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The Inter*Stellars

The Inter*Stellars, which first debuted in February of 2001, allowed the Starman Team to release information regarding the Starman books to their audience. The team had gathered a great deal of interesting background material concerning the series: how the books are written, where the science in the series originated, information about the background to our stories, short stories regarding events pertaining to the Starman Series, and much more. Thanks to the Inter*Stellars, this information could be released for the enjoyment of our readers.

 

Some of the regular features of the 48-page Inter*Stellars are:

Starlight
Comments from Michael D. Cooper about the series. In the first issue, we talk about how the three members of the team write the books and what our “message” is. A summary of this statement is at the end of this letter.

Stardust 
Tidbits of information we hope will be of interest to fans and customers of the Starman series. Included in the first issue is information on how Mike Dodd built a real land-sailer, used it, and described it minutely before it appeared in Assault On Mars; and how David Baumann stages the series’ fight scenes in a karate class he teaches before writing about them in the books.

From the Starman Appendix 
Excerpts from Michael D. Cooper’s working files. We have many working files from which we draw when drafting the stories. In the first issue, we describe how buildings are constructed on Mars.

StellarGrams 
Letters and other correspondence. 

Short Stories 
There are several Starman episodes that can be put into roughly 20-page short stories. They will appear in the Inter*Stellars. In the first issue, there is a story called, “The Flight of the Olympia.”

 


Current Issues Available

 

Picture of Inter*Stellar #1Issue #1 (Feb. 2001): This issue discusses the Starman message, details the finances of the Starman series, explains how the Starman team writes the Starman books, and more! The story in this issue is the Flight of the Olympia, which takes place in Richard Starlight's childhood and centers around an ill-fated voyage to Mars.

Issue #1 is currently available, and costs $7 postpaid. All money raised from its sales will go toward the expenses involved in producing the Starman books.

 

Picture of Inter*Stellar #2Issue #2 (July 2001): This issue discusses real people incorporated into the Starman Series, reveals what it takes to bind the Assault on Mars books, explains how current science is worked into the Starman Series, and more! The story in this issue is The City of Dust, which focuses on the origin of the Wind People of Mars and takes place during the great Collapse of the 2060's.

Issue #2 is currently available, and costs $7 postpaid. All money raised from its sales will go toward the expenses involved in producing the Starman books.
 

Picture of Inter*Stellar #3Issue #3 (March 2002): This issue discusses all sorts of things, including: a discussion of real people and places in the Starman Series, excerpts from our correspondence that shows the development of the series, Starman Appendix entries, and a complete timeline for the first four Starman books! The story in this issue is SETI, which focuses on the discovery of intelligent life on Titan and takes place shortly after the turn of the 22nd century.

Issue #3 is currently available, and costs $7 postpaid. All money raised from its sales will go toward the expenses involved in producing the Starman books.

 

Picture of Inter*Stellar #4Issue #4 (September 2002): This issue includes a review of the first Starman book: The Starmen, by Leigh Brackett, first published in Great Britain in 1954. Although there is no connection between this book and the current Starman series, the term common to both--Starmen--is intriguing. The first review of Descent Into Europa is shared and there is a lengthy article that discusses the process of writing a Starman book. A number of interesting tidbits of Starman information are shared (one of which is the redesigned cover art for Starman #3), as well as the Starman short story A Matter of Time, set in 2150!

Issue #4 is currently available, and costs $7 postpaid. All money raised from its sales will go toward the expenses involved in producing the Starman books.

 

Picture of Inter*Stellar #5Issue #5 (October 2002): This issue, which at 68 pages is roughly 50% longer than the previous four, is packed with everything from sales figures for the Starman Series to the lengthy short story Return to Europa (which is the first short story to feature the Starman!) to timelines of the short stories and the fifth Starman book and much, much more! Want to know the background of Joe Taylor or take a peek at the discussion the authors had regarding the Starmen's salary? It's all right here. The short story is a must for readers of the fifth Starman book, The Lost Race of Mars: in many ways it is a sequel to that book and could have been the book's last few chapters.

Issue #5 is currently available, and costs $7 postpaid. All money raised from its sales will go toward the expenses involved in producing the Starman books.

 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these issues, please check out our purchasing page for payment details! You can also view our printable order form which you can simply print out, fill out, and mail to us.

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