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Old 10-04-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default OMNI IS BACK!!!

and the first interview I've seen in it is of PAUL STAMETS!!

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...and it's a good 'un...

http://omnireboot.com/qa/paul-stamets-unbound/
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That was a great magazine in it's prime. Not just for science, it also had great science fiction.
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What is Omni?
It was a great science magazine that went out of print.
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Didn't Guiccione take over that magazine before it died?
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If it were really cool and rock and roll.
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In the interview w/ Stamets he talks about how Omni made the decision to stop printing because Intrawebz.

Not sure about the Guccione thing. I can't see it, personally, he was doing fine w/ Penthouse, etc.
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I'm still a huge fan of Scientific American and National Geographic. And my mom sends me her old copies of Science News as well as Science. Love, love, love that stuff.
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In the interview w/ Stamets he talks about how Omni made the decision to stop printing because Intrawebz.

Not sure about the Guccione thing. I can't see it, personally, he was doing fine w/ Penthouse, etc.
So I looked it up.

It was founded by Kathy Keeton and Bob Guccione before they were married, heh. They were already collaborators. It was her idea.

I remember reading a very long article about Guccione and his interest in science that was rather fascinating, that he was very involved in something... fuck I wish I could remember. gah. But it was her idea originally. Well at least my memory isn't totally gone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omni_%28magazine%29

Edit to add, this is what we mean when talking about great sci-fi in that mag:

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In its early run, Omni published a number of stories that have become genre classics, such as Orson Scott Card's "Unaccompanied Sonata", William Gibson's "Burning Chrome", "New Rose Hotel" and "Johnny Mnemonic", and George R. R. Martin's "Sandkings". The magazine also published original science fiction and fantasy by William S. Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, Julio Cortazar, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and other mainstream writers. The magazine excerpted Stephen King's novel Firestarter, and featured a short story, "The End of the Whole Mess". Omni also brought the works of numerous painters to the attention of a large audience, such as H. R. Giger, De Es Schwertberger and Rallé. In the early 1980s, popular fiction stories from Omni were reprinted in "The Best of Omni Science Fiction" series and featured art by space artists like Robert McCall.
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Also, it had nothing to do with the internet, which was no threat in 96. Guccione was talking about the price of printing or something. Weird.

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Keeton died of breast cancer the following year. Perhaps she was already ill and that had more to do with it. I don't know.
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Cody, OMNI was I sub-cultural phenomenon. I don't know for sure but for me it was the 80s. I have hope but I kinda doubt they will be able to recreate it as it was. I worry that it was "of its time".

Oryx, me to. National Geographic (which my dad STILL pay for a subscription for me) and Scientific American and OMNI were my life blood in the 80s.
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I got NatGeo up until last year or so, but still get Smithsonian [another yummy one]. SciAm haven't read much since, I think, the 90s.
I have been avoiding getting magazines in general, lately, because clutter. I have a stack'n'a'half of them and should probably donate them to local waiting rooms, schools, etc.
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Agreed on Smithsonian. It's fantastic.

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I got NatGeo up until last year or so, but still get Smithsonian [another yummy one]. SciAm haven't read much since, I think, the 90s.
I have been avoiding getting magazines in general, lately, because clutter. I have a stack'n'a'half of them and should probably donate them to local waiting rooms, schools, etc.
Geo magazine! That was great, I had a subscription for years. Is there still a US edition?
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Speaking of NatGeo, thought you all might like this:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/20...mpaign=Content
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OH. HELL. YES.



I fear only one thing, though: As mentioned above, the original was a haven for good sci-fi. But sadly the genre has withered...
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There is still plenty of great sci-fi out there, you just have to know where to look for it. You really need to keep up with the genre because it's very splintered now but god knows I've read plenty of brilliant sci-fi the past ten years.

My fear is that it can never be the same, Omni, because the creators of the magazine are both dead.

It would be very different.
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Don't forget:

Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (since 1949)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (since 1931)

Asimov's Science Fiction (since 1977)
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My dad subscribed to Analog, and I read them all [60s]. Read the Dune series there, first.
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I subscribed to Asimov's from '80 till sometime around '86.
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Oh, and don't forget Astounding Science Fiction especially for early SciFi.
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Astounding Science Fiction was renamed Analog Science Fact & Fiction in 1961. Later, Fact & Fiction were reversed making it Analog Science Fiction & Fact.
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