Volume 12

October 1989 to September 1990

Vol.:No. YYYY:MM Page Title/Section Section/Description Author
12:01 1989:10 12 Omnibus Captain’s Log
12:01 1989:10 16 Communications Correspondence
12:01 1989:10 20 Space Japan’s Space Camps John Vacca
12:01 1989:10 24 Mind Intelligent Cells Linda Marsa
12:01 1989:10 26 Arts A Close Encounter with Vampirologist Anne Rice David Perry
12:01 1989:10 30 Artificial Intelligence NASA’s Smart Computers Robert Fleming
12:01 1989:10 32 Explorations The Adventures of a Teenage Indiana Jones M.J. Wilcove
12:01 1989:10 34 Body Bone Marrow Transplants Jeff Goldberg
12:01 1989:10 38 Books Science Fiction in Toronto Robert Brody
12:01 1989:10 41 Continuum IV Drug Users and AIDS, etc.
12:01 1989:10 8 2040: A Twenty-first-century Odyssey
12:01 1989:10 8 First Word Controlling Our Destiny Arthur C. Clarke
12:01 1989:10 18 Forum The End-of-the-Century Effect Marvin Cetron, Owen Davies
12:01 1989:10 50 City Scripts Tales from the Urban Centers of Tomorrow, According to Harrison Salisbury, Edmund White, Octavic Paz, Anthony Burgess, Paul Thero Studs Terkel, Manuel Puig, Chinu, Achebe, and 12 Others Marion Long
12:01 1989:10 66 Brainstorms The World’s Top Think Tanks Predict the:Future Douglas Starr
12:01 1989:10 86 The Shaping of Things to Come Pictorial: The Visionary Designs of Norman Bel Geddes Lawrence W. Speck
12:01 1989:10 112 Future Trends Necessary Information for Life in the Next Century Marvin Cetron, Owen Davies
12:01 1989:10 78 At the Rialto Fiction: Physics and Romance in Hollywood Connie Willis
12:01 1989:10 98 Interview Nobel Laureate Physicist Leon Lederman Dick Teresi
12:01 1989:10 121 Antimatter UFO Sighting Patterns, etc.
12:01 1989:10 162 Star Tech Spy Tools for the Year 2000 Judy Feldman
12:01 1989:10 164 Games The Number 11, plus Video Neuromancer Scot Morris, Bob Lindstrom
12:01 1989:10 168 Last Word Humor: Energy Alternatives Sean Kennedy
12:02 1989:11 6 First Word If we are what we eat, expect to be healthy and exotic in the next century. This world-famous Cajun chef sets the menu for the year 2000. Paul Prudhomme
12:02 1989:11 8 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:02 1989:11 10 Communications Readers’ writes.
12:02 1989:11 12 Forum So you had a dream that came true. How do you prove it, and who is going to believe you? Nina Guccione
12:02 1989:11 14 Stars The space probe that wouldn’t die. We haven’t heard the last from Voyager 2: Pluto may make news yet. Frederik Pohl
12:02 1989:11 16 Explorations Imagine racing across the Sahara, on foot, all your supplies strapped to your back, for seven days. Wouldn’t you want a therapist on your trail? Kevin McKinney
12:02 1989:11 22 Artificial Intelligence Experts at MIT are gaining ground in the AI race – their rodents have a great sense of direction. Fred Hapgood
12:02 1989:11 26 Mind Before you go in for your annual brain tune-up, find out just what contraptions are available to excite your neurons. Judith Hooper
12:02 1989:11 30 Space Superconductors may power future trains on Earth, but for Alvin Marks’s vision, we’ll need superconductors to drive his train and collect the tickets. Steve Nadis
12:02 1989:11 33 Continuum Folks don’t believe in ghosts until they encounter one; Mars may have already been colonized; unscrambling the mystery of a dinosaur egg; baboons who make monkeys out of human flirters.
12:02 1989:11 42 Life Is But A Dream Article. Close your eyes and we’ll lead you to a higher plane – discover your healer within, draw on the wisdom of your internal therapist, or simply relax in mental Utopias. Keith Harary, Pamela Weintraub
12:02 1989:11 54 Egg And Chips Fiction : Man’s Best Friends. Separated at birth – the story of a mechanical teddy bear and his childhood friend. Thomas M. Disch
12:02 1989:11 54 Leviathan Fiction: Visiting with mom is often unpleasant, especially aboard a spacecraft. Gregory Benford
12:02 1989:11 54 Lucky Fiction: A space bum and a feline cross paths. Who ends up in the catbird seat? Tom Dworetzky
12:02 1989:11 54 Mod Dogs Fiction: In this biting tale, the underdog has its day. Edward Bryant
12:02 1989:11 54 Faded Roses Fiction: What could become of the gorillas in our midst? Karen Joy Fowler
12:02 1989:11 67 Pictorial Each taxpayer laid out about $2.40 for Voyager’s journey; 118,000 photos later, scientists are calling it a real bargain. But was it worth the trip just to count moons and find out that our weather isn’t so bad? Sandy Fritz
12:02 1989:11 74 Twilight Zones Working out in our dreams is the only exercise some of us get. Yet today’s athletes rely on this rest period to supplement their training by reshaping their minds and bodies – you can, too. Jayne Gackenbach, Jane Bosveld
12:02 1989:11 80 Interview Computer guru Alan Kay shares his dreams of what – and why – we know. Dava Sobel
12:02 1989:11 89 Antimatter The Soviet search for E.T.’s, mind-expanding muesli, and other tales from the far side.
