Omni July 1990

 

 

MARS

HOW WE'RE GOING TO GET THERE AND
WHAT WE'RE GOING TO FIND

THE LONELINESS OF A LONG-DISTANCE ROBOT

STAR:
QUEST HUNTING FOR THE
BIG BANG AND MISSING MATTER

 
OMNI1990JulyLG

Vol.12 No. 10

Cover Art: Kazuaki Iwasaki has produced more than 1,000 paintings of the cosmos, including Spaceships Approaching Mars, painted in acrylic. Called the Bonestell of Japan, Iwasaki is a self-taught painter and amateur astronomer. (Courtesy of Space Art International.)


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)
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?
by Richard H. Truly

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

Communications (pg 10)
Readers' writes and foreign correspondences

Forum (pg 14)
Congressmen Bill Nelson and Bill Green offer opposing
arguments over sending a manned mission to Mars.
by Congressman Bill Nelson and Bill Green

Stars (pg 18)
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?
by Devera Pine

Space (pg 20)
Shift, Rover, shift. Like all dogs, this one will dig in the
dirt and bring home dust - Martian, that is.
by Mitch Berman

Body (pg 22)
Geraldine Youcha In the blink of an eye:
The disabled and severely handicapped now have a
high-tech way to express themselves.
by Victoria Y. Rab and Geraldine Youcha

Artificial Intelligence (pg 24)
The future of computers lies in optics, not electronics.
What are the advantages of light rays over electricity?
by Lloyd Chrein

Continuum (pg 25)
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.

Voyage to a Far Planet (pg 34)
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.
by Brenda Forman

Fiction: Einstein's Law (pg 39)
An entrepreneur gets swallowed up by his own greedy scheme.
by Ben Bova

Pictorial: Raiders of the Lost Archives (pg 39)
The faces of aliens, as portrayed by Hollywood, have changed
from inciting fear to inspiring affection.
by Ed Wycherson

Latter-Day Martian Chronicles (pg 50)
Suppose Mars was already colonized. What kind of experience 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.

Interview (pg 62)
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?
by Paul Bagne

Fiction: Mosquito (pg 66)
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?
by Richard Calder

Antimatter (pg 73)
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 at
the flying saucers? And magnetic fields that conjure up ghosts.

Games (pg 98)
The perpetual optimism of inventors may cloud their judgement
but not their drive to conquer the impossible. By looking at
their attempts, can you tell why their parage was rained on?
by Scot Morris

Video Scans (pg 100)
This month's column pitches the best of the baseball programs
by Bob Lindstrom

Star Tech (pg 102)
The road to an easy life.
by Tom B. Reiter

Last Word (pg 104)
He was short and bald and insisted his alien friends watch
once he got me drunk, but I've had worse dates.
by Victoria Lacas