Omni Magazine Free Downloads

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Yesterday while having lunch with my wife, I off-handedly said to her that a fun project would be to relaunch a new version of Omni Magazine. Originally published in late 1978, running through till 1995, Omni covered a lot of the same ground that we do here on TDG - interesting new science, science on the fringe, and even science 'beyond' the fringe through its wonderful science fiction shorts (authored by SFF giants such as Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Robert Heinlein, Stanislaw Lem, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison, and Ben Bova, along with art by the likes of H.R.Giger and other wonderful artists).

So it was a nice little synchronicity - and a wonderful, pleasant surprise! - when, late last night, I learned that pretty much the complete run of Omni is available to download freely from the Internet Archive! Quickly browsing through the issues, it's interesting to see how things have changed (and some not so much) in the 34 years since Omni's first issue. In terms of stasis, in the first few issues there is some coverage of the looming space shuttle era, which has only just now come to a close. On the other hand, with coverage of the beginnings of personal computing (along with cute ads for fledgling companies like Apple), there's also a sense of how far we've come.

Along with those technological markers, and the wonderful science fiction stories, there's plenty of coverage of the big science issues of the day, along with a number of articles on 'fringe science' topics such as parapsychology and UFOs (the latter getting the skeptical treatment pretty much every issue through James Oberg's regular column).

So much to read and enjoy. Go grab them all, and I'll see you back here in December...

Download Omni Magazine issues from the Internet Archive

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Inannawhimsey's picture
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now i don't have to feel so guilty aboot dumping all my issues...

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All that lives is holy, life delights in life.

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Omni Magazine was my most favorite Magazine. I had every issue once. Now, they are all gone into the hands of my former students. They loved using it to stimulate their minds as it did mine. It was so well illustrated and succinct in its editorial management. I designed magazines in my past and it had a big impact upon my offerings. I do sincerely wish someone would reinvent its format and bring us back to the greatness of the product. Thanks for reminding me where my first stimulus came from...

Ron O. Cook

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Wholeheartedly agree. The illustrations were phenomenal! They were a great counterbalance with the fantastic content.

It was great that OMNI got to be published in Spanish in the 80s :)

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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You know, back when I was in college, and I could buy US copies of OMNI, I couldn't help wondering whether their disappearance had something to do with one of their last projects: trying to find the truth about UFOs ;)

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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I always bought Omni in airports, and it became my "flying" magazine of choice. After it tanked flying on airplanes was never quite the same.

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when we were cleaning out my brothers old things we found tons of these and other sci-fi comics. it was fun to see how the world has changed.

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

"..cast thou the Holy Circle of Starry Light..."

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G'day

I loved reading, and re-reading, Omni but lost all my cherished mags in a house fire.

For those wanting to get the lot the easy way check these torrents:

http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7790414/O...

http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7766357/O...

I am downloading the first one and it is already at 1%

Regards
Chris

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Frank Kendig, Omni Magazine's original editor, passed away on Friday.

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Thanks for pointing this out, amigo.

I owe this gentleman a great debt. Descanse en Paz.

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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