12:02 1989:11 102 Earth A lone ranger rides again. Why would anyone take on the Italians single-handedly just to protect a national park? Douglas Starr
12:02 1989:11 118 Games The IRS takes action due to a magician’s trick; a quiz puts your mind in gear. Scot Morris
12:02 1989:11 120 Video Scans The Genesis of video games is rewriting the history made by Nintendo. Bob Lindstrom
12:02 1989:11 124 Star Tech Future housewares. Jennifer Gilliland
12:02 1989:11 128 Last Word Waste not, want not. Tasteful recipes for the family pet. Russell Jones
12:02 1989:11 Insert The Omni Book of Dreams “The Sleep File,” by Joni Miller: Next time you dream of plunging to your death or soaring high above a forest, grab for your Omni collection of symbols. “Midnight Express,” by Bob Berger: A bus trek across the country reveals some unexpected nighttime stories. “Celebrity Vision,” by Judy Feldman: Jules Feiffer and other notables give us a glimpse of their sleep psyches. Edited by Tom Dworetzky
12:03 1989:12 6 First Word Can you will away your ills? Norman Cousins
12:03 1989:12 10 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:03 1989:12 12 Communications Readers’ writes.
12:03 1989:12 16 Forum Censors are trying to end what they see as Stephen King’s reign of terror. Howard Wornom
12:03 1989:12 20 Arts Pet rocks: With animals climbing the music charts, can grouper groupies be far behind? Eleanor Smith
12:03 1989:12 22 Space Cutting through the red tape: A joint Soviet/American venture could ignite more than a rocket. Peter Garrison
12:03 1989:12 24 Artificial Intelligence Cybernetic sleuths: Flatfoots step aside to make way for computer cops. Larry Kahaner
12:03 1989:12 28 Explorations There’s an uprising in the South, but this time it’s the dead. Our reporter explored the ghoulish claims – because inquiring minds want to know. Sherry Baker
12:03 1989:12 34 Body On an impulse: Surgeons get ahead on epilepsy research. Jonathan Partridge
12:03 1989:12 36 Stars Could your epitaph read STRUCK DOWN IN THE PRIME OF LIFE BY AN ASTEROID? Jane Bosveld
12:03 1989:12 38 Mind Stepchildren may suffer the same ordeals depicted in fairy tales. Heather Pringle
12:03 1989:12 41 Continuum Shouldn’t we have the right to choose, or refuse, our own health care? Lick the right toad, and everyone will look like a prince; the blob that ate the dinosaurs; wiggle your ears and smile – do you have an artist’s face?
12:03 1989:12 50 Phoenix Rising You can’t get answers without raising questions. The AIDS crisis has led not only to unprecedented procedures within the medical community; it has also accelerated the finding of causes and possible cures for other dread diseases. Linda Marsa
12:03 1989:12 60 Dr. Zodiac Your horoscope for today says you’re about to change your opinion of astrology. According to an eminent British astronomer, heavenly bodies above can influence the earthly beings below. Dava Sobel
12:03 1989:12 74 Family Fiction. Out of ashes: as civilization decays, and institutions crumble, a new order rises for the ties that bind. Joyce Carol Oates
12:03 1989:12 88 The Telltale Heart Pictorial. Art by Gil Bruvel Missing peace: A tale to mend your heart. Gil Bruvel
12:03 1989:12 94 Tomorrow’s Child Fiction: Desperate to save his dying daughter, a father puts his trust in an artefact that’s from outer space. Lisa Mason
12:03 1989:12 106 Interview Anthropologist James Schaefer studies the habits and rituals of his flourishing tribe, the all-American drinker. He’s even developing a guaranteed hangover remedy. A.J.S. Rayl
12:03 1989:12 114 The Magic Theater Interactive computer animation: There’s nothing quite like going home after a hard day’s work, climbing into your trusty DataSuit, and riding off into the sunset. Fred Hapgood
12:03 1989:12 121 Antimatter Blame it on the aliens: Resurrecting the cattle mutilation debate; chicken pox opens the door to the “other side.”
12:03 1989:12 138 Games Don’t get mad, get even – a numerical tic-tac-toe. It’s your turn: You won’t need to buy a vowel in Halphabets; just spin it around. Scot Morris
12:03 1989:12 140 Video Scans Top gun: Armed with little more than his joystick, Lindstrom took on this year’s computer and video games. Bob.Lindstrom
12:03 1989:12 142 Competition Name that goon: Poking fun at the expense of others. Scot Morris
12:03 1989:12 152 Star Tech Future transportation. Judy Feldman
12:03 1989:12 156 Last Word Gross anatomy: Alien integration will boost our egos by redefining ugly. Brent Butterworth
12:04 1990:01 8 First Word As we focus our attention on the democratic triumphs of other nations, we must remember our own battles. Are we witnessing a serious reversal of civil rights in America? Martin Luther King III
12:04 1990:01 10 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:04 1990:01 14 Communications Readers’ writes (our wrongs).
