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Past controversies in the pages of Starlog have often included much huffing and puffing, angry words, broken friendships, much tears and shattered glass (well, you get the point). But the controversy over whether the character of Spock should be killed off in the new Star Trek movie is of a different sort; it's a matter of story integrity, studio money, and emotional bonds fans had built toward the character over the previous decade and a half. David Gerrold dives right into it this month in his column, and he does a great job of exploring the meaning and implications of such a move.
The rundown: Harrison Ford's Blade Runner character, Rick Deckard, is once again gracing the cover of Starlog, but this time, unlike issue #52's cover, the photo isn't blurry (moody, yes); the foldout inside front cover features a full-page photo and a two-page blueprint of The Altares, a spaceship from Gerry' Anderson's The Day After Tomorrow (by Martin J. Bower and Stephen Corbett); Kerry O'Quinn's From the Bridge discusses overcoming your own doubts so you can pursue your dreams; Communications letters include an Australian's thoughts on Star Trek, support for Bjo Trimble's pro-space columns, a comic strip by Ken Montgomery, a contrarian view of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more; short news items in Log Entries include Atari's new games, Obi-Wan Kenobi will be in Revenge (yes, still Revenge) of the Jedi, people working on space colonization, William Shatner (Hooker) and Leslie Nielsen (Police Squad) are headed to television, and more; and Barbara Krasnoff pens a Spotlight page devoted to the Robotorium store in Manhattan.
"It was Ridley's vision ultimately that we were serving. I think it's terrific and important that Philip K. Dick likes the end result -- I mean it's his baby. Without him there's none of this. This is where it comes from. It's terrific that he was happy, but he really gave me much more credit than I deserve."
--David Peoples, screenwriter, interviewed by James Van Hise: "The Blade Runner Screenwriters: Hampton Fancher and David Peoples"To view previous Starlog issue descriptions, click on "Starlog Internet Archive Project" in the keywords below.