Omni June 1990



TV 2000 -







Vol.12 No. 9

Cover Art: Modeling Renaissance imagery with computer technology, artist Jean Francois Podevin created this photomontage, which features his six-year-old son William. "It symbolizes a new generation of children. From now on there's a renaissance with computers; they're no longer a threat," Podevin says.

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)
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