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.

40 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:

  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!

  9. I’m having difficulty locating a fictional short story in OMNI about a professor about to lose his funding who needed to prove the worth of his department. I think he was a sociologist. Anyway, to me, was a fascinating coverage of the power of social networks (a big topic these days!). In the end, he reorganized a social group of ladies to the point that they became much more than the knitting club(?) from which they began. Sorry, have no real details to help, but think it’s from the late 70’s to mid-80’s.

  10. Hello Melodie and WOW!!! Thanks for all of your work. What a joy to be able to see these images from my childhood. :-) I have a brain test for you…
    Do you remember an interview article in which was described an electrical device which could “inject” audio directly into a person’s acoustic nervous system, allowing the person to “hear” without an audible sound. It required two electrodes applied to the skin, and was described in good detail. I’m sure it was an interview, and it was (probably) 2-3 paragraphs on the left hand side page, 1st or 2nd column of the article. Any help you could give locating this article would be great.
    Thanks again for your time… p.s. It was NOT in Issue #2 (True Bionic Man) and concerning Cochlear implants… I already found that article. :-)

    • I’m sorry, this rings no bells for me. Do you recall anything else about the issue? Other articles, anything about the artwork, anything I can use to “triangulate” as it were.

  11. Hello Melodie. I’ve got one for you. I remember a short story about a couple who found that time would stop (or maybe slow down a lot) for everyone except them, as long as they were touching in a specific place (I want to say a loft bed in an apartment). They would use the effect to study more for tests, or recover from a hangover, but I think they end up breaking up and losing the effect. Does it ring any bells?

  12. Hi Melodie: I am trying to find an article about an unusual Japanese art form in which a 3-dimensional sculpture is created which hold two “images” at once, depending upon whether it is viewed from the front, or rotated 90 degrees and viewed from the side. Do you recall such a feature piece?

    • I’m afraid I don’t think I can help with this one. The only two “folded paper” articles that I can think of are the folded paper plane from April 1984 and the bit on Masahiro Chatani’s cut and fold architectural models from September 1989. Neither matches your description.

  13. I am looking for a PDF copy of the October 1981 contest results for “Medium Rare”. I have been searching high and low for these results as I believe my Late Great Grandfather was a winner in this contest. Please help with how I can get this info, It is not in the Internet Archives.

  14. guystronomy

    Hi Melodie….I’m hoping you can help me find a story. Pretty sure I read it in Omni. The story took place on a prisoner transport a few years in the future. I think they were taking a prisoner to The Hague for trial on a TAV. It was either a guard or a prosecutor trying to determine if he was the scientist who had created a virus that decimated the earth and was designed to only kill non whites. I think the faction the prisoner was from were called bio nazis. I absolutely remember a mention of funeral pyres in India that could be seen from space. God that story freaked me out. Never forgot it and would like to read it again.

    • I don’t remember this, and it is resisting my normal search techniques. Can you remember anything else? Character names, approximate date, what the artwork was like? Any clue will help.

  15. I remember a story about a boy with psychic abilities who used his gift to cruel purposes. There was a Twilight Zone episode something like that, but the story I’m thinking of was different. I remember one scene in particular: The boy is walking and talking with a peer-age girl (cousin?) somewhere on a farm. They pass a pig pen, and the boy turns one of the pigs into a giant piggy bank. He takes some coins from his pocket and places them inside the slot on the bank’s back. He then turns the bank back into a living pig, which then, of course, suffers terrible pain from the coins now embedded in its body. The boy commits this act utterly without conscience, he’s almost cavalier about it, and the girl barely reacts. I can’t remember if this was a commentary on the basic lack of moral guilt and empathy in children, but it certainly points to something like that. I keep thinking that I read this story in OMNI, but I might be wrong. Does this ring any bells with you?

  16. I’d like to read Harlan Ellison’s Mefisto in Onyx which appeared in Omni of October 1993, as it was published in the magazine. Can you help me Melodie?

  17. I am trying to find an article on polyneopeptides & their use as a last measure cancer cure. I believe I read this article in Omni at the end of 1981…

    • I’m afraid that doesn’t ring any bells, and a quick search isn’t bringing it up for me. Can you provide any other information?

  18. Hi. I’m looking for a “Last Word” article from (likely the first half of 1986 or late 1985 about a “tunnel through the center of the earth” as a convenient way to travel from America to China. The article mentioned that if you drilled straight down from “Pekin” (Beijing now), you would not come out in America but in a place in Argentina near the town of Choele Choel. I remember laughing about this since I am from Argentina and I have relatives in Choele Choel. I’d appreciate if you could try and find this article and refer me to any available copy on the net. Thanks a bunch.

  19. I was looking for a cartoon that showed 2 men in lab coats holding clipboards with bins and conveyor belts in the background. The text was something like “Our research has shown that right about here our product quits being food.”

  20. I’m looking for a short story set in a future where the environment has collapsed. The opening paragraphs relate the protagonist’s story of his mother (?) or wife (?) who was “lucky” enough to die quickly in a subway or train accident before the onset of societal collapse.

  21. I’m looking for a short fiction set in a future where the environment has collapsed. In the opening paragraphs, the protagonist describes the death of his mother (?) or wife (?) in a subway or train accident and describes how “lucky” she was to have died quickly before the world fell apart and society collapsed.

    • Not ringing any bells. Can you provide any other detail – even a guess of what year you read it, or what the associated artwork looked like?

  22. I found it! WOOHOO! I had the details a bit scrambled, but it was “Apres Moi” by Gardner Dozois, published in the November 1990 issue. Hope you enjoy it as well.

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