Omni March 1991








Vol.13 No. 6

Cover Art: Expect the unexpected, such as the free-floating headphones and omniscient eyes in the sky in the untitled painting on this month's cover, in the work of artist/journalist Theo Rudnak, which tends toward the surrealistic. What you can expect in his paintings is open sky or space and geometric shapes placed with mathematical precision.

Editor in Chief & Design Director: Bob Guccione

President: Kathy Keeton
Editor: Keith Ferrell
Graphics Director: Frank Devino
Managing Editor: Phil Scott
Art Director: Dwayne Flinchum

Contents / Articles

First Word (pg 10)
The Berlin Wall's down; female military enrollment is up.
The U.S. secretary of defense policy is being shaped by the
end of the Cold War and the ongoing technological
and political revolutions.
by Dick Cheney

Forum (pg 12)
Astronaut Michael Collins makes a case for a
manned mission to Mars.
by Keith Ferrell

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

Communications (pg 18)
Readers' writes

Space (pg 22)
Storms in the ionosphere can disrupt vital satellite
communications. New Sensors will help forecast nasty
space weather.

Mind (pg 26)
What do Donald Trump, Ivan Boesky, and Gary Hart have in common?
They were victims of their own success: The immense pressures
they faced upon their climb
by Janel Bladow

Space (pg 25)
The Soviets claim their shuttle ejection system will save
lives. The problem: Convincing the rest of the world
by James Oberg

Earth (pg 30)
Frozen in time: Gases and other elements trapped in ancient
layers of ice in Greenland are yielding clues to the future
behavior of the atmosphere.
by Steven Scott Smith

Continuum (pg 33)
Diverse species of plants live in harmony on the Irish coast;
the truth about Billy the kid; stress and stupidity the
the littlest moon; electric tricycles and more.

Bach to the Future (pg 42)
Roll over Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news. Composer
Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab is creating new computer-based
musical instruments that sound, literally, like northing ever
heard before. Never again will it be the same old song.
by Gurney Williams III

MechAnimals (pg 50)
Have artificial intelligence researchers been aiming too high by
attempting to simulate the thoughts processes of the human mind?
Some scientists think so and have turned their attention from
human intelligence to something simpler - animal intelligence.
Will mechanical cats soon chase robot mice?
by Tom Dworetzky

Fiction: The Last Surviving Veteran of the War of San Francisco (pg 56)
In a North America made up of independent city-states,
James Crawford is taken from his nursing home to the Empire of
San Francisco for the centennial celebration of the war in
which he was a hero.
by Robert Silverberg

Pictorial: Photosynthesis (pg 63)
Take water and carbon dioxide, add sunlight and voila! Oxygen and
food. Computer-enhanced photos of a complex process that gives us air.
by J.G. Ballard

Interview (pg 68)
An aftershock of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was finding
that seismologist Allan Lindh had predicted it in 1983. Now
he's trying to make quake prediction and warning a
more exact science.
by Esther Wanning

Antimatter (pg 73)
Make your own fake UFO photo with a model, some string, and a
home computer; Cremora from heaven; Bigfoot's European cousin;
Valium and UFO abductions; getting ghosts on tape; and more

Star Tech (pg 102)
Binoculars, cameras, and video printers; Focus is on
the future of video products.

Games (pg 104)
For the science-minded philatelist; Stamps riddled with scientific
errors, all with factual bloopers, physical impossibilities, or goofs.
by Scot Morris

Last Word (pg 108)
You think watching hours of television is harmful to young minds?
In the twenty-first century, reading can kill you. Beware the
dreaded compulsive literacy disorder: For the thousands of CLD
victims, well-read is dead.
by Khephra Burns