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Aug 8 2013 3:50pm

What Can the Future Do For Me? OMNI Reboot Launches Today!

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OMNI, the magazine that showed us the future we all actually want to live in, has returned as OMNI Reboot! OMNI published a print magazine from 1978-1995, and moved to an all-online format until it closed in 1998 following the death of its co-founder, Kathy Keeton. The spirit of the original magazine is finding new life in OMNI Reboot, with Claire L. Evans as the editor-in-chief. Evans authored this fantastic piece on OMNI’s history for Motherboard back in May, in which she described her love for the magazine and gave an outline of its storied history, and followed up with an article about its return. These articles highlight the most important thing about OMNI: it erased boundaries, and pushed its readers to look at science as part of a larger cultural conversation.

When you opened an issue of OMNI you’d find remarkable fiction (like, William Gibson, George R.R. Martin, Julio Cortazar, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and William S. Burroughs) right next to interviews with scientists like Freeman Dyson, and then you might turn the page and see art by H.R. Giger, which would give way in turn to a serious article about alien abduction. It didn’t just try to make science fun—it put the beauty of science right in the foreground for its readers to see.

OMNI Reboot promises to draw on the print magazine’s 18-year history, but more importantly states that it has to be new “in order to be truly OMNI,” and to act as a “future radar.” In their first week back online they already have fiction from Bruce Sterling and Rudy Rucker, an interview with their original editor-in-chief Ben Bova, and some haunting philosophical work about the end of the world. You can follow OMNI Reboot on Twitter, and you can also access the entire back-catalog of the print magazine, if you want to see how our future is stacking up so far.


Leah Schnelbach always hoped the future would be like ‬‪Quantum Leap‬‪, but she guesses an OMNI future is acceptable.

5 comments
Edward German
1. Captain48
This is some cool news, I read the origanal omni back in the day. I have downloaded some of the old issues off the net. Now that they are back sounds excellent. I will have to check out the new site.
tigeraid
2. tigeraid
omgomgomgomgogmogmogmogmogmogmgomgogggggg...

I was born in 1980, and grew up snatching these magazines off my grandpa's coffee table and just STARING at the art for hours on end. Really brought me into loving sci-fi.

I was so happy to see that back-catalogue available online. Gonna follow this new one for sure!
Ian Tregillis
4. ITregillis
Hey, welcome back, OMNI. I hope you can stick around for a while!

I feel like I've just rediscovered a piece of my childhood. When I was a little boy, my father had a coworker who subscribed to OMNI. Every month he'd pass the issue along after he read it, and dad would give it to me. So many pieces of random information that I carry in my head even today come from OMNI...
tigeraid
5. Angiportus
Although I recall both the content and style as uneven of quality, and the bald sex-dolls on the covers nauseated me, there were some good bits. Let's see what they do now...

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