12:04 1990:01 18 Forum Children take a peek into the year 2050 and predict what their own kids’ lives will be like. Kevin McKinney
12:04 1990:01 22 Stars Astronomer Halton Arp proposes a theory that just may contradict some long-held beliefs. Is there room in science for innovation? T. A. Heppenheimer
12:04 1990:01 24 Space Austria will do anything, even windows, to build its space program. This tiny nation’s agency, headed up by Johannes Ortner, has big plans for space ventures. Brenda Forman
12:04 1990:01 26 Body Video technology has hit the operating room, but it’s being used inside the body to aid women and surgeons. Sherry Baker
12:04 1990:01 28 Artificial Intelligence Nobel laureate Arno Penzias asks how to make the most of, and suffer the least from, the future wave of technology. Robert Fleming
12:04 1990:01 32 Explorations Secrets locked in dinosaur remnants may cause the history of the birds and the bees to be rewritten. Don Lessem
12:04 1990:01 33 Continuum Is it possible to help someone with a severe psychological disorder when that person sees you as a part of the problem? New toilets could flood the market; taking the twinkle out of little stars; and how to give an alien a physical – without killing him.
12:04 1990:01 42 The Last Laugh? Who’s crying wolf? We know the end of the world is coming; we’ve been told so, many times, by seers from Nostradamus to Jeane Dixon. But with the new millennium upon us, prophecies are gaining tempo for the next Big Bang. Dick Teresi, Judith Hooper
12:04 1990:01 50 Fish Out Of Water Pictorial: What creature should go see a car mechanic instead of a veterinarian? What kind of underwater dwellers mate until, literally, death do them part? And which aquatic entity traps prey with its radiant beauty? Shari Rudavsky
12:04 1990:01 58 Interview What’s the purpose of life? Zoologist Richard Dawkins says it’s to allow our selfish genes to reproduce while merely using our bodies as disposable vessels. Thomas Bass
12:04 1990:01 62 Under The Influence New studies reveal that our likes and dislikes are not as deeply rooted in our environment as we had believed but rather in our genetic makeup. Melvin Konner
12:04 1990:01 66 Looking Down Fiction : Gods are what our tradition and necessity have made them, but how do they perceive us? This tale is a bird’s-eye view of a creature revered as a god, and his struggle to both reject and uphold this responsibility. Carol Emshwiller
12:04 1990:01 73 Antimatter Aliens seem to have a preference for landing on Soviet soil; a strong-armed guru can lift more than your spirits; exercising away those unwanted thoughts; and blood tests for New Age healers.
12:04 1990:01 96 The Great Omni Treasure Hunt Announcement Now you can unearth great treasures without getting dirt under your nails. Find out how.
12:04 1990:01 98 Games If you have a knack for creating bad puns, you may just win our fiftieth competition. Scot Morris
12:04 1990:01 102 Star Tech Whether you’re outdoors or inside, here are more gadgets to ease you into the future.
12:04 1990:01 104 Last Word If you’re single and you think you had problems finding a date for the New Year’s Eve party, just wait until the year 2000. Linda Sunshine
12:05 1990:02 10 First Word It’s said that everything is bigger in Texas, so where else would you expect to find the largest scientific instrument ever built? Nobel prize-winner Glashow explains how $6 billion and 20 trillion electron volts may teach us about the origin of the universe. Sheldon Lee Glashow
12:05 1990:02 14 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:05 1990:02 18 Communications Readers’ writes.
12:05 1990:02 22 Forum Do unexplained phenomena such as Bigfoot warrant investigation? What do our readers say? Justine Kaplan
12:05 1990:02 24 Mind Turn off the lights, please! Former LSD users are experiencing visual reruns that rival the worst’ of late-night television. Steve Nadis
12:05 1990:02 25 Stars There’s a severe storm watch predicted for this year. You can expect power outages but no rain: The only thing you’ll be saturated with is sun rays. Curt Wohleber
12:05 1990:02 26 Space New power systems could have you rocketing to Mars on flights departing from the moon. A one-way trip will take at least 30 days, and there’s no talk of a frequent-flier program. Jan Ziegler
12:05 1990:02 28 Artificial Intelligence Things they are a-changin’. After a good night’s sleep and pleasant dreams, your computer will be refreshed for the day’s work. R. Colin Johnson
12:05 1990:02 32 Explorations Crusading for the gods: A man with a mission, and a perverted mythology, is executing rituals from thousands of years ago. And he’s for hire, if you can track him down. Patrick Tierney
12:05 1990:02 33 Continuum Vienna woods: a tale of a childhood love that grew into a lifetime devotion. Will surgeons take extra time to bore their patients? Is that a golf ball in your pocket, or are you carrying a melon? A bran-new cereal without the cardboard taste.
