About the Author - Duncan Lunan
(photograph in the Chit Chat cafe in Troon - taken by Thomas Brash 2014)
Duncan Lunan grew up in Troon, Ayrshire, attending Marr College and Glasgow University. He is an M.A. with Honours in English and Philosophy with Physics, Astronomy and French as supporting subjects, and has a postgraduate Diploma in Education. He is a full-time author with emphasis on astronomy, spaceflight and science fiction, but undertakes a wide range of other writing as a researcher, tutor, including correspondence courses in English Literature, critic, researcher, lecturer and broadcaster. His publications include eight previous books, contributions to 26 other books, over 950 articles and 33 short stories including ten for the comic strip ‘Lance McLane’ created by Sydney Jordan. He was science fiction critic of the Glasgow Herald 1971-92 and as Manager of the Glasgow Parks Dept. Astronomy Project, 1978-79, he designed and built the first astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain for over 3000 years, featuring in “The Stones and the Stars”, Springer, 2012. “Incoming Asteroid!” (Springer, 2013) seeks to answer the question, ‘If we knew there was to be one in ten years’ time, what could we do?’. His regular astronomy and space column, ‘The Sky Above You’ has appeared in many newspapers and magazines since 1983.
Duncan Lunan was a Council Member of ASTRA, the Association in Scotland to Research into Astronautics, 1963-2010, serving at various times as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and on the Publications, Exhibitions and Waverider committees. He was Curator of Airdrie Public Observatory 1980-81, 1987-97 and 2005 to present, and in 2006-2009 ran an outreach educational project from the Observatory to schools, funded by the National Lottery. Duncan and Linda Lunan have now started ‘Astronomers of the Future’, an astronomy and space society primarily for beginners, meeting monthly in Troon. His other interests include ancient and mediaeval history, jazz, folk music and hillwalking.
Tom Jones interviews Duncan about his books and Sighthill Stone Circle