Contents / Articles
First Word (pg 8)
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.
by Art Agnos
Omnibus (pg 12)
The Who's Who of contributing authors
Communications (pg 14)
Forum (pg 16)
Bob Wise and Peter Scisco offer their views on computer privacy
and the right to access personal data.
by Congressman Bob Wise and Compute magazine's Peter Scisco
Space (pg 18)
Knitting, weaving, and ceramics - no, these aren't summer
camp classes; they're the future of our nation's space program.
by Joseph Baneth Allen
Body (pg 20)
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.
by Kathleen McAuliffe
Earth (pg 22)
The cold war: Freezing eggs, sperm, and embryos is becoming
the latest tactic in the battle to replenish the planet's
by Jessica Speart
Continuum (pg 25)
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.
Crime Bytes Back (pg 34)
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.
by Linda Marsa and Don Ray
Trouble in Paradise (pg 40)
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.
by Peter Gorman
Fiction: The Catch (pg 44)
The peaceful new world seemed to good to be true. The soil was
rich, the weather temperature, the natives unobtrusive. Just
the kind of place you would want to settle, or so it seemed.
by Robert Silverberg
Pictorial:Once Upon a Time in America (pg 50)
American ingenuity is evident in the designs and
mechanics of the nineteenth-century patent models.
Interview (pg 58)
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.
by Bill Lawren
Antimatter (pg 65)
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.
SPECIAL SECTION: (page 75)
Introducing Omni's new sister publication, Compute. The
complete magazines 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.
Games (pg 108)
Try and match up famous people and their little-known inventions.
by Scot Morris
Star Tech (pg 110)
Picks from the Consumer Electronics Show
by Joe Aquene
Last Word (pg 112)
Whose grandmother started those universal myths about the
horrible things that happen to kids who use four-letter words?
by Robert Santiago