12:05 1990:02 42 Get Smart: Controlling Chaos Could a state of disarray reflect a higher form of order? New research into chaos theory seems to indicate that the optimum level of brain functioning can be achieved from a chaotic state. Like the wind and white water, our minds find order in this seeming turbulence. Kathleen McAuliffe
12:05 1990:02 50 The Sadness Of Detail Fiction : Although hardly given the choice, a woman with a stale existence and a simple talent finds herself endowed with the ability to transform her future. The price she pays: knowledge. Jonathan Carroll
12:05 1990:02 58 Adventure Capital Tales of sunken ships that carried valuable cargo have spurred on many a treasure seeker. Today, with the aid of high-tech equipment, these ventures at sea-and capers on land-are proving very profitable for modern-day pirates. From Phoenix, Arizona, to the Philippine islands, much of the bounty remains unclaimed. Richard Broderick
12:05 1990:02 68 Drawing On Nature?s Design Pictorial . The apparent ease with which nature creates its living shapes has long been imitated by man-captured in oils and on film. And now, mathematics replaces the muse; the computer, the blank canvas. Rebecca Norris, Clifford Pickover
12:05 1990:02 74 Interview Nobel laureate David Hubel, with partner Torsten Wiesel, changed science’s view of how the brain processes visual signals. Among other things, Hubel’s work has led to a cure for certain kinds of blindness. Doug Stewart
12:05 1990:02 81 Antimatter Famed Marfa lights: Teardrop-shaped flames that vanish in the wink of an eye; it’s not only the French who enjoy munching on frogs’ legs; the strangest events of 1989; and belting unsympathetic men.
12:05 1990:02 113 The Fifth Annual Great Omni Treasure Hunt Dig through the pages of this issue to unearth heavenly, riches.
12:05 1990:02 118 Games Recipe for a folktale: Take an improbable story, repeat incessantly, and say it happened to someone you know personally. Scot Morris
12:05 1990:02 122 Star Tech Recycled and Earth-safe products to help our ailing planet. Judy Feldman
12:05 1990:02 124 Last Word Your socks are single, and you don’t even own a clothes dryer. And who hasn’t woken up cold because the blankets were wrappped around his partner? This month we expose these and other wonders. Tom Naughton
12:06 1990:03 8 First Word While in exile at the American embassy in Beijing, China’s top dissident speaks out against his country’s quashing of scientific thinking. China contends that original thought threatens its Communistic society. Fang Lizhi
12:06 1990:03 9 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:06 1990:03 14 Communications Readers’writes.
12:06 1990:03 18 Space Self-sufficiency was an important criterion in a recent housing-design contest; after all, the closest lumberyard or deli could be 250,000 miles away. Lloyd Chrein
12:06 1990:03 22 Mind Learn how to achieve an inner sense of psychological balance in just seven days. A team of six experts helped compile a week’s worth of simple exercises and techniques, such as deep breathing, balancing, and Zen dance movements that will put you on the path to a centered life. Mark Teich
12:06 1990:03 32 Earth Of course we care about the freedom of our neighbors in Eastern Europe and Amazon deforestation, but how can we put it in perspective when most of us don’t know where these places are? A new globe may help us view the planet as an entity, not as fragments. Steve Nadis
12:06 1990:03 33 Continuum Italian reporters, armed with their hot cappuccinos, prepare to cover a local news breaking story on the dinosaur extinction; striking up conversations with strangers could lead to a brawl; “My, what small headlights you have”; and before the one you love runs away, make sure he has an ID implanted in his shoulder. Melanie Menagh, et al.
12:06 1990:03 42 Masters Of The Universe Religious doctrines based on sacred Eastern philosophies and taught by inspired gurus are quietly transforming American culture. But will exploring the spiritual landscape make us too detached from our worldly land? Pamela Weintraub
12:06 1990:03 58 Great Balls Of Fire Pictorial. Has Josh Simpson lost his marbles? Could his beautiful glass spheres really be inhabited by intelligent life forms? Are his Tektite works of earthly origin? Kellee Monahan
12:06 1990:03 62 Road Warrior Our perambulatory journalist, searching for the energy force called ch’i, hit various martial arts classes across the country-and was hit back! Bob Berger
12:06 1990:03 74 Interview Anthropologist and Tewa Indian Alfonso Ortiz speaks on Native American beliefs that he thinks could heal the environment and revitalize society. Jane Bosveld
12:06 1990:03 80 The Power And The Passion Fiction: Mr. Soames loves his work. He believes in the righteousness of his assignments, tackling them as if he were on some kind of bizarre religious crusade. But in the end, can he justify his deadly actions? Pat Cadigan
12:06 1990:03 81 Antimatter Trick or treat: Now there’s psychological help (for those abducted by UFOs or spooked by ghosts), provided by a serious organization; get in touch with the intelligence of your body’s every cell; and near-death experiences aren’t always the close calls they’re made out to be.
12:06 1990:03 98 Games Illusions and trivia with paper money: A dollar won’t buy you much these days, but that won’t stop you from having fun with singles. Scot Morris
12:06 1990:03 102 Star Tech Innovative devices to make future life easier. Justine Kaplan
12:06 1990:03 104 Last Word Breeding a new race of household help that needs less care than goldfish and will never ask for weekends off. Neil Bennett
12:07 1990:04 8 First Word Impact II, a teachers’ network, is striving for both short- and long-term changes that could help our public schools flourish. Ellen Dempsey
12:07 1990:04 12 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:07 1990:04 14 Communications Readers’ writes.
