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Enter the world of Omni & explore the recesses of the human mind. Experience 17 more original science fiction works in volume II. Travel to the stars & beyond & glimpse the world of tomorrow from the writings of some of the best Sci Fi writers of our time, including Harlan Ellison, Spider Robinson, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, & many others. * 9 • Foreword (The Second O Enter the world of Omni & explore the recesses of the human mind. Experience 17 more original science fiction works in volume II. Travel to the stars & beyond & glimpse the world of tomorrow from the writings of some of the best Sci Fi writers of our time, including Harlan Ellison, Spider Robinson, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, & many others. * 9 • Foreword (The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Ellen Datlow * 11 • On the Slab • (1981) • shortstory by Harlan Ellison * 25 • Lobotomy Shoals • (1979) • shortstory by Juleen Brantingham * 41 • Fivesight • (1979) • shortstory by Spider Robinson * 67 • Icons • (1981) • shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg * 71 • The Genius House • novelette by Dmitri Bilenkin * 107 • The Man Who Met Picasso • (1982) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick * 129 • The Vacuum-Packed Picnic • (1979) • shortstory by Rick Gauger * 155 • Blind Spot • (1981) • shortstory by Jayge Carr * 183 • A Sepulchre of Songs • (1981) • novelette by Orson Scott Card (aka A Sepulcher of Songs) [as by Orson Scott Card ] * 217 • Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-Made Truly Egyptian Mummy • (1981) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury * 235 • Triggering • (1982) • shortstory by John Shirley * 255 • Out of Luck • (1980) • shortstory by Walter Tevis * 275 • Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams • (1982) • novelette by Dan Simmons * 315 • Vox Olympica • (1981) • novelette by Michael Bishop * 345 • Forever • (1981) • shortstory by Damon Knight * 355 • Johnny Mnemonic • (1981) • shortstory by William Gibson * 381 • Waiting for the Earthquake • (1981) • novelette by Robert Silverberg


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Enter the world of Omni & explore the recesses of the human mind. Experience 17 more original science fiction works in volume II. Travel to the stars & beyond & glimpse the world of tomorrow from the writings of some of the best Sci Fi writers of our time, including Harlan Ellison, Spider Robinson, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, & many others. * 9 • Foreword (The Second O Enter the world of Omni & explore the recesses of the human mind. Experience 17 more original science fiction works in volume II. Travel to the stars & beyond & glimpse the world of tomorrow from the writings of some of the best Sci Fi writers of our time, including Harlan Ellison, Spider Robinson, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, & many others. * 9 • Foreword (The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction) • essay by Ellen Datlow * 11 • On the Slab • (1981) • shortstory by Harlan Ellison * 25 • Lobotomy Shoals • (1979) • shortstory by Juleen Brantingham * 41 • Fivesight • (1979) • shortstory by Spider Robinson * 67 • Icons • (1981) • shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg * 71 • The Genius House • novelette by Dmitri Bilenkin * 107 • The Man Who Met Picasso • (1982) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick * 129 • The Vacuum-Packed Picnic • (1979) • shortstory by Rick Gauger * 155 • Blind Spot • (1981) • shortstory by Jayge Carr * 183 • A Sepulchre of Songs • (1981) • novelette by Orson Scott Card (aka A Sepulcher of Songs) [as by Orson Scott Card ] * 217 • Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-Made Truly Egyptian Mummy • (1981) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury * 235 • Triggering • (1982) • shortstory by John Shirley * 255 • Out of Luck • (1980) • shortstory by Walter Tevis * 275 • Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams • (1982) • novelette by Dan Simmons * 315 • Vox Olympica • (1981) • novelette by Michael Bishop * 345 • Forever • (1981) • shortstory by Damon Knight * 355 • Johnny Mnemonic • (1981) • shortstory by William Gibson * 381 • Waiting for the Earthquake • (1981) • novelette by Robert Silverberg

