The Indices

PLEASE NOTE: none of the books have been added to the indexing yet.  Please give the contents page images for the Omni Books of Science Fiction and Other Omni Books a glance if you can’t find what you are looking for in the indexes themselves.

Omni Magazine was published between 1978 and 1995, and it is fondly remembered by many people.  For some background, see this article from 1979.  It has it’s own Facebook page, Wikipedia entry, and many web sites dedicated to keeping the memory of its colourful, eclectic and sometimes downright strange content alive.  What it has never had, to my knowledge, is a complete index.  These pages will attempt to remedy that lack.

The indices on this website were created by scanning the table of contents of each issue of Omni and using OCR to recognise the text. Scripts written in Python were then used to reorganise the text into the layout that you see on these pages. It is more than likely that there are some errors: characters that were not recognised properly, or artefacts caused the formatting process. If you see something that you think is wrong, drop me a line.

Some entries are not complete, particularly the Continuum sections and graphics credits.

14 responses to “The Indices

  1. I’m very grateful to you for putting together this site: I spent a good hour last night searching through it for articles that I wanted to revisit from my youth, and rediscover new ones. So thanks a million for all your work.

    I was convinced – until last night! – that I read an interview in OMNI, many years ago, with Julian Jaynes, author of ‘The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind’ – but I can’t find this on your site.

    Am I mistaken?

  2. There some mention (not particularly flattering) of Jayne’s work in the article “Finding God in the three pound universe” by David Porush (Omni Oct. 1993, p.60). I can’t locate any specific interviews, but such a thing might have been bundled into a Continuum piece, and thus would not appear on the contents pages. Detailed indexing of all the Continuum pieces may happen one day, but due to the extremely manual nature of the task, it will not be done anytime soon (sorry, too many competing projects).

  3. there was a brief moment in time when OMNI magazine published a small set of audio tapes as audio dramas. They were excellent though short-lived. Are they still in existence? I remember one of the stories being titled, Think a Thought.

    • Sorry for the slow response, I’ve been on leave and I have a huge backlog to catch up with. According to Plot Spot, there were four episodes in the “Omni Audio Experience” cassette series. “Think A Thought” by Ken Nordeen was in the last tape. I believe that Plot Spot has the tapes available for listening, but I am in the office and cannot test this right now. URL: http://otrplotspot.com/miscellaneousShows.html#omni

  4. Hello. Does anyone know where I can find the January 1985 OMNI article about the psychic kids of China? I was told it existed by Drunvalo Melchizedek,

  5. I am trying to find an Omni story about a booby trapped apartment/holding cell that was used as an execution chamber. Almost no one survived because the apartment was deceptive. I believe that the character in the story was electrocuted when a sign flashed “Not Guilty” and he tried to leave the room.

    • I think that the story you are looking for is “In the Hereafter Hilton” by Bob Shaw. It was published in the September 1980 edition. ISFDB indicates that it was republished a few times. At the end the protagonist, Renfrew, receives a lethal does of poison when he tries to leave the room.

  6. I am looking for a short story about future pregnancy where women are constantly monitored and one woman kind of goes nuts about it and ends up having her fetus taken away.

    • That one does not ring any bells. I’ll do a bit of digging, but it may not be an Omni story. Do you have any other context – approximate date, any details about artwork that you recall?

  7. Hi, I’m trying to locate a short story about bugs (antish) that grew larger, based on the environment they are in. The queen had psionic powers that also became stronger depending on her size.

    I think they start out in a small box or something, but as they multiply, the protagonist moves them into larger and larger containers (and they grow larger and larger). Finally at the end, he trips and they get released into environment, including the queen.

  8. awesome, thanks!

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