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Stardate, Fan Produced Star Trek News Magazine

Updated on July 9, 2015

Stardate with William Shatner on the Cover back in 1976

This is the Special Star Trek Anniversary Issue  of Stardate, the fan-produced Star Trek News Magazine for the year 1976.
This is the Special Star Trek Anniversary Issue of Stardate, the fan-produced Star Trek News Magazine for the year 1976.

STARDATE the Coolest Magazine for Star Trek Fans

STARDATE was published bimonthly by Sacramento Valley S.T.A.R. Back in the 1970s it was one of the coolest must have magazines for a real Star Trek fan, and boy was I a fan. People might ask why Star Trek, indeed? If you're of a fanatical turn of mind, there are plenty of other subjects to snag you attention especially in the mid-1970s ... you had radical politics, or far-our religions, for example. Even if you prefer the specialized realm of Science fiction in film, back in the 1970s there were plenty of other movies and TV programs to adsorb ones interest: 2001, The Bionic Woman, and even, please help us, Space: 1999.

Well, first off, there was the production value. Gene Roddenberry is several kinds of a genius, and not the least of his talents lies in assembling a good production team. Everyone from the script director to the assistant camera man is a skilled expert. Fans are quick to pick up on this; in how many other TV productions do the admirers know the names of the productions staff members’ right down to the stunt man? Rarely has a TV program had such an excellent production team, and the audience to appreciate it!


STARDATE, The Fan-Produced STAR TREK News Magazine.

The back cover of STARDATE 1976 Anniversary Issue

The back covers of STARDATE 1976 Anniversary Issue with great artwork and attention to details. This artwork is about the episode "Miri" showing the young Kim Darby and William Shatner.
The back covers of STARDATE 1976 Anniversary Issue with great artwork and attention to details. This artwork is about the episode "Miri" showing the young Kim Darby and William Shatner.

Great Talent can be said of the Actors in Star Trek

Great talent can be said of the actors in Star Trek the original episodes. The credits of Nimoy, Shatner, Kelley, and Doohan are too well known to be gone into here; suffice it to say that Roddenberry knew how to pick a fine staff or regulars. Even the extras were professionally top-drawer! It is clear that Coon and Roddenberry knew not only how and where to pick fine actors, but also how to get the best possible performance out of them.]

Kirk and his Wife in the Episode The Paradise Syndrome

More great artwork inside the front cover of STARDATE,  the special Star Trek Anniversary Issue...  This is from the episode "The Paradise Syndrome" which aired in  the year 1968. Kirks Indian wife was named Miramanee, the actress Sabrina Scharf.
More great artwork inside the front cover of STARDATE, the special Star Trek Anniversary Issue... This is from the episode "The Paradise Syndrome" which aired in the year 1968. Kirks Indian wife was named Miramanee, the actress Sabrina Scharf.

Roddenberry hunted up good Science Fiction Authors

As we all know Roddenberry knew enough about Science Fiction to hunt up good professionals Science Fiction authors to write his scripts. Harlan Ellison and John D.F. Black were Science Fiction writers, who specialize in film script writing, but who would have expected such work from Theodore Sturgeon who is not a film script writer, and had, to the best of my knowledge, never written any script before “Shore Leave” and “Amok Time”? Certainly one big reason for Star Trek’s success is the unusually high quality of its scripts; with worst of them such as “Spock’s Brain” and “Omega Glory” are literate and well-structured. I cannot think of any American TV series and I am not counting such special imports as “The Six Wives of Henry VIII or Elizabeth R that can boast of such constant scrip quality in the 1960s era of Television writers.

Here is some great Artwork of Mr. Spock in STARDATE.

More remarkable fan made artwork from the 1976 STARDATE special Star Trek Anniversary issue. The Fan-Produced Star Trek news magazine.
More remarkable fan made artwork from the 1976 STARDATE special Star Trek Anniversary issue. The Fan-Produced Star Trek news magazine.

STAR TREK did have Underlying Ideas, not standard Cliches

The difference between STAR TREK and other TV series really becomes noticeable when we began to look at underlying ideas inherent in the series. First of all, STAR TREK really did have some underlying ideas, not just TV standard cliches. It depicts a future society with some refreshingly advanced basic assumptions: all intelligent beings are equal and bigotry of any kind is despised, all new societies are to be approached with respect and peaceful intentions, all societies have equal rights to their own chosen directions of development, and war is an abhorrent last resort rather than a common tool of politics.

Great Artwork showing Dr. McCoy working on a Problem

Here is another fan made work of art in the pages of STARDATE the fan produced STAR TREK news magazine in 1976. This shows Dr. McCoy working on a problem.
Here is another fan made work of art in the pages of STARDATE the fan produced STAR TREK news magazine in 1976. This shows Dr. McCoy working on a problem.

Roddenberry has made an Incredible jump into Future Thinking

The very idea that all are created equal and justice was universal could be the basic foundation of a vast star spanning society is extremely advance, even for mainstream Science Fiction in the 1960s. How many Science Fiction films and books and stories, even those that are rated high in quality by Science Fiction fans and writers, assume that future society will be just as ignorant, tyrannical and warlike as societies are today? Roddenberry has made an incredible jump into future thinking by insisting that civilizations can learn and grow and progress past such evils; the Star Trek view of the future is an amazingly optimistic and yet a realistic one.

