Omni Magazine Entire Backlog Online

When I was a kid, I was introduced to science fiction two ways: through fantasy novels, which my Grandma collected, and through Omni Magazine, which my Grandma subscribed to (though I called her to check and she said she couldn’t remember…it may have actually been my Grandpa).

Omni magazine was cool in that it introduced me to the concept of the short story. Plus it had awesome gorgeous illustrations to go along with the stories. Ask me what story I remember most–I won’t be able to tell you, but what I can tell you was that it was about an angel because there was this wonderful image of an angel in the magazine.

Omni also had neat science articles—most of them went over my head, except one. It was an article on dreaming, and there was a section that talked about how to control your dreams. Something about learning how to recognize that you’re dreaming, and then building up to changing little things in your dream, until you’re able to to make big changes like being able to fly. That article so stuck with me, I ripped it out (Don’t know if my grandma knew) and took it home. I then spent the next several months trying to follow it. I think I did get to the point that I sort realized I was flying, (though I never really flew in my dreams; at the most, I’d hover two-three inches off the ground.) But still, for those couple of seconds before I woke up, it was the most awesome thing ever.

I think my Grandma let her subscription lapse, so it was a while before I learned they stopped producing any more issues. But now, you can read the entire series at the Internet Archive. I’m going to check it out now and see if I could find that dream article again. It’s been a while since I hovered in my dreams.


7 Responses

  1. OMG LaShawn – thank you so much for this! I loved reading Omni. There was a patina in the air after I’d read one of their short stories, a quality that I’d somehow missed before.

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  3. I was so excited to learn about all the OMNIs being available online! It played such an important role in my life – finding my identity as a kid who loved to read everything, especially strange things.
    How lucky you are to have had a flying dream, and a bit of a lucid dream at that! Lucky lucky!
    That article about lucid dreaming was from the pullout section in April 1987, btw, if you want to give it a try again. 🙂 But you’ll have to find it somewhere in an actual library, I think – they don’t have that part copied online! They talk about it in the intro though – the authors’ names were Stephen LaBerge and Jayne Gackenbach

    • Wow…good to know. Man, that sucks about the flying article only being in the print copy. I’ll have to do some searching for it. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. I read that article too, and I’ve been lucid dreaming on and off ever since.
    The first time I really did it a truck was coming at me, and I closed my eyes, rocketing into the air.
    I looked down and saw the truck and road miving away very fast.
    Needless to say I got good at flying fairly quickly.
    In the intervening years I’ve had some great adventures in those dreams, and I’d advise you to keep at it.
    You have to sleep anyway, might as well have fun with it.

  5. I was a kid when that article came out. I think I saw the commercial on t.v. and it was the only Omni magazine I’d ever bought.
    I practiced the instructions for a while but I think being only a kid, I wasn’t prepared for it.
    I got as far as jumping for very long distances, ( about a mile or so) but landing always jolted me awake and I eventually gave up.
    I hope someone finds and shares it.

  6. I read the article, too, it was a very short piece, but I was able to use it to lucid dream. I’ve looked for it many times over the years to no avail, but someone has now archived it! The first part seems to be the article. The part about the spinning I don’t recall being there previously, do you?

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