Omni--another successful Bob ( Penthouse) Guccione creation--came to be, according to its creator, as something "summoned up from the frost-cool morning of my youth. Omni, born in the breathless dreams of that long-ago child. . . . It was much smaller then . . . a joy . . . the size of a matchbox . . . a flat, thumb polished, silvery case bursting with exotic wires and tubes. . . . When I held it to my forehead, I could see the future." 1
Notwithstanding what the mystery of this silvery case might be, Omni has survived almost two decades now, and will continue to "see" into the future of scientific fact and fancy. Are science and art really compatible? Judging by the glossy, silvery, colorful pages of stunning photography and artistic reproductions, perhaps Omni proves that they can be. Indeed, Omni's greatest contribution to the futuristic/scientific milieu is this effort to enhance the awareness of patterns, colors, and the artistic creativity one can find in the lowest forms of life, or in the abstract designs of computer graphics. True to the promise of its publisher, Omni has displayed in its pages the best of modern and contemporary art--from Marc Chagall and Fernando Botero to Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and René Magritte. The October 1986 special anniversary issue bore a futuristic Botticelli Venus on the cover. Omni's graphic design and layout pays homage to symbolism, as in the silvery pages of Continuum contrasted with the red against black of the Anti-Matter column, as well as in the illustrations for the science fiction stories it publishes. Omni has published some of the most outstanding science fiction of our times, and the magazine has received numerous prizes for its artistic and overall quality, such as the Overseas and the Westinghouse Press awards.
According to Kathy Keeton, president of Omni Corporation, and Guccione's partner, "People are interested not in the nuts and bolts of science, but in its
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Publication information: Book title: American Mass-Market Magazines. Contributors: Alan Nourie - Editor, Barbara Nourie - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 341.