELEASED BETWEEN 1972 AND 2012. CHARACTERISTIC COMPOSITIONS BY SUCH RESPECTABLE MUSICIANS AS JON HASSELL, COIL, AUTECHRE, AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE, ALICE COLTRANE AND OTHERS SIMPLY DISCONNECT THE LISTENER FROM THE SHINY AND HYPOCRITICAL WORLD AND OPEN A MORE SCENIC HORIZONS DEEP IN THE SUBCONSCIOUSNESS. THE CONTROVERSIAL ENERGY, STRANGE PASSION, WISDOM AND VARIOUS MELANCHOLIA EXPRESSIONS THAT WERE TRANSMITTED FROM THESE PROFESSIONALLY PERFORMED AND QUALITATIVELY RECORDED TRACKS SHOULD INSPIRE AND LEAVE NO APATHETIC. SADAUNIKAS EXPLAINS THAT THIS MIX IS HIS “ONE EARLY MORNING’S EXPRESSION OF EGOISM THAT ENDED WITH AN EJACULATION”. FINALLY, IT IS LIKE A SPECIFIC GILBERT HSIAO’S ABSTRACT WORK “SLIPSTREAM” WHERE ELEGANT AND UNUSUAL SHAPE DECORATED WITH GRADUALLY TRANSFORMING LINES CREATES AN ARTISTIC MIRAGE THAT REQUIRES OPEN IMAGINATION AND ART EXPERIENCE TO FULLY ABSORB IT.

via @johncoulthart 

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Yes I Am And Always Will Be A Total ヤマト Freak And You Can’t Cure Me

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Curiosity Sees Earth and Moon From Mars | Video

The Curiosity rover on Mars captured imagery of the brightest object in its evening twilight sky, our own Earth and moon, on January 31, 2014. The rover has been at the Dingo Gap, inside the Gale Crater, on Mars this week. It captured these images on Sol 529, that is, the rover’s 529th day on Mars. Just think … everything we know is within that little dot, seen as a “star” from the planet just next door.

Via Earth/Sky.org

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

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The Stones — Paint it Black

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