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Starburst Zine Vol 1 No. 3 May 1978
littlesue
I recently acquired a copy of Starburst Vol 1 No 3 from a local boot sale.
This magazine premiered the same year as our fave programme B7. So what does it have to say about the new series from the Beeb?
Well, I haven’t got Vol. 1 No. 1, and Vol 1 No. 2 doesn’t mention it (well it was printed in March).
But No. 3…well, let’s have a look….
Oh, a word from the editor...nothing.
Contents list...nothing.
From page 5 to page 29 there is nothing but articles about the big films of the day, Close Encounters, Alien, Star Wars, Superman....
Page 10…Things to come (in the TV and film world.) Nothing.
Page 13, Martian Chronicles…
Page 16...Quark
Page 18 Harrison Ford (in some film called Star Wars)
Page 29...oh my god! They’ve got book reviews and B7 is there, the first book! Yay!!
Review says: The novelisation of Terry Nation’s BBC TV series is pure space opera, though enjoyable, as it carries the story of Roj Blake through to the formation of his Seven after his first blow against the Federation. Sphere deserve an award for their hard-sell, with a cover line on this book of “From the publishers of Star Wars”.
Well…it’s a start!!
Page 30…Starburst letters.
Yay.. B7 is mentioned by Richard Gladman, and F Dean. Well done chaps.
Then Sci fi films a history of and then Logan’s Run…wait a minute…
Logan versus Blake???
The article says:
Blake’s 7 is a very much a simple story; the bad guys are in control of a large sector of the galaxy, and the good guys have broken free and are now trying to dent the forces of the wicked powers. Despite the high hopes of producer David Maloney (“Everything that happens, every situation, every set, must be accepted as being possible, if not probable”), the series is not too far removed from the playground sets and shaky production of Doctor Who. There also seems to be a slight allusion to the Star Trek mood and setting, but by being a BBC TV studio production the show is doomed to pantomime backgrounds and theatrical portrayals.
Within its own sphere, there is really nothing wrong with the Dr Who series – the absurdity arises when B7 tries hard not to be on the same production level as Dr Who.
Creator and solo writer Terry Nation’s scripts are, on some consideration, not really too bad – the ideas and intentions are actually quite good, but the series should have been written for production on film rather than the limitations of video and static camera work.
Another Star Trek it isn’t – another Dr Who it could be.
They then discuss Logan’s Run the TV series which was cancelled, by then, in the US.
The article continues...
Here we have a reverse situation from B7 – Logan’s Run scripts are terrible yet the special effects are very good and the production goes out into real sunlight and shoots the whole thing on film.
They then discuss D C Fontana who was behind Logan. They reckon that she has burnt herself out after Star Trek.
So what do the writers prefer?
“Logan’s Run is, perhaps, preferable to B7 - but then madness is preferable to smugness.”

And then we end with Close Encounters Behind the scenes.

Okay, it’s not much, but B7 got a mention in the third issue. I bet the editors of the Starburst never imagined that 40 years later us fans would still be here and loving B7 even more!!!!

PS, I wonder what Vol 1 No 4 will have in it?
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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briggsy1
As Mr.Spock mighy say "fascinating stuff".
 
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Well now...
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Grade Four Ignorant
This is the same Starburst who, from memory, initially denounced Alien as B-Movie guff.
 
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