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10 classic, must-read issues of Starlog magazine from their free online archive

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Feb 24, 2015, 11:50 AM EST

Starlog Magazine is probably more responsible for promoting and cultivating fanboy culture in America than any other science-fiction entertainment publication.  Released during the original glory days of geekdom in the ‘70s and ‘80s by publishers Kerry O’Quinn and Norman Jacobs, it was the premier periodical for aspiring science-fiction writers, artists, filmmakers, historians, movie lovers, memorabilia collectors and avid purveyors of pop culture. 

Starting with the first flashy issue in 1976, its pages were crammed with colorful, well-researched articles and in-depth interviews from Hollywood sci-fi/fantasy films and TV favorites like Star Wars, Star Trek, Space: 1999, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, Blade Runner and much more. Sadly, Starlog’s bankruptcy and inevitable demise after 2008 came as a casualty of the shift to online-based entertainment news, the economic recession and the senseless slaughter of many monthly and quarterly magazines in the mid-2000s. 

But, cheer up: Now you can relive all those luxuriously lazy days when all you had to do was relax with your fresh new copy of Starlog and waste a couple hours immersed in what you loved best.  So far, 224 issues have been uploaded to the epic Starlog Magazine Internet Archive and are available to read for free.

As the winter months wane, we can think of no better way to spend an afternoon than perusing pages in the digital database of the Starlog Archive.  We’ve picked out ten must-read issues gathered from over the decades to get you started.