Not just a source for mail order rubber Spock ears
is a monthly entertainment magazine devoted to science fiction
media, with a heavy emphasize on TV shows and movies.
The first issue of Starlog
debuted August 1976 as a quarterly magazine. It had a Star Trek
episode guide, an interview with Gene Roddenberry
, a review of David Bowie
's odd ball The Man Who Fell to Earth
movie, a stunning behind-the-scenes look at The Bionic Woman
TV show, and a first peek at an exciting new sci fi series called Babylon F
... err I mean Space: 1999
Issue #2 did a larger feature on Space: 1999
and coined the phrase "Mysterious Unknown Force
" to describe the first season's habit of advancing episode plots in a rather disjointed manner with little explanation why things were happening. How could a nuclear explosion propel Moon Base Alpha
into another galaxy? Hrm... well "Mysterious Unknown Force", of course. In the vastness of space, how does this small dark moon
get noticed by so many space aliens? Hrm... well "Mysterious Unknown Force", of course. So move on, nothing to see here. Much like "Go To Statement Considered Harmful
's "Mysterious Unknown Force" quip has since been adopted by sci fi fans to poke fun at sci fi stories that make similar demands of readers or viewers.
The magazine is published by the Starlog
Group, based in New York
. The Starlog
Group publishes about 20 magazines in total, including Fangoria
and some bloody pro wrestling magazines, and grosses about $25 million a year.