12:07 1990:04 16 Forum Biochip implants help students organize their thoughts: What other changes in education can we expect to see over the next 50 years? Gurney Williams III
12:07 1990:04 18 Body The rules have been changed to protect the innocent: Should we teach minors about AIDS? And if so, at what age? Linda Marsa
12:07 1990:04 24 Earth Polluted waterways and landfills are the legacy of a once-thriving mining industry in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cathy Spencer
12:07 1990:04 30 Space Mining the moons of Earth and Mars could deposit excessive trash on the satellites. Does anyone care? Peter Garrison
12:07 1990:04 33 Continuum Kids who can’t say no: Should they be subjected to mandatory drug testing, property searches, and censorship of free speech in their schools? The British want to know, Just what are the chances of having good sex in space? What do you get when you cross a Chinese swine with a capitalist pig? A lean porking machine; and the Japanese condos that people are simply dying to get into.
12:07 1990:04 42 Save Our Schools Sending out an SOS: Four journalists – Dava Sobel, J. Keith Hefner, Robert Fleming, and John Cummings – examine our school system, including: the controversy over standardized tests; the lack of hands-on experience for students; now big business is offering support with time and money (what are its motives?); and whether we should adopt foreign programs in our school curricula. Dava Sobel, J. Keith Hefner, Robert Fleming, John Cummings
12:07 1990:04 50 The Chill Of It All Fiction. Four horror stories that’ll have you shivering.
12:07 1990:04 50 Mister Ice Cold Fiction : Sweet summers that become frozen memories for some unfortunate kids. Gahan Wilson
12:07 1990:04 53 Scanman Fiction. A resourceful kid who makes a game out of revenge and justice. Pat Cadigan
12:07 1990:04 56 Kool King Fiction. A creepy tale of a family adapting to the heat. John Skipp and Craig Spector
12:07 1990:04 57 Falling Apart Fiction: Getting up on the wrong side of the bed isn’t the only way to ruin your day. Whitley Strieber
12:07 1990:04 58 Where The Wild Things Are Pictorial A strong sense of family isn’t merely a sentimental notion conceived by humans; it’s prevalent in nature but for a variety of reasons. Cathy Spencer, Frans Lanting
12:07 1990:04 66 Radical Class Acts Should schools bother to encourage and develop a child’s talents and creativity- have these been overlooked facets of intelligence? Gurney Williams III
12:07 1990:04 74 Interview Paulo Freire, secretary for education in Sao Paulo, says there’s more to literacy than the ability to read. Murray Cox
12:07 1990:04 81 Antimatter Would you buy jewelry fashioned after spaceships sighted by the artist? The blob that hit Bermuda (without brightly colored shorts); if you like working outdoors, maybe you should consider a career in gravedigging; and a nightclub with a social conscience.
12:07 1990:04 90 Games You don’t have to be a genius to have fun taking this IQ test. Scot Morris
12:07 1990:04 102 Star Tech Gadgetry for home and travel use. Steve Ditlea
12:07 1990:04 104 Last Word Being dressed in smart clothes takes on a new meaning when faced with a rebellious wardrobe of loud outfits. Nick Mead
12:07 1990:04 SPECIAL SECTION A Superlative Guide to the Hows and Wise Shortcuts that can accelerate your learning in 30 days, plus simple techniques to jog a reluctant memory. Are you unsure about furthering your education? Perhaps our list of the wackiest courses in America will change your mind. For the exceptionally curious, albeit confused, there is an easy way to find out anything. And for your amusement-a techno-quiz that will leave you smarter.
12:08 1990:05 6 First Word In a country of 130 million women, why are there only two currently serving in the Senate? Rhode Island representative Schneider looks at some of the biases facing women in politics and discusses the various advantages they have over their male counterparts. Claudine Schneider
12:08 1990:05 8 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:08 1990:05 25 Communications Readers’ writes and foreign correspondences.
12:08 1990:05 26 Forum Give a child an inch and he’ll take a mile. At least that’s the hope of individuals who are donating their time and money to public school classrooms. Linda Marsa
12:08 1990:05 30 Mind Our memories may fail at times, but certain skills we never forget. Why? Current researchers are working to unravel this mystery, whose possible results range from reversing the crippling effects of brain damage to producing superathletes. Kathryn Phillips
12:08 1990:05 34 Stars New Zealander Rodney Austin spends his nights discovering comets in the Southern skies. His third-and latest-find may hold clues to the origins of comets. Fred Schaaf
12:08 1990:05 38 Earth Don’t be fooled by fresh food: It could be bad for you. But some farmers are cleaning up their acts, opting for crop quality rather than quantity. Gary Null
12:08 1990:05 41 Continuum Do scientific hoaxes bring out the gullibility in us? What is dirt cheap, stinks, and readily available? (No, it’s not a Parisian.) Mutant space tomatoes invade our school system; and the extraordinary instrument of a Floridian professor.
