Omni May 1990

 

 

THIS MONTH:
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH A NEW COMET

ROBO-BUGS
AND THE WORLD'S SMALLEST MACHINES

THE KILLING FIELDS:
SETTING THE STAGE FOR FUTURE EPIDEMICS

PLUS:
A LITANY OF NOVEL - SOMETIMES NASTY -
WAYS TO REMOVE FACIAL HAIR;
A HEAVYDUTY SPORTS QUIZ;
AND A GUIDE TO THE IDEAL HOME OFFICE

 
OMNI1990MayLG

Vol.12 No. 8

Cover Art: Tim White's portrait of a microengineered fly - mosquito, Dark Side of the Sun, was painted in gouache for Terry Pratchett's book of the same title. White also has a collection of published art in his book The Science Fiction and Fantasy World of Time White (Paper Tiger).


Editor in Chief & Design Director: Bob Guccione

President: Kathy Keeton
Editor: Patrice Adcroft
Graphics Director: Frank Devino
Managing Editor: Steve Fox
Art Director: Dwayne Flinchum

 
Contents / Articles

First Word (pg 6)
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.
by Claudine Schneider

Omnibus (pg 8)
The Who's Who of contributing authors

Communications (pg 25)
Readers' writes and foreign correspondences

Forum (pg 26)
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 classrooms.
by Linda Marsa

Mind (pg 30)
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.
by Kathryn Phillips

Stars (pg 34)
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.
by Fred Schaaf

Continuum (pg 41)
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.

The Killing Fields (pg 50)
You can run, but you can't hide: The advent of deadly diseases
that have suddenly sprung up and 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?
by Kathleen McAuliffe

Fiction: And the Angels Sing (pg 58)
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 needs. It's just that he seems to inspire only guilt
and fear among his peers.
by Kate Wilhelm
No Assembly Required (pg 66)
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.
by Fred Hapgood



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 decide whether
it's feasible to be your own boss and will aid you in the pursuit
of excellent equipment, from telephones to computers.


Pictorial: Building Character (pg 72)
Although artist: Takenobu Igarashi has little
command of the English language he knows what
he's doing with the alphabet.
by Phil Scott

Interview (pg 78)
This medical journal editor rails against
abuses in the health care profession.
by Arnold Relman

Antimatter (pg 89)
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 (pg 114)
Techno-tools of tomorrow.

Games (pg 118)
Think you know sports?
Take this quiz.
by Scot Morris

Last Word (pg 120)
Isn't it time to face up to the problem
of unwanted hair?
by Paul Angiolillo, Jr.