Sunday, January 29, 2012

Omni

I've been a fan of both science and science fiction as long as I can remember, but one of the things that really had a big influence on me just as I was coming into my own (and, perhaps not coincidentally, while I was deep into my discovery of Dungeons and Dragons) was Omni magazine.

I was fortunate that my high school library had a subscription to Omni from the beginning in 1978. Every month I would pour through its pages, and was invariably entertained and educated. It was a mix of hard science, science fiction, evocative artwork, and pseudoscience such as UFOs. But its glossy pages had enough gravitas to get authors like Robert Heinlein, Carl Sagan, Orson Scott Card, William Gibson, and George R.R. Martin, whose seminal short story Sandkings first appeared in its pages. The work of artists such as H.R. Geiger and Rallé graced its covers.

This was great stuff for someone in the 12-year-old crowd; there was a lot of learning in those pages, but a lot of fun as well. I was already a sci-fi fan, but Omni opened up new worlds of "serious" science fiction, as well as science speculation. I very much miss Omni's unique blend of science and fiction.

3 comments:

Dr Rotwang! said...

I hadda subscription to OMNI, too--form around 1990 to the end.

Joshua said...

I've never had the pleasure of experiencing this magazine, though I was aware of it. I think there's even a brief glance at the magazine in the news stand in Blade Runner somewhere, though I might be mistaken.

Michael Moscrip said...

My parents were very supportive of my interest in reading, science, and sci-fi, and part of that was a subscription to Omni during the 70s from the time I was around 9 or so to about 14. I remember seeing the old DnD ads in it, especially the one with a guy at a party wearing a tux and a medieval helm. :)