Welcome to the website of Duncan Lunan
Duncan at Newgrange 2011 - photo by L Lunan
Welcome to my website, created in August 2013, the first one I’ve had and thanks entirely to my wife Linda, but for whose efforts it would not be here.
I have been a full-time writer since October 1970, as well as a researcher, speaker, broadcaster, editor, critic, tutor, and other aspects of the written, sung and spoken word. As of August 2013, I’ve published eight books, contributed to another 23, and published 33 short stories and over 900 articles. My main field is astronomy and spaceflight, I also write science fiction, and I have a broad range of other interests, particularly ancient and mediaeval history and folk music. I grew up in Troon, on the Ayrshire coast, and I ran folk clubs in Ayrshire for 16 years before moving to Glasgow for 30 years, returning to Troon with Linda in 2012. I was actively involved in ASTRA, Scotland’s national spaceflight society, from 1962 to 2011; I was a curator of Airdrie Public Observatory off and on for 18½ years between 1980 and 2008; I was Manager of the Glasgow Parks Astronomy Project, on which I designed and built the first astronomically aligned stone circle in the UK for 3500 years, and of the North Lanarkshire Astronomy Project, which did major work in schools between 2006 and 2009. If you want to know more about any of that, it’s in my Bio.
As a writer I’m often asked if I write under my own name (in my field, it would be pretty silly not to), or if the name I write under is really my own. Lunan is in fact a good old Scots name, and our family of Lunans have an interesting history, dating back to the 14th century. My mother’s background as a Fortescue is still more distinguished, dating back to the Barons Fort who were kings of Paris in the 6th and 7th centuries, but others have researched and published that so thoroughly that I don’t need to.
Topics are organised here under the titles of the books that they relate to, so if you’re looking for my work on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, you’ll find it under “Man and the Stars” and “Children from the Sky”; the Waverider spacecraft and Project Starseed are under “Man and the Planets”; “Incoming Asteroid!” speaks for itself; and for the big idea that underlies them all, this link will take you to the latest version of ‘The Politics of Survival’. The stone circle project is under “The Stones and the Stars”; For the campaign to save it please go to Change org Sighthill. ‘The Sky Above You’ covers my regular astronomy articles, broadcasts and courses available. The ‘Science Fiction’ heading takes you to a number of topics; among it all, I hope you find something of interest. If you would like a talk on any of it, “Talks and Events” page gives the list that I currently have available.
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