And the magazine prints its postal statement of ownership and circulation this issue: The paid circulation for the issue closest to the statement's filing deadline is listed as 108,970 (down nearly a third from the previous year), including the number of paid subscriptions of 18,550 (down very slightly from last time).
68 pages (including covers)
Cover price: $2.50
The rundown: Kerry O'Quinn turns over his From the Bridge column to a reader, who relates his troubled childhood and how his interest in science fiction saved him; Communications letters include feedback on the Heavy Metal movie, reaction to O'Quinn's "imagine there's no god" editorial, an open letter to George Lucas, and more; short news items in Log Entries include a preview of the cave-man film Quest for Fire, a gallery in New Jersey that showcased SF and fantasy paintings, the Rocky Horror Picture Show sequel Shock Treatment, news that Nicholas Meyer has been selected to direct Star Trek II, a box office report on the summer genre films, and more.
"But is there a real tenth planet out beyond the orbit of Pluto? Peculiarities in the motion of Uranus led to the successful search for Neptune, and, in turn, peculiarities in the motion of Neptune motivated the search for Pluto. But it now turns out that Pluto is much too tiny to affect the motion of any of its neighbors in any significant way. So if there really are peculiarities in the motions of Neptune and Uranus, and the presence of Pluto can't explain them, are there perhaps planets beyond?"
--Dr. Joseph Veverka, scientist and writer, "The Tenth Planet"To view previous Starlog issue descriptions, click on "Starlog Internet Archive Project" in the keywords below.