STARDATE Dedication, On Star Trek's Tenth Anniversary

STAR TREK has become part of American Folklore - that is a simple fact.
STAR TREK has become part of American Folklore - that is a simple fact.

Enterprise is a Federation Space Ship of a Galactic Navy

Consider the Enterprise is a Federation warship, the equivalent as Gene Roddenberry often pointed out of a big Navy battleship of today. James T. Kirk is a 22nd Century Navy Captain, and his crew are all navy, i.e., military personnel. Remember that the military and particularly the navy has always been the most socially and politically conservative group in any society. Yet the crew of the Enterprise act and think like the better class of liberals today!

A very Cool AD in STARDATE about Kelly Freas Artwork

No mere posters, these superb prints are of you favorite stars almost there in the flesh.
No mere posters, these superb prints are of you favorite stars almost there in the flesh.

Progressive and Optimistic Thinking is a big part of Star Trek

This progressive and optimistic thinking becomes even more noticeable in the specific ideas that each script deals with. Individual episodes wrestle with some amazing concepts: When is war needed to solve a conflict? (“Private Little War”) Under what conditions is it right to change someone else’s society? (“The Apple”, “Return of The Archons”) How lenient can you afford to be with an enemy? (“The Lights of Zetar”, “Arena”) Just how much difference is there between a child and an adult? (Miri” “And The Children Shall Lead”, “The Squire of Gothos”, “Charlie X”) What is the nature of true love? (“Metamorphosis”, “Is There in Truth No Beauty”) What is the essential difference between a person and a machine? (“Requiem for Methuselah", “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”) … And so on. Star Trek scripts wrestle with some amazingly big ideas – bigger than you will find in most Science fiction films.

The Type Set and attention to Details is Great in STARDATE

The attention to details is seen in the type set and in the details in STARDATE. This magazine was made by fans that really cared about the show and you can see it in the guilty of the magazine.
The attention to details is seen in the type set and in the details in STARDATE. This magazine was made by fans that really cared about the show and you can see it in the guilty of the magazine.

Roddenberry’s Attitude is that Future will have People like Us,

Finally we get into the area of characterizations, where the difference really stands out. Look carefully at the Star Trek characters, regulars and one – shots: they are all complex yet understandable, interesting blends of desirable and undesirable characteristics, deep-minded and broad-minded and essentially (as Spock would put it) logical in their behavior patterns. Most Science Fiction film characters simply are not nice people, while the Star Trek characters are generally admirable characters. Roddenberry’s basic attitude seems to be that future Humanity will be people like us, only better – a little wiser, a little gentler, a little more open-minded, a little more willing to regard each other with respect and even love – and this shows constantly in the interactions of the characters throughout the entire series.

STARDATE November 1976, Uhura on the Cover

STARDATE Produced by Sacramento Valley S.T.A.R. November 1976, a non-profit, Star Trek fan organization. the magazine was printed by AJD Graphics.  There are only around 15 know copies of the this issue left in existence. This one has Communication o
STARDATE Produced by Sacramento Valley S.T.A.R. November 1976, a non-profit, Star Trek fan organization. the magazine was printed by AJD Graphics. There are only around 15 know copies of the this issue left in existence. This one has Communication o

STARDATE Produced by Sacramento Valley S.T.A.R. November 1976, with Uhura on the Cover

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Like the Actors the Star Trek Fans area Rare and Priceless Gems

The deep friendship between Kirk and Spock and McCoy, for example, is a rare and priceless gem among literary relationships – particularly in Science Fiction, and especially in Science Fiction filmdom. I think it is this, more than any other element, which has inspired the tremendous outpouring of unusually high quality STAR TREK fan literature that has so surprised the industry and so delighted Ballantine Books. Could you imagine anyone getting this seriously involved with the personalities of the Science Fiction television show from the early 1970s “Space 1999” the citizens of the Moon that are called the Alphans? That would take a tremendous amount of work!

Rare Never before see Photos are Inside Every STARDATE

This is a an amazing photo of Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk in a deep and reflective mood.
This is a an amazing photo of Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk in a deep and reflective mood.

STAR TREK’s Appeal lies in its Hopeful Picture of the Future

In the end, besides the rare quality of the production, acting and scripts, I think that the root of STAR TREK’s appeal lies in its thoughtful and hopeful picture of the future. It shows us a civilization that is not only technologically buy socially advance, populated by intelligent, free p minded people. It is a splendid vision of tomorrow, and I think we would all like to live there.

STARDATE was Published Bimonthy in the 1970s

Stardate November 1976 Edited By Caroline Long, and Don Jarmaillo, Published by Sacramento Valley S.T.A.R. Brinted by A. J. Deamaretz.
Stardate November 1976 Edited By Caroline Long, and Don Jarmaillo, Published by Sacramento Valley S.T.A.R. Brinted by A. J. Deamaretz.

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