Alpha Log (Space:1999 newsletter)

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Zine
Title: Alpha Log
Publisher: the Springfield Space: 1999 Club
Editor(s): Chris Landry
Type:
Date(s): 1977-1979
Frequency: every two months
Medium: print
Fandom: Space: 1999
Language: English
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Alpha Log is a gen Space: 1999 newsletter. There are at least sixteen issues, many of which have been scanned here.

Issue 1

Alpha Log 1 was published in May/June 1977.

Issue 2

Alpha Log 2 was published in July/Aug 1977.

Issue 3

Alpha Log 3 was published in Sept/Oct 1977.

  • Space: 1999 on ABC
  • Star Wars
  • Story: "The Civil and the Savage"
  • "Seeds of Doubt"
  • Barbara Bain
  • Collectocon VI

Issue 4

Alpha Log 4 was published in Nov/Dec 1977.

  • Landry goes CRAZY
  • ITC Update
  • Story: "The Future is Not So Far Behind" part one
  • "Cornucopia"
  • Club Anniversary

Issue 5

Alpha Log 5 was published in Jan/Feb 1978.

  • National Con Set
  • I, Claudius
  • Story: "The Future is Not So Far Behind" part two
  • "Endgame"
  • Local Reruns

Issue 6

Alpha Log 6 was published in March/April 1978 and contains 14 pages.

first page of issue #6

"Welcome to a very special issue of ALPHA LOG. This issue is dedicated to a recent event in Springfield called THE SCIENCE FICTION SPACE HAPPENING II. The Springfield Space: 1999 Club played an active role in this happening. I was fortunate enough to talk to four of the prominent celebrities attending the program. Interviews will be included in the next two issues of ALPHA LOG."

  • information about "Collectocon VII" (a collectables convention at the Highpoint Motor Inn, Chicopee, MA)
  • Science Fiction Space Happening II
  • Nick Tate Comedy
  • "The Possessed" (a review of the Space: 1999 animated episodes featured in the Charlton magazines)
  • Boston Exchange
  • an interview with Frederick Pohl (five pages)
  • an interview with Philip Jose Farmer (four pages)
  • Future Events, "This is a review of the events presented in future history seen in the Space: 1999 Warner calendar over the next two months"
  • club happenings


Issue 7

Alpha Log 7 was published in May/June 1978 and contains 14 pages.

first page of issue #7
  • SpaceCon Update
  • a local member of The Springfield Space: 1999 Club was the winner of a contest and had a small part in the Superman movie, an all expense paid trip to the offices of D.C. Comics in New York; the member (Ed Finneran) gives his account of the experience on the movie set
  • interview with Nat Segaloff (conducted at The Science Fiction Space Happening II which took place in March) (four pages)
  • interview with John Wallace Spencer (conducted at "The Science Fiction Space Happening" II which took place in March) (four pages)
  • Story: "The Inhuman Sacrifice" by Edward Finneran
  • "E Pluribus Unum" (a review of an animated issue in Charlton magazine)
  • a word find


Issue 8

Alpha Log 8 was published in July/August 1978 and contains 13 pages.

first page of issue #8
  • an announcement for Pioneer One: "This will be a joint effort between 'The Springfield SPACE: 1999 Club' and "The Star Trek Club of Springfield'. Guest speakers, science fiction films, and a costume party are planned for the two day event (October 21–22). A dealer's room is also being set up."
  • an interview with Isaac Asimov where he starts off by saying Space: 1999 "was not one of my favorites, no," and comments about the rising number of women writing in science fiction: "When I first started, science fiction was purely masculine in its makeup. And now women have come along, and as in every field which they evade, they prove themselves to be at the very least, the equal of men. And this is good, for goodness sakes. It doubles the brain power of the human race. Without increasing the numbers at all. And I myself would like to see women with equal opportunities to men in every damn field in the world. That would increase my chances of meeting women, too. Right?"
  • Future Events, see a previous issue for description
  • a short story called "The Luck of the Alphans" by Terri Woodworth
  • a list of known Space: 1999 fan clubs
  • a review of "Mind of the Snark" (an animated issue in Charlton magazine)
  • word search
  • sale of back issues


Issue 9

first page of issue #9

Alpha Log 9 was published in Sept/Oct 1978 and contains 18 pages.


Issue 10

Alpha Log 10 was published in Nov/Dec 1978 and contains 18 pages.

first page of issue #10
  • there is an announcement for SpaceCon
  • an excerpt of what Isaac Asimov thinks of intelligent life on other planets
  • a short story called "The Adaptoids" by Ed Finneran
  • this issue contains a fair amount of art
  • a word find
  • a review of the animated episode "Spores"


Issue 11/12

Alpha Log 11/12 was published in Jan/Feb 1979 and contains 34 pages.

first page of issue #11/12
  • an interview with Robert Thurston
  • an interview with Ben Bova
  • an interview with James P. Hogan
  • a poem by Alice Kimanski
  • a short story called "Alien Spectres" by Rebecca Eisenburth
  • some art by Lisa Mack, Jeff Patterson and Becky Eisenbuth
  • some photos from "Science Fiction Space Happening 3" convention
  • a review of the animated episode "Dawn of Extinction"


Issue 13

Alpha Log 13 was published in was published in March/Apr 1979 and contains 26 pages.

first page of issue #13
  • an interview with Robert Adams
  • an interview with Janet Hunt
  • a poem by Rebecca Eisenhuth
  • art by Felix Amador, Stephen Hellweg, Jeff Patterson
  • a short story called "Test Flight" by Jeff Patterson
  • a review of the animated episode "The Lonely Emperor"


Issue 14

Alpha Log 14 was published in June/July 1979 and contains 20 pages.

first page of issue #14
  • contains 30 pages
  • this issue is all about SpaceCon 2
  • photos
  • an interview with Nick Tate
  • an interview with Anton Phillips
  • a review of the animated episode "Class Determination: Alien Insecta"


Issue 15

Alpha Log 15 was published in Aug/Sept 1979 and contains 17 pages.

first page of issue #15
  • the results of the reader survey that was mailed out with issue #13 (readers liked the fiction and art the best, then the interviews, but didn't like the poetry...)
  • an interview with Prentis Hancock
  • a short story/satire called "Irrational Chicken Scratch" by Jeff Patterson which is a self insertion and RPF using members of the club as characters
  • a report of the show being shown in Italy, along with funny translated titles
  • a greeting from Isaac Asimov
  • art by Jeff Patterson, Becky Eisenhuth, Steve Poleri, Gouhei Shinpo, and Seiichi Sogabe
  • a review of the animated episode "Another Name for Hell"


Issue 16

Alpha Log 16 was published in Oct/Dec 1979 and contains 20 pages.

first page of issue #16
  • an interview with David Hirsch
  • an article by Nick Tate about what he's up to
  • an announcement that the third "The International Space: 1999 Alliance," a convention, has been scheduled for July 25–27, 1980 in Columbus, Ohio
  • a short story, "The Ultimate Dorcon, part one" by Jeff Patterson
  • art by Felix Amador, Mark Valentine, Jeff Patterson
  • a review of the animated episode "The Strange Ones"