Omni August 1990









Vol.12 No. 11

Cover Art: Stanislaw Fernandes has received many electrical shocks. His airbrush-and-watercolor painting Live captures those thrills of energy - "the incredible feeling you can do anything, like skydiving, like riding a motorbike, like being alive "- says Fernandes, an international artist.

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 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)
Readers' writes.

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
endangered species.
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.

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