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Summer-Fall 1977. Source:
Alternative title: Starship
Issue Details: First known date: 1963... 1963 Algol : The Magazine About Science Fiction
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Published by Andrew Porter between 1963 and 1984, Algol tied for a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1974 with Richard E. Geis' Science Fiction Review. In all the fanzine received five other Hugo nominations (1973, 1975, 1976, and 1981). Initially a two-page publication printed by spirit duplicator, Porter expanded the number of pages rapidly, moving to offset covers, then eventually adding mimeographed contents. Its 16th issue was a fully printed publication, and with issue 24 the zine was given a full color cover. At its peak Algol's circulation was around 7,000.

Over the years the columnists included Ted White, Richard A. Lupoff, Susan Wood, Vincent Di Fate, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Joe Sanders and Bhob Stewart. Other contributors included A. Bertram Chandler.

In 1979 Porter changed the name of the zine to Starship.


  • ALGOL (short for ALGOrithmic Language) is a family of imperative computer programming languages originally developed in the mid-1950s which greatly influenced many other languages. It was the standard method for algorithm description used by the ACM in textbooks and academic sources for more than thirty years ('ALGOL,' Wikipedia)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1963

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ISSN: 0002-5364
Initially semiannual, then three issues per annum.
v. 1-16, no. 1 (no. 1-33); 1963-winter 1978/79.
Continued by:
Starship v. 16, no. 2-v. 20, no. 1 (no. 34-44 ); spring 1979-winter 1983-84.
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