But it was pretty fantastic in its day, so let’s look at the coolest (and occasionally goofiest) parts of each issue! If you’d like to read along at home, the full run of Starlog is available over at the Internet Archive.
(It should be mentioned while the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who was going strong at the time, it is not referenced for the first few years of Starlog, because PBS didn’t start showing Doctor Who in America until 1978.)
1. News You Can Probably Use. Or Not.
The obligatory news-tidbits section is called “Log Entries: Latest News from the Worlds of Science Fiction,” and in addition to previewing upcoming movies such as Logan’s Run and Meteor, Star Trek conventions are also cropping up all over the place. The cover of the program for this Washington, D.C. con is just about the most awesomely 1976-looking thing ever.
2. Uhura Is (Mostly) Not Just a Pretty Face, and George Takei’s Time Warp.
The feature article, “Star Trek: Past, Present & Future,” included sidebars describing most of the major characters. (Chekov and Scotty get the shaft.) An argument could be made that the final sentence of this blurb about Uhura listed her qualities in order of least to most important, but of course that’s the kind of argument I’d make in 2013. Mustn’t be too judgmental of the past.
3. Random Images, In Living Color!
The real meat of the issue: color.
4. William Shatner, Dignified As Ever.
I’m instituting a new rule. The next time you do a William Shatner impression – and, really, you shouldn’t be doing William Shatner impressions anymore at all, ‘cuz they’ve been played out since 1976 – you have to do it while jumping like this.
5.Back Before He Was a Pasty British Guy.
From the Episode Guide. That Khan sounds like an interesting character, huh?
6. Sexy (or “Uncharacteristic Tranquilly Sensous”) Filler.
Being the first issue, Starlog didn’t have any advertisers or classifieds just yet, so they filled the back pages with Star Trek-related puzzles and word games. Supply your caption in the comments! (And keep it clean, please.)