12:08 1990:05 50 The Killing Fields You can run, but you can’t hide: The advent of deadly diseases that have suddenly sprung up with unknown causes and cures could drastically change civilization. Can we avoid plagues from Africa and Asia when these maladies are just a plane flight away? Kathleen McAuliffe
12:08 1990:05 66 No Assembly Required A light look at the future of technology. Smart micromachines that will do anything, from cleaning your teeth while you sleep to a 60-second wardrobe change. It’s not such a farfetched notion. Fred Hapgood
12:08 1990:05 58 And The Angels Sing Fiction: Eddie is fat and gruff and, hardly surprising, not particularly well liked. Not that he doesn’t help anyone – au contraire: He’s more than willing to give people exactly what they want and need. It’s just that he seems to inspire only guilt and fear among his peers. Kate Wilhelm
12:08 1990:05 72 Building Character Pictorial : Although artist Takenobu Igarashi has little command of the English language, he knows what he’s doing with the alphabet. Phil Scott
12:08 1990:05 78 Interview Arnold Relman This medical journal editor rails against abuses in the health care profession. Antimatter UFOs are real, but are they from space? Rent a witch or just lose a few pounds; drive-through mortuaries; and why you should sleep with your mouth shut. Star Tech Techno-tools of tomorrow. Doug Stewart
12:08 1990:05 118 Games Think you know sports? Take this quiz. Scot Morris
12:08 1990:05 120 Last Word Isn’t it time to face up to the problem of unwanted hair? Paul Angiolillo, Jr.
12:08 1990:05 SPECIAL SECTION Omni’s Home Office Folio People are swarming back home, to work, that is. More than ever before, businesses are setting up in what were once recreational rooms. Sounds like a great idea, but where do you start? Our team of writers will help you to decide whether it’s feasible to be your own boss and will aid you in the pursuit of excellent equipment, from telephones to computers.
12:09 1990:06 6 First Word The Human Genome Project will cost $3 billion. But the benefits outweigh the price, says the man who codiscovered the structure of DNA. James D. Watson
12:09 1990:06 8 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:09 1990:06 10 Communications Readers’ writes.
12:09 1990:06 12 Forum Is the emergence of a global popular culture necessarily a good thing? Craig Bromberg
12:09 1990:06 18 Stars Astronomer Martin Elvis just struck gold in unwanted satellite data. T. A. Heppenheimer
12:09 1990:06 20 Mind Two psychologists say that irrelevant information far too often influences our best estimates. John Rubin
12:09 1990:06 22 Artificial Intelligence How a computer goddess helped save Bali from massive crop failure. Douglas Starr
12:09 1990:06 24 Body Geneticists hope that understanding genomic imprinting may lead to cures for inherited diseases. Joel Davis
12:09 1990:06 26 Space Solar power from space: An idea whose time – and designs – have come. C. L. Hauswald
12:09 1990:06 28 Earth Whale watching creates public interest, but are we loving these giant animals to death? Kimberly French
12:09 1990:06 30 Competition Tricycle=tot rod: The finale of Omni’s Fractured Dictionary contest; plus the announcement of our latest competition: creating the perfect vanity car license plate. Scot Morris
12:09 1990:06 32 Arts Global politics: The backdrop against which street fashion pirouettes. Joni Miller
12:09 1990:06 33 Continuum Ich bin ein Berliner (and have a piece of the Wall to prove it). Scientists use love songs of the wild female elephant as a pachyderm aphrodisiac. Lasers let plastic surgeons offer a light lift. Chemists find that some Chinese alchemy really works.
12:09 1990:06 42 Rock Stars Score The Future Future lyrics will tackle loneliness, authoritarianism, life on the dole, and our shrinking planet. New pop bands, including The Christians and Happy Mondays, sound off. Melanie Menagh , Steven Mills
12:09 1990:06 55 Changing Channels Interactive television games let you compete with other quiz show viewers. Will interactive TV sweep the nation? That’s the $64,000 question. Richard Nalley
12:09 1990:06 60 Pictorial Myth Makers: Drawing on the Past Artist Marshall Arisman creates tribal man-beast paintings to explore each human’s animalistic nature. Nina Guccione
12:09 1990:06 66 Interview: James Collins What do Nixon and Batman have in common? This Notre Dame professor of postmodernism will explain them to you, as he searches for the true meaning of pop. Glenn O’Brien
12:09 1990:06 73 Antimatter UFO investigators return to quiet Roswell, New Mexico, after 43 years to investigate an alleged Air Force cover-up. Computer types make the best pagans. A psychiatrist who says possession is no law of nature. New help for teenage devil worshipers. What are the odds of a space creature landing on Earth this year? Would you believe 250 to 1?
12:09 1990:06 98 Games An update on our night deposit bag story, plus a novel parlor trick. Scot Morris
12:09 1990:06 100 Video Scans Even if you’re committed to animal protection, with Nintendo you can still kill a duck. Bob Lindstrom
12:09 1990:06 102 Star Tech Techno-toys of tomorrow.
