Duncan in orbit

December 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Glasgow based science writer Duncan Lunan has had an exceptionally good Christmas and is looking forward to more in the New Year. As this ENEWS letter is circulating, a two hour long interview he did with Nancy Wallace of the United States online BBS Radio will be broadcast. In it he will discuss his book –’Children from the Sky’. This is his investigation of the mediaeval mystery of the Green Children of Woolpit. Two children – green in colour – speaking a strange language and dressed in unidentifiable clothes, suddenly appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk.

Listen online: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nancywallacewhatdoyouthink/2011/12/28/what-do-you-think and click on: “Download this episode”

Another programme from the online station will interview Duncan on Friday 6 January 2012. And other online radio stations have picked up on his work. The book can be ordered through Amazon and was accepted by Mutus Liber, publishers early in December. Duncan signed two new book contracts in September with international publishers Springer Science & Business Media.

Already he and his wife Linda are preparing for a book launch party and have ‘booked’ a cake from Sugarcraft of Mosspark.

Children from the Sky is expected to feature in an issue of 55 Life Glasgow magzine around now. (www.55life.co.uk)

Dunan’s other book signings are for ‘The Stones and the Stars: A New Stone Circle for Scotland’ and ‘Incoming Asteroid! What Could We Do About It?’ Both titles will be illustrated by Sydney Jordan from Dundee, the creator of Jeff Hawke, the world’s longest-running science fiction strip cartoon which appeared, worldwide, from 1954 to 1988.

The ‘Stones and Stars’ book is the story of the building of the first astronomically aligned stone circle in the UK in 3000 years – at Sighthill in Glasgow. Duncan was the manager of the Glasgow Parks Department Astronomy Project in 1978-79 which commissioned the circle. Funding ran out and it remains unