Contents / Articles
First Word (pg 6)
The Human Genome Project will cost $3 billion.
But the benefits outweigh the price, says the
man who codiscovered the structure of DNA.
by James D. Watson
Omnibus (pg 8)
The Who's Who of contributing authors
Communications (pg 10)
Readers' writes and foreign correspondences
Forum (pg 12)
Is the emergence of a global popular
culture necessarily a good thing?
by Craig Bromberg
Stars (pg 18)
Astronomer Martin Elvis just struck gold
in unwanted satellite data.
by T.A. Heppenheimer
Mind (pg 20)
Two psychologists say that irrelevant information
far too often influences our best estimates.
by John Rubin
Artificial Intelligence (pg 22)
How a computer goddess helped save Bali
from massive crop failure.
by Douglas Starr
Body (pg 24)
Geneticists hope that understanding genomic imprinting
may lead to cures for inherited diseases.
by Joel Davis
Space (pg 26)
Solar power from space: An idea whose time - and
designs - have come.
by C.L. Hauswald
Earth (pg 28)
Whale watching creates public interest, but are
we loving these giant animals to death?
by Kimberly French
Competition (pg 30)
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.
by Scot Morris
Arts (pg 32)
Global politics: The backdrop against
which street fashion pirouettes.
by Joni Miller
Continuum (pg 33)
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.
Rock Stars Score the Future (pg 42)
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.
by Melaine Menagh and Steven Mills
Fiction: Over Flat Mountain (pg 48)
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.
by Terry Bisson
Changing Channels (pg 55)
Interactive television games let you compete with other quiz
show viewers. Will interactive TV sweep the nation?
That's the $64,000 question.
by Richard Nalley
Pictorial: Myth Makers: Drawing on the Past (pg 60)
Artist Marshall Arisman creates tribal man-beast paintings to
explore each human's animalistic nature.
by Nina Guccione
Interview: James Collins (pg 66)
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.
by Glenn O'Brien
Antimatter (pg 73)
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 says possession is no
law of nature. New help for teenage devil worshippers. What are
the odds of a space creature landing on Earth this year? Would
you believe 250 to 1?
Games (pg 98)
An update on our night deposit bag story,
plus a novel parlor trick.
by Scot Morris
Video Scans (pg 100)
Even if you're committed to animal protection,
with Nintendo you can still kill a duck.
by Bob Lindstrom
Star Tech (pg 102)
Techno-toys of tomorrow.
Last Word (pg 104)
If you're seeking fulfilling employment in the future,
try inventing Video Pets or Burgers on a String.
by Jonathan Lowe