12:09 1990:06 104 Last Word If you’re seeking fulfilling employment in the future, try inventing Video Pets or Burgers on a String. Jonathan Lowe
12:09 1990:06 48 Over Flat Mountain Fiction: When the Appalachians unfurled, the earth bulged into airless heaven. Crossing Flat Mountain called for a new breed of trucker, and CD is as tough as they come. But thanks to a ride he and a hitchhiker share through the wilderness in the sky, CD gets a chance to repay a debt he has owed since childhood. Terry Bisson
12:10 1990:07 6 First Word This NASA administrator and former astronaut believes our destiny lies among the stars. But just what is required to take that next leap back into space? Richard H. Truly
12:10 1990:07 8 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:10 1990:07 10 Communications Letters
12:10 1990:07 14 Forum Congressmen Bill Nelson and Bill Green offer opposing arguments over sending a manned mission to Mars.
12:10 1990:07 18 Stars Mars died. Why? The red planet may have once been green, with water and a respectable atmosphere. Will the mystery be solved by the Mars Observer satellite? Devera Pine
12:10 1990:07 20 Space Shift, Rover, shift. Like all dogs, this one will dig in the dirt and bring home dust-Martian, that is. Mitch Berman
12:10 1990:07 22 Body In the blink of an eye: The disabled and severely handicapped now have a high-tech way to express themselves. Victoria Y. Rab , Geraldine Youcha
12:10 1990:07 24 Artificial Intelligence The future of computers lies in optics, not electronics. What are the advantages of light rays over electricity? Lloyd Chrein
12:10 1990:07 25 Continuum What goes through the mind of an astronaut while floating through space? Finally, Parisians who aren’t rude; how to freeze your organ and still keep it malleable; and Holland’s uprising.
12:10 1990:07 34 Voyage To A Far Planet Reaching Mars could take nearly three years and $400 billion, so an international joint venture seems inevitable. What can the Soviet Union, Japan, and Canada contribute? Forman also delves into the potential problems facing the space travelers on their extended journey. Brenda Forman
12:10 1990:07 39 Einstein’s Law Fiction: An entrepreneur gets swallowed up by his own greedy scheme. Ben Bova
12:10 1990:07 42 Raiders Of The Lost Archives Pictorial: The faces of aliens, as portrayed by Hollywood, have changed from inciting fear to inspiring affection. Ed Wyckerson
12:10 1990:07 50 Latter-day Martian Chronicles Suppose Mars was already colonized. What kind of experiences would its inhabitants now be going through? Five science-fiction writers – Isaac Asimov, Pat Murphy, Bruce Sterling, Gregory Benford, and Joan D. Vinge – share their visions.
12:10 1990:07 62 Interview Astronomer Sandra Faber helped shoot down established theories. Now she’ll be sharing 300 hours’ viewing time on the Hubble telescope. Can she confirm her theories on the origin and substance of the universe? Paul Bagne
12:10 1990:07 66 Mosquito Fiction: A transvestite thief is hired to scour the decadent and corrupt streets of the future city of Bangkok. Can s/he survive the lustful journey in the dangerous quest for the perfect doll? Richard Calder
12:10 1990:07 73 Antimatter Are UFO abductees with detectable brain implants really the test subjects of humans and not aliens? Will spirits respond to the world of high tech? The video is authentic, but are the flying saucers? And magnetic fields that conjure up ghosts.
12:10 1990:07 98 Games The perpetual optimism of inventors may cloud their judgment but not their drive to conquer the impossible. By looking at their attempts, can you tell why their parade was rained on? Scot Morris
12:10 1990:07 100 Video Scans This month’s column pitches the best of the baseball programs. Bob Lindstrom
12:10 1990:07 102 Star Tech The road to an easy life. Tom B. Reiter
12:10 1990:07 104 Last Word He was short and bald and insisted his alien friends watch once he got me drunk, but I’ve had worse dates. Victoria Lacas
12:11 1990:08 8 First Word Earthquakes could topple any number of U.S. cities, so shouldn’t we be prepared? San Francisco’s mayor Agnos offers his advice on preventive measures. Art Agnos
12:11 1990:08 12 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:11 1990:08 14 Communications Readers’ writes.
12:11 1990:08 16 Forum Congressman Bob Wise and Compute magazine’s Peter Scisco offer their views on computer privacy and the right to access personal data.
12:11 1990:08 18 Space Knitting, weaving, and ceramics – no, these aren’t summer camp classes; they’re the future of our nation’s space program. Joseph Baneth Allen
12:11 1990:08 20 Body If your ulcer has been acting up lately, maybe it’s more than your job that’s bugging you. Medical researchers have found a bacterium that may cause those painful gut reactions. Kathleen McAuliffe
12:11 1990:08 22 Earth The cold war: Freezing eggs, sperm, and embryos is becoming the latest tactic in the battle to replenish the planet’s endangered species. Jessica Speart
12:11 1990:08 25 Continuum Who’s certifying that organic produce is 100 percent natural? Out of touch? The English now have scientific proof that physical contact can be pleasurable. The blind leading the blind: Bat sonar for the sight impaired? Caressing, stroking, and other stimuli that stunt growth.
