Omni April 1991

 

 

ENDANGERED SPECIES: A LAST LOOK?

THE CONSTANT OFFICE:
HOW TO SURIVE THE INFORMATION AGE


INTERVIEW:
SMART MACHINES, DUMB PEOPLE

PLUS:
THREE STORIES OF ALIEN INVASIONS

 
OMNI1991AprLG

Vol.13 No. 7

Cover Art: Will tomorrow's constant office be a prison or a playground? Artist Norman Catherine offers his interpretation in this month's cover. Catherine's work also plaintively captures the plight of endangered species, the subject of this month's pictorial. A cover, then, that speaks to more than one subject, as does the magazine it adorns.


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 U.S. doesn't have to lose its global technological leadership
to Japan or Europe. To compete in the future the former director
of the National Science Foundation recommends a new concentration
of knowledge in the form of research and development.
by Erich Bloch

Forum (pg 12)
From the office of the war in the Persian Gulf, communications
technology is changing the world and our perceptions of it.
Can we - and will we - use our new tools to reach out to other
peoples and work toward peace and understanding?
by Keith Ferrell

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

Communications (pg 18)
Readers' writes

Transportation (pg 20)
Supersafe automated systems are taking over more and more of
pilots' duties in airplane cockpits. They may eliminate human
error, but they've got some problems of their own.
by Martin Caidin

Earth (pg 24)
Pollution fills the mighty Mississippi River Huck Finn sailed.
A group of folksy but dedicated activists has pledged to clean
up the river - all 2,550 miles of it.
by Rebecca Norris

Continuum (pg 25)
Waiter, there's a weasel in my wine; in the battle of the
bacteria, salmonella KOs typhoid fever; Soviet scientists
for hire, cheap; and more.

The Constant Office (pg 34)
"I have to get away from the office," you say. But can you really
remove yourself from the workplace? Our special report looks at
advances in communications, as well as how information technology
will transform business management. Plus, the psychological
effects of office automation.

Fiction: Alien/Nation (pg 42)
Three provocative and surprisingly funny stories.
"They're Made Out of Meat"
by Terry Bisson

Two aliens discover a rather disgusting sentient race.
"What I Did to Blunt the Alien Invasion"
by Barry N. Malzberg

Only one man can stop the aliens. In fact he's the only one
who knows they're here.
by William Relling, Jr.

Two thumbs up for these new Hollywood blockbusters


Pictorial: Animals in Exile (pg 55)
Wildlife photographers often set out to capture animals in their
natural habitats - jungles, wilderness, grassy plains. James Balog
photographs them in their contemporary habitats - cramped zoos,
preserves and amusement parks. The animals who once rules the
earth now have no place on it.
by Pamela Weintraub

Interview (pg 66)
Upon observing people at work, author Shoshana Zuboff discovered
that the ubiquitous office computer has changed workplace
relationships, culture, and politics.
by Doug Stewart

Antimatter (pg 73)
Queens, home of the Mets and UFOs; three bedrooms, river view,
and a ghostly an early grave for pet cemeteries?; kids can have
near-death experiences, too; and more.

Software (pg 98)
Ensemble brings a Macintosh-style user interface and an
assortment of easy-to-learn programs to even the oldest PCs
at a bargain price.
by John Voelcker

Games (pg 102)
While the boss may find it subversive, office bulletin-board
humor has become a form of modern urban folklore. Take a look
at these classics and then send us yours.
by Scot Morris

Last Word (pg 104)
You can't take your work with you everywhere--or can you?
Introducing the Incessant Office, which brings the work to you.
by Robert Bixby