Starburst (magazine)

Editor Jordan Royce
Categories Science fiction
First issue November 1, 1977 (1977-11-01)
Company Starburst Magazine Limited
Country United Kingdom
Based in Manchester
Language English
ISSN 0955-114X
OCLC number 79615651

Starburst is a British science fiction magazine published by Starburst Publishing Limited. The magazine is published monthly, with additional news and reviews being published daily on the website.



Starburst was launched in December 1977 by editor Dez Skinn with his own company Starburst Publishing Ltd. The name Starburst was settled on after rejecting other names, including Starfall, as Skinn considered it too negative.[1] Starburst was then purchased by Marvel for publication of issue 4 onwards, as part of deal whereby Skin was put in charge of the UK comic reprints division.

Marvel eventually put the title up for sale and it was bought by Visual Imagination and published by them from issue 88 (1985).

Starburst's review sections were edited by writers and reviewers such as Alan Jones (films) and David J. Howe (books), and, for several years, the magazine also carried a column by the writer John Brosnan. Its television review column, "TV Zone", was used as the title of its sister publication TV Zone.

The magazine's publication was put on hold due to Visual Imagination folding in early 2009, having reached issue #365. An online only version of the magazine existed following this closure. It returned to print by Starburst Magazine Ltd in February 2012 with issue #374.


Over its history, Starburst has been edited by the following people:


In early 2011 Starburst Magazine Ltd announced that Starburst would resume publication as an online magazine. Original creator Dez Skinn is the Honorary Editor-In-Chief. The first online issue (#366) was released on May 14, 2011, and carried an editorial by Dez Skinn.[2] Starburst re-entered print in February 2012 with issue 374.

Starburst RadioEdit

On 19 March 2011 Starburst magazine presented its first weekly radio show on Manchester Radio Online.[3] The show has since moved to Fab Radio International.[4] Presented by editors Jordan Royce and Martin Unsworth on Wednesday nights between 9-11pm, Starburst Radio deals with current genre news and reviews as well as featuring guest interviews and the always exciting "food news" section.

Starburst PodcastsEdit

Starburst Magazine also has the following Podcasts available from iTunes; Starburst Radio Podcast - The podcast of the Official Starburst Radio Show. The Blue Box Podcast - The Starburst Doctor Who podcast. Brave New Words - The Starburst Book and Graphic Novel podcast. TV Zone Plus - The podcast of the TV Zone column.

Starburst International Film FestivalEdit

From 26–28 August 2016 the first Starburst International Film Festival was held at Manchester Metropolitan Students Union Complex. Guests included Dez Skinn, Doug Naylor, Steve Pemberton, Toby Whithouse. The festival culminated in the Starburst Fantasy Awards 2016 on Sunday 28 August 2016 in which Doug Naylor won the Hall of Fame Award.


Starburst contains news, interviews, features and reviews of genre material in various media (including TV, film, soundtracks, multimedia, comics, books etc.). Paul Mount has resumed his "TV Zone" column[5] Jordan Royce has taken over the "It's Only a Movie" column previously penned by the late John Brosnan,[6] and the assistant editor, Martin Unsworth hosts the popular "Horror Obscura" column.