12:11 1990:08 34 Crime Bytes Back Kids playing cops and robbers in the next century are more likely to be armed with a laptop computer than a gun. Whether it’s theft, espionage, or sabotage, technology will change the way crimes are committed and the way they’re combated. Linda Marsa , Don Ray
12:11 1990:08 40 Trouble In Paradise Trips through the Amazon jungle finally led Gorman to the Matses, an Indian tribe who are still hunter-gatherers. But the thrill of finding a native people is now dampened – his enthusiasm was not only infectious but almost fatal. Peter Gorman
12:11 1990:08 44 The Catch Fiction: The peaceful new world seemed too good to be true. The soil was rich, the weather temperate, the natives unobtrusive. Just the kind of place you would want to settle, or so it seemed. Robert Silverberg
12:11 1990:08 50 Once Upon A Time In America Pictorial: American ingenuity is evident in the designs and mechanics of the nineteenth-century patent models. Bob Berger
12:11 1990:08 58 Interview What an adventure to roam the earth, stand atop volcanoes, or delve miles below the sea, but for geochemist Harmon Craig it’s all in a day’s work. Bill Lawren
12:11 1990:08 65 Antimatter Look up in the sky! More than 50 people looked, including a space research scientist, but no one can explain the mystery cloud. Nuts and volts: Will the computer become the crystal ball for high-tech soothsayers? The French are leaping from cliffs and bridges – not for love but for fun. Heavenly inspiration: A physician has assembled an entire Bible library on computer disc, because God asked him to do it.
12:11 1990:08 108 Games Try and match up famous people and their little-known inventions. Scot Morris
12:11 1990:08 110 Star Tech Picks from the Consumer Electronics Show. Joe Aquene
12:11 1990:08 112 Last Word Whose grandmother started those universal myths about the horrible things that happen to kids who use four-letter words? Roberto Santiago
12:11 1990:08 999 Special Section Introducing Omni’s new sister publication, Compute. The complete magazine of home computing, Compute offers you news and views, from the latest in software and hardware to notes from the hacker underground. This preview features game reviews, interviews with computer scientists, plus info for Macintosh, Amiga, and DOS users.
12:12 1990:09 6 First Word Spiders, ants, and other insects may make your skin crawl, but the world’s ecosystems need the resilient little buggers, says Harvard’s insect lover. E. O. Wilson
12:12 1990:09 10 Omnibus The Who’s Who of contributing authors.
12:12 1990:09 12 Communications Readers’ writes.
12:12 1990:09 14 Education In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, a New Jersey state park will educate visitors through science-and-technology entertainment. John Cummings
12:12 1990:09 16 Stars The ins and outs of black holes: As stars collapse, physicist Alan Guth is expanding and fine-tuning his theories on the universe. T. A. Heppenheimer
12:12 1990:09 18 Artificial Intelligence Students should learn computer ethics in school, but in the meantime, software vendors offer increased protection to combat the hacker’s natural urge to solve puzzles. Jeff Goldberg
12:12 1990:09 20 Mind Adrift at sea on a raft, without water or food, could you survive the elements? Or would you die before being rescued? Scientists suggest that the answers to these questions may lie in your personality. Janel Bladow
12:12 1990:09 22 Explorations Native Americans in New York State are gaining ground in their battle to recapture ancient homelands. Whether that is a sweet victory depends on whether you live on or near tribal lands-and we all do. Dean Kuipers
12:12 1990:09 25 Continuum Is laughter really the best remedy? Ants and termites: The next health fad? The perfect honeymoon: A weekend in orbit-for a price that’s out of this world. An amateur astronomer gets the jump on the professionals.
12:12 1990:09 34 Lost Horizons? The Tatshenshini River, Lake Baikal, Yasuni National Park, the Sudd, and six other sanctuaries comprise some of the most beautiful wilderness on Earth. But the future of these fragile environments depends on the whims of local governments and the economy. Beth Howard , Bob Berger
12:12 1990:09 42 The Dean Of PSI A mind is a terrible thing to waste: A prominent Princeton scientist is investigating telekinesis, clairvoyance, and telepathy. The results: Psychic phenomena in small but measurable quantities exist. Steve Fishman
12:12 1990:09 50 The Gardener Of Eden Pictorial: Basilius Besler, how did your seventeenth-century garden grow? With flamboyant peonies, saucy cranberry, and edible cardoon-and a dose of monkshood to die for. Alas, poor buttercup, all that remains of the hilltop paradise is the healing horticulturist’s catalog of botanical delights. Shari Rudavsky
12:12 1990:09 58 In The Country Of Tattooed Men Fiction: After each drunken binge, a Vietnam veteran wakes up sporting another tattoo that he can’t remember getting. The markings resemble those he saw in the Southeast Asian jungle, where you could never spot the enemy camouflaged among the foliage. Garry Kilworth
12:12 1990:09 66 Interview Animal organs will be preferable to artificial ones, says Thomas Starzl, the world’s preeminent transplant surgeon. Mark Dowie
12:12 1990:09 73 Antimatter Help is just a phone call away for UFO abductees. Were yeti search parties harboring spies? The sheriff and his deputies sight UFOs.
12:12 1990:09 98 Games Carnival operators know how to part fools and their money. Know their secrets and you might beat them at their own games. Scot Morris
12:12 1990:09 100 Video Scans CDs: The next wave in video games. Bob Lindstrom
12:12 1990:09 102 Star Tech Techno-tools of tomorrow.
12:12 1990:09 104 Last Word Traveler’s travails: Have you begun to look like your passport photo? David Brenner

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