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Thursday, December 04, 2014
At Flashbak: The Five Best Starlog Covers (And the Three Worst)
My new list at Flashbak considers the five best Starlog covers, and the three worst ones.
the Internet Age, sci-fi geeks had to get their information about upcoming
genre entertainment the old fashioned way: from print magazines, sold at the
local newsstand, or delivered to your mail-box via monthly subscription.
1976 to 2009, Starlog Magazine – more
than three decades -- reported extensively on the world of science fiction
television, movies, and literature. The mag featured columns by “The Trouble
with Tribbles” author David Gerrold (first “State of the Art,” then
“Rumblings,” and then “Soaring.”) Starlog also featured David Hirsch’s
detailed and informative updates about the world of Gerry Anderson (“Space
Report,”) in particular, behind-the-scenes information on Space: 1999(1975 –
magazine featured great retrospectives from the likes of great writers such as Lee
Goldberg and Jean-Marc Lofficier, and interviews from the meticulous film
scholar, Tom Weaver.
Starlog also grew up at the same time I did, and at exactly
the right time, covering the release of Star Wars, and the post-Star
Wars boom that brought us Alien (1979), The Black Hole (1979), Meteor
(1979), Moonraker (1979), and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
As a kid who grew up in the seventies and eighties,
I remember the rush of discovering a new issue of Starlog, whether at a vendor location (mine was at the Englishtown
Flea Market in N.J.), or in the mail.It
was always a thrill to see the cover of the magazine, and find out -- at a
glance – what magical entertainments were impending.
With that thought in mind, here are five of my
selections for the best Starlog Magazine covers from the span 1976 – 2009, as
well as those for the three worst."