Omni September 1991

 

 

20 PREDICTIONS THAT
WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

THE OMNI-BERKELY
PERSONALITY TEST

RADICAL NEW WAY TO
RATE YOUR PERSONALITY

ABORTION PILL INVENTOR SPEAKS!

 
OMNI1991SeptLG

Vol.13 No. 12

Cover Art: "I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man, "wrote Chuang-tzu in the fourth century B.C.. Now, when consciousness is even more diversified, artist Will Cormier's image inspires a similar statement: "Do I see through the eyes of a butterfly, or through the prefabricated silicon matrix that makes a butterfly's eyes my own?"

 
Contents / Articles

First Word
The Nobel laureate explains why cold fusion won't solve
our energy woes and why conventional fusion might.
by Glenn T. Seaborg

Omnibus
The Who's Who of contributing authors

Communications
Readers' Writes

Digs
Bring out your dead: A few late residents of a long-vanished
town could have a lot to say about life in colonial times.
by Curt Wohleber

Artificial Intelligence
Attention, computer scientists! You have ten years
to create a real-life Hal by 2001.
by Lloyd Chrein

Space
Near-Earth asteriods have gotten a bum rap. Sure, they veer unnervingly
close to the earth, but they're also bursting with valuable materials.
Some scientists think we should pay one a neighborly visit.
by Devera Pine

Political Science
It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.
When it comes to industrial policy, the Bush administration
prefers not to play at all
by Tom Dworetzky

Mind
So's your mother: Name-calling, rude remarks and obscenities
abound in messages sent over the computer networks.
by Dough Stewart

Tools
Go build a kite; to patent something;
get a lawyer, not a videotape; and more.
by Sandy Fritz

Continuum
The New World was old news when Columbus found it; gum that would
probably keep its flavor on the bedpost overnight; and more.

Crystal Globe
There are no tall, dark, handsome strangers in sight. Instead these
predictions tackle the future of warfare, the environment and more.
by Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies

The Omni-Berkeley Personality Profile
Who am I? Why do I act the way I do? Everyone has asked these questions,
and they have even given rise to personality tests, including this one
developed for Omni. Responces mailed into Omni will contribute to one
of the largest personality databases ever.
by Keith Harary

Fiction: Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats
You've got nothing against cats. You've got nothing for them, either.
But you find that they have haunted your life from childhood to
marriage to your horrifying job.
by Michael Bishop

Pictorial: Legends on the Screen
Lillian Schwartz uses the computer as a digital fun house mirror,
blending different images to create a wholly modern form of portrait art.
by Sandy Fritz

Interview
RU 486 has realized biochemist Etienne-Emile Baulieu's dream of
creating an "abortion pill," but dealing with the resulting political
furor has proved a nightmare.
by Thomas Bass

Antimatter
UFO investigator: It's not just a job it's an adventure; elderly
women with blooodshot eyes should definitely avoid Tanzania; a wounded
psychic goes to courtl they poison bats, don't they?; and more

Computer Games
Bucking the system: Three computer games that break
all the rules but wind up winners.
by Jay Kee

Games
Mastering the Maze: Can you escape from
these three-dimensional labyrinths?
by Scot Morris

Last Word
Is your computer a little under the weather? Better consult
Dr. Victor Thrake, computer virologist extraordinaire,
before your machine goes down -- permanently.
by Mitch Coleman and Dave Jaffe