Starlog Archives: Star Trek Past, Present and Future
The first issue of Starlog magazine was published in August of 1976. It was started by high school pals, Kerry O’Quinn and David Houston. They had kicked around the idea of a publication that would cover sci-fi movies and TV shows. Originally, O’Quinn pitched the idea of a one-time special that would deal exclusively with Star Trek. They contacted Trek creator Gene Roddenberry who agreed to be interviewed for the magazine. With Roddenberry’s blessing, the founders thought they were clear to proceed. But when Paramount caught wind of the project, they asked for royalty fees that exceeded the magazine’s profits. After shelving the project, O’Quinn revisited the idea of a quarterly magazine that would cover all of science fiction (with a heavy emphasis on Star Trek).
This is the cover story for the premiere issue. The issue sold out which lead to Starlog being published every six weeks instead of quarterly. Next week, we’ll look at the Collector’s Section referenced on the cover.