Omni (Winter 2017)

{5/5} “From brutal genocides, to generations of slavery, to famines, the tragedies endured by our ancestors may linger in our bodies and influence the outcome of our lives. Now scientists are saying that this kind of trauma can alter expression of our genes — including those that cause cancer and control stress in the brain.”

Omni Winter 2017

In Nancy Kress’ “Every Hour of Light and Dark” a person who operates a machine that grabs artwork from the past becomes enamored of a certain painting and decides to keep it for himself. In Maureen McHugh’s “Sidewalks” a speech pathologist evaluates a woman who everyone else thinks is speaking gibberish — but Rosni thinks she’s speaking Old English. In Rich Larson’s “Verweile Doch (But Linger)” Cesar can stop time whenever he wants to — he’s spent a whole month exploring a restaurant while everyone else was frozen, including his dad who has cancer.

I haven’t read many magazines lately, and often when I pick up a magazine I don’t get to everything in it. But I read this one from cover to cover so I thought I’d review it. 

Omni was a magazine that was printed between 1978 and 1995, and then online until 1997. It has recently been resurrected and the first new issue is labelled “Winter 2017.”

The subtitle is “Science, imagination, and the future.” It’s a terrific issue, with fascinating stories and articles and beautiful photos and artwork.

The theme of the issue is time. There are are articles about time travel, generation starships, longevity, the computer game “Civilization,” and an interview with William Gibson.

This is top-notch: if I was going to read a magazine on a regular basis, this is one I would read.

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