Omni presence

Between 1978 and 1998, Omni magazine brought both science news and science fiction to Britain and America. The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Omni is the first book to bring together a wide selection of some of the fantastical art and illustration which accompanied its stories

Robert Kittila, Cover, June 1981

Between 1978 and 1998, Omni magazine brought both science news and science fiction to Britain and America. The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Omni is the first book to bring together a wide selection of some of the fantastical art and illustration which accompanied its stories…

Omni was founded by Kathy Keaton and Bob Guccione, the man who had set up Penthouse magazine in 1965. It sought to explore both science and the paranormal and published stories by writers who would go onto become familiar names in science fiction: Orson Scott Card, William Gibson and George RR Martin all appeared in early editions, for example.

While the initial concept for the title was Keaton’s, the artists and illustrators whose work featured in each issue were apparently hand-picked by Guccione. These included names such as John Berkey, Chris Moore, HR Giger, Rafal Olbinski, Rallé, Tsuneo Sanda, Hajime Sorayama, Robert McCall and Colin Hay. The magazine ended its print version in 1995 and maintained a short life online until 1998.

The Mind’s Eye, which has just been published in the US by powerHouse Books features 185 examples of Omni’s art, including the selection below. The site, OmniReboot, carries information about the magazine and features an extensive library of all previous editions of the magazine.

The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Omni, edited by Jeremy Frommer and Rick Schwartz, is published by powerHouse Books ($60 US/Can). It features an introduction by one of Omni’s editors, Ben Bova. It is available from the PowerHouse shop, here.

Stanislaw Fernandes, World of Electronic Games: War No More, January 1992

Tsuneo Sanda, Cover, April 1993

Fred Jürgen Rogner, Cover, November 1980

Bruce Jensen, Cover, June 1992

David Jackson, Spaceships, February 1979.

Young Artist Ltd, Tour of the Universe, July 1981

Michael Parkes, Cover, December 1980

John Schoenherr, Dune, July 1980


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