30 review for The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I don't know who gave me this book. Some kind soul dropped it in the 'Free To A Good Home' box at my son's daycare, nestled between a Harlequin romance and a Readers Digest Condensed collection. I owe them a drink. Any short story collection with William Gibson's classic Johnny Mnemonic and Spider Robinson's Fivesight is already a winner. Add the hilarious Vacuum Packed Picnic by Rick Gauger, and the equally funny and yet revealing Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-Made Truly Egyptian Mummy from I don't know who gave me this book. Some kind soul dropped it in the 'Free To A Good Home' box at my son's daycare, nestled between a Harlequin romance and a Readers Digest Condensed collection. I owe them a drink. Any short story collection with William Gibson's classic Johnny Mnemonic and Spider Robinson's Fivesight is already a winner. Add the hilarious Vacuum Packed Picnic by Rick Gauger, and the equally funny and yet revealing Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-Made Truly Egyptian Mummy from Ray Bradbuy and it's become a must read. There are great, touching stories by Orson Scott Card and Dan Simmonds and.... actually darn it, they're almost all great, and the couple that didn't speak to me just might work for you. Find a copy and read it. I'm off to see if I can find volume one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brett Dewey

    With Johnny Mnemonic this collection of Sci Fi shorts was off to a great start... many good tales, but I have the most fond memories of The Man Who Met Picasso...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Gibbs

    Great book, I found this 20 years ago in a small library and have remembered it since

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    A good collection of SF from the pages of OMNI magazine, a magazine which combined science and science fiction/fantasy, which was published from 1978 to 1995 ( when it went online but ceased publication in '96). This collection was edited by Ellen Datlow and published in 1984. I found it an interesting mix of some of the "old" stars who arose in the 30s to the 50s, such as Bradbury, Damon Knight, Ellison, and Bob Silverberg, and the rising "new" stars of the 80s, such as Dan Simmons and William A good collection of SF from the pages of OMNI magazine, a magazine which combined science and science fiction/fantasy, which was published from 1978 to 1995 ( when it went online but ceased publication in '96). This collection was edited by Ellen Datlow and published in 1984. I found it an interesting mix of some of the "old" stars who arose in the 30s to the 50s, such as Bradbury, Damon Knight, Ellison, and Bob Silverberg, and the rising "new" stars of the 80s, such as Dan Simmons and William Gibson. Here are my ratings: "On the Slab" by Harlan Ellison (1934-2018) ***** "Lobotomy Shoals" by Juleen Brantingham (1942-- ) *** "Fivesight" by Spider Robinson ( 1948--) **** "Icons" by Barry Malzberg (1939--) ** "The Genius House" by Dmitri Bilenkin (1933-1987) *** (translated from the Russian) "The Man Who Met Picasso" by Michael Swanwick (1950--) *** "The Vacuum-Packed Picnic" by Rick Gauger (1942--) **** "Blind Spot" by Jayge Carr (1940-2006) *** "A Sepulcher of Songs" by Orson Scott Card (1951--) **** "Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Homemade Truly Egyptian Mummy" by Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) ***** "Triggering" by John Shirley (1953--) *** "Out of Luck" by Walter Tevis (1928-1984) *** " Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams" by Dan Simmons (1948--) ***** "Vox Olympica" by Michael Bishop (1945--) **** "Forever" by Damon Knight (1922-2002) **** "Johnny Mnemonic" by William Gibson (1948--) *** "Waiting for the Earthquake" by Robert Silverberg (1935--) **** No surprise, perhaps, that my three favorites here are by my three favorite authors in the collection--Ellison, Bradbury, and Simmons. Malzberg's story- I thought- was a weak one, but I have not been a big fan of his... I rate the overall collection ****.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. Each of the selections is a different variety of science fiction.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Asteinb1

  7. 4 out of 5

    Constructionv4

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashok Banker

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  10. 5 out of 5

    Richard Pennock

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe Taleroski

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hilliary

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve Ingle

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Connie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott Shjefte

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael Higginbotham

  19. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  23. 4 out of 5

    yellowbird

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ray Savarda

  26. 4 out of 5

    Glenn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim Meechan

  28. 5 out of 5

    TrumanCoyote

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pattie Brassard

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rob

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