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The SF films of 1979 are previewed in this issue, so there are lots of short articles checking in on the movies, some of which have become classics today. The main place of pride on the cover, though, is given to the James Bond SF entry Moonraker, which is a classic of cheese, but not fantastic filmmaking.
David Gerrold's State of the Art discusses the coveted Hugo Award; David Hutchison displays some aliens' masks from the Star Trek movie; Richard Meyers interviews space artist Don Maitz, whose great paintings remind me of John Berkey's work; Interplanetary Excursions, Inc., visits "The Polar Dunes of Mars"; Gerry Anderson's Space Report answers readers' questions; Lem Pitkin previews Brave New World; Tom von McDonoughkin (I think we can assume that's a pseudonym) writes "Statues of the Gods," a von Daniken parody; Richard Meyers previews The Vortex; Berthe Roegger previews The Shape of Things to Come, the sequel/remake of Things to Come; the SFX section focuses on careers in special effects, with Paul Mandell looking at model animators; David Houston's Visions column looks at "The Science Fiction of Ayn Rand" and is illustrated by the great Boris Vallejo; and, last but not least, editor Howard Zimmerman's Lastword defends the inclusion in Starlog of articles on things besides SF films and TV productions.
"Show me a kid who wants to spend his allowance for a mask, a model, or a good SF magazine or movie, and I will show you a kid who is probably on the right track. An interest in science fiction doesn't automatically mean that a young person is brilliant or morally strong or creatively promising, but it does mean that the kid is attracted to excitement, adventure, imagination, and a positive attitude toward the future."
--Kerry O'Quinn, publisher, From the BridgeTo view previous Starlog Archive issues, click on "Starlog Internet Archive Project" in the keywords below.