Omni October 1990







Vol.13 No. 1

Cover Art: After suffering a family tragedy, Macedonian artist Ralle sought catharsis through his painting. The oil, The Sun Has Gone to Hell, "illustrates the guilt and frustration I felt. The machinery on the womans mouth is so heave that it keeps her from speaking," he 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 10)
The heated debate over flag burning:
Should there be limits to our freedoms?
by Robert H. Bork

Omnibus (pg 14)
The Who's Who of contributing authors

Communications (pg 16)
Readers' writes.

Mind (pg 18)
Are the desirable traits we seek in a
mate biologically programmed?
by Shari Rudavsky

Artificial Intelligence (pg 22)
A Soviet game designer knows hot to play with
your psyche and hook you into computer games

by Keith Ferrell

Body (pg 24)
Lower back pain? A new device can screen
potential injury by testing weakness
by Peter Cassidy

Earth (pg 25)
Croaking frogs aren't singing our praises: According to researchers,
the decline of amphibians is attributed to human intervention.
by Cathy Spencer

Space (pg 26)
How to travel without reservations: Leave your fear of flying and
your luggage at home for a trip that's out of this world.
by Steve Ditlea

Explorations (pg 28)
On the Fritz: The sounds of dawn rise through the still air
and fall on a human-looking recorder.
by John Grossmann

Arts (pg 30)
Coming attraction: This fall will usher in a slew of science fiction,
fantasy, and horror films that promise high-tech entertainment.
by A.J.S Rayl

Continuum (pg 33)
What's the bright idea? Teamwork based on brain dominance;
why it's hard on female transsexuals; yes children, you can
fool Mother Nature; finally, a good excuse not to exercise.

Why Can't a Man Be More Like A Woman...and Vice Versa (pg 42)
The differences between men and women are deep-rooted -- in the brain,
that is. Researchers are finding physical evidence for cognitive
disparities and, perhaps for sexual preferences.
by Kathryn Phillips

Fiction: Dating in Dreamtime (pg 52)
Will a combination of ancient magic and modern technology
succeed in waking the dying Earth from its slumber?
by Scott Russell Sanders

Pictorial: Tracing the Masters' Strokes (pg 59)
Computer artist Lillian Schwartz takes bytes from
art's past and keys into its future.
by Bob Berger

Interview (pg 70)
It's 1990; do you know what sexy you are?
Neuroscientist Roger Gorski tells of his controversial work
on the effects of sex hormones on the brain's structure and function.
by Douglas Stein

Blurring the Lines.... (pg 80)
Our concept of masculinity and femininity is being redefined by both
society and surgery. Read about stereotypes giving away to androgyny,
then take our quiz on sexual characteristics(page 88).
by Don Monkerud

Fiction: Something About a Death, Something About a Fire (pg 90)
The Magic Taxi is a joy for kids and an enigma for adults:
for Bobo it's a destiny that verges on miracles.
by Peter Straub

Inside Story (pg 96)
The Soviet spaceport Baikonur was once a supersecret no Westerner
could penetrate. This NASA insider journeyed there freely and came
home with an unprecedented look at life for the resident
cosmonauts and workers.
by James Oberg

Antimatter (pg 105)
South African sightings: Witchcraft or UFOs?
Uncovering proof about the yeti;
is Satan getting a bad rap?

Stars (pg 114)
Astronomical fantasies: If offered unlimited funds,
what would fulfill an astronomer's dream?
by Randall Black

Star Tech (pg 144)
Accessing the future.

The Omni Arcade (pg 147)
This month's games will have you grabbing a pencil, banging
away on your keyboard or even lunging for your joystick.

Last Word (pg 152)
A taste explosion with every mouthful of thermonuclear
salad or super collider guacamole.
by Charles Memminger