US Semiprozine (1963-1984) edited from New York by Andrew Porter, subtitled "The Magazine about Science Fiction". Algol began as a duplicated Fanzine but in the 1970s became an attractive printed magazine in letter-size format, published four times a year. With #34, Spring 1979, it changed its name to Starship; it ceased publication with #44, Winter/Spring 1984, its twentieth-anniversary issue.
Algol ran articles on sf and sf publishing, interviews with authors, and reviews and texts of speeches. Regular columnists included Vincent Di Fate (on sf artwork), Richard A Lupoff (on books), Frederik Pohl, and Susan Wood (on fanzines and books). Occasional contributors included Brian W Aldiss, Alfred Bester, Ursula K Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, Ted White and Jack Williamson. Algol, which shared the Hugo for Best Fanzine in 1974, was much more interesting than its sister publication, the monthly news magazine Science Fiction Chronicle, also edited by Porter, and which had grown out of Algol. The latter continued for many years after Starship ceased, the economics of magazine publishing meaning that it was the more ambitious and expensive publication that had to go. [PN/PR]
see also: Academic Journal.
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