Everybody knows that Omni was the coolest magazine of the 1980s, mashing up science, science fiction, and a healthy dash of pseudo-science. But what many fans of the magazine might not know is that it nearly had a different name. It was supposed to be called Nova.
Editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow has read countless stories, from her tenure at Omni Magazine to her recent slew of fantastic themed anthologies. In a new interview at Papercuts, she explains the biggest mistake she sees beginning writers making: creating a situation instead of plotting a story.
The new issue of Vice Magazine is entirely devoted to Bob Guccione, Sr., including his role as original publisher of Omni Magazine. And they're featuring some amazing artworks from the magazine.
Omni Magazine influenced a generation of science fiction-fans and scientists, and it had a huge role in inspiring io9. So it's amazing news that investor Jeremy Frommer is bringing the magazine back to life online, with science writer Claire Evans as the new editor.
This image comes from a 1978 issue of futurist magazine OMNI, to illustrate an article on robots. In this picture, and several others below, you can see the cyberpunk look of the 1980s slowly erasing the more surreal, hallucinatory scifi styles of the 1960s and 70s. (One image possibly NSFW.)