This month, Starlog publishes its annual postal statement of ownership and circulation. The total paid circulation for the issue closest to the statement's filing deadline is listed as 212,664 (down slightly from last year's 217,435), including the number of paid subscriptions of 8,747 (down significantly from 12,945 last time).
76 pages (including covers)
Cover price: $2.95
Editor David McDonnell's column in this issue is, perhaps oddly, one that I have always remembered and thought about when considering other magazines. He explains that magazine issues that are on sale in January don't sell as well as other issues throughout the year, despite various gimmicks the editors might deploy to try to gain newsstand buyers' attention. For the record, he also mentions the situation with the previous January's issue, #103, which – as I wrote in my description of the issue – featured the same Clan of the Cave Bear cover photo as Heavy Metal magazine, which went on sale weeks before Starlog.
#108, "The Other Marty McFly," and among those letter-writers is Back to the Future writer/producer Bob Gale; Medialog includes Jean Airey's brief chat with Doctor Who actor Colin Baker, plus David McDonnell's roundup of genre news (such as, oh, a reunion TV movie of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman).
"When [Roger] Newton reached manhood, he vowed to fight the kind of super-criminals who had killed his parents and who threatened the stability of the nine worlds. A brash redhead who wore a grey synthsilk zippersuit and a phaserlike proton-pistol at his hip, Captain Future – [publisher Leo] Margulis had ordered [Edmond] Hamilton to change the name from Mr. Future to the more romantic form in the middle of writing the first novel – was part scientist and part space cowboy."
–Will Murray, writer, "The Once & Future Captain"To view previous Starlog issue descriptions, click on "Starlog Internet Archive Project" in the keywords below or visit the Starlog Project's permanent home.