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Focusing on both science and science fiction, Omni enjoyed a long and venerable run, first published in October 1978. The print version lasted until Winter 1995, and while a digital version continued through 1997, eventually that, too, folded. That’s a damn shame, but what an amazingly cool treat that the entire run of the magazine is available for our perusal at the Internet Archive. Some days I really love the internet.
During its long history, Omni featured many who would go on to become notable contributors to science fiction literature, including Ben Bova, who worked as an editor for the mag. Omni also first published many stories that became genre classics, such as Harlan Ellison’s novella, Mephisto in Onyx and William Gibson’s Burning Chrome. It also published genre-leaning stories by more mainstream writers, including William S. Burroughs and Joyce Carol Oates.
as documented in another (now defunct) blog, from whose archives i shall one day extract the remainder for posting: occasionally ideas flash through my mind – concepts that i find weird, amusing, or cute – and unless i write them down immediately the are lost.
i call them short-story ideas, although i am unlikely ever to write them. here’s another that i found whilst sifting through some old notes:
The Bognor Keys: a small tropical island / an island / a sand-bank off the south coast of Britain, where knotty-hatted locals go to dive for pearls and seafood.Sank in 1956.
as the inspirons sleet through my brain, i have always had a list of neato ideas for twilight-zone-esque scifi short-stories in the back of my head.
another one hit me this morning, so i thought i might share a few for the purposes of archiving in the blog. they’re a bit corny, but i like doing them:
- the one where the woman overcharges her dustbuster, and when it is next switched on, it consumes the entire solar system; there is an argument that this may already have happened.
- the one where a guy at an IT company, by dint of working strange hours, card-swipes himself out of his building every night, but never swipes himself in. gradually he ceases to exist in the eyes of the rest of the world.
- the australian beer-cooler which is the cause of global warming.
- (elaborating on an old joke) – the apiarist who branches-out into earwigs, and sells chutney at a roadside stall.
- the demo-license for the universe, expires.
- lifecycle of the teabag tree.
- the discovery and subsequent marketing of the “pink flavour”.
Maybe I should flesh one of these out. Any preferences?