OMNI Magazine collection on the Internet Archive


The complete run of Omni, one of my all-time favorite magazines, is now available for free on the Internet Archive! In its late-1970s and 1980s heyday, Omni was a wonderful blend of technology, science, art, fiction, futurism, and high weirdness. It really inspired my own writing and interests. OMNI Magazine Collection (via Warren Ellis)

In fact, as I've posted before, if I could launch a new Boing Boing print magazine I'd want it to have this logo, courtesy of Mr. Beschizza:


UPDATE: Rob now says that this is what Boing Omni would look like...



  1. A sad passing. Omni was not only one of the last print mags to allot generous space to panel cartoonists but it (obviously) was a great place for geeky/left-field cartoonists. How many print mags other than the impenetrable New Yorker feature panel cartoons these days?

    1. ASIA!

      They certainly knew how to build a chorus by repeating the title of the song over and over and over again…

  2. Seriously, grab it while you can.  I got all of Polyhedron when it was at the Internet Archive, but a lot of the other gaming magazines have been taken down.  I’m running a job to download this right now.  Omni was a big influence in corrupting my young mind when I was young.

  3. I’m gonna have to go peruse this.  I read a lot of great short fiction in Omni as a kid/teen (my School District carried it in all the libraries.)

    1.  According to ISFDB his first published story was Ender’s Game in Analog, August 1977.

      1. Card’s “Unaccompanied Sonata” is one of the few Omni stories that really stuck in my teenage brain. It was probably a good 25 years later that I came across it again and found out who the author was.

  4. Yessssss!
    Time to revisit the old “Continuum” and “Antimatter” sections, the original Uncle John’s Reader in my book.

    Oh shit – “The Internet Archive’s sites are offline for scheduled maintenance and upgrades.”  I ain’t going nowhere until all those PDFs are in my greedy little hands.

  5. Dang, offline for maintenance.  Omni was the last magazine of my youth whose every issue was a breathlessly-awaited event.

  6.  Can’t wait to read these. Omni was inspiring about as often as it was nightmare fuel for me as a child. So many weird, life-changing moments in those pages!

  7. When I was in 8th grade I was sitting quietly on a bench reading OMNI when a coach literally (and I do mean literally) grabbed me by the ear and started dragging me to the office looking angry as hell. He must have seen how baffled I was because he stopped and asked me what I thought I was doing bringing THAT magazine to junior high. When I showed him the cover HE got confused and mumbled that he thought I was reading OUI magazine. Which was an entirely different thing.

    1. And how would he know?

      OUI was pretty good!  There are sites like for that stuiff.

  8. 10 years before that I enjoyed the original small format (8*x5″) “Science Digest” magazines

  9. I built my first robot because of OMNI. I just Googled for it and found it here:

    FWIW, it worked exactly as described in the article.

  10. The August 1982 PDF download seems to be stuck for me, anyone else having issues with this one?

  11. I remember in junior high this was my favorite magazine.  But I felt compelled to drop it in protest when Bob Guccione’s, um, OTHER magazine, ran nude pictures of Miss America.

    1. I think that same issue also had photo of Tracie Lords, who was later found to only be 15 years old, so technically having that issue is a crime. 

  12. Awwww!  What a blast from the past!  my FAVORITE!   What happened to it?  Why did it go away?  Reminds me of my other favorite mag BYTE.  BYTE was awesome in the late 70’s/80’s.  

  13. Praise FSM! FINALLY! I found the first 3 issues of OMNI in a neighbors trash can (I was a suburban scrounger) in ’79 or ’80? I admit, my first thought was I scored a stack of Penthouse, but OMNI turned out to be much, much better (yes, I am aware that the publishers were one and the same).

    Kept an ongoing subscription for many years. I loved its articles on future tech and gadgets and only dreamed that such stuff would come true. Now? Those things cost 99 cents and I install them on my tricorder (ermm, iPhone) all the time. 

    I miss you OMNI!

  14. Based on the date of their contest on how to use nitinol, I now realize I had a subscription to Omni at 12. That may explain a lot, or might be a chicken and the egg scenario…

  15. I’ve got about 75% of them sitting in cardboard boxes in my office right now that I rescued from the family loft before the house was demolished. I flipped over these mags when I was late teens. Genuinely couldn’t believe there was a magazine that served all my proto-geeky needs at the time. When they stopped publication it was a black day for me.

    So… how do you get that horrible musty smell out of old magazines anyway?

  16. I was a very early subscriber – maybe even issue 1. By rights my sensitive teenage mind should never have recovered from the shock if it, but I think I actually found most of it weirdly incomprehensible, although with some good stuff in between. I was also an early subscriber to 2000 A.D. It’s amazing I turned out to be such as boringly conventional adult.

  17. I have the full set from issue one sitting in a box on my workbench.  If someone would like the dead tree version, send me an email

  18. I mostly remember OMNI for the quizzes and puzzles.  That’s where I learned to convert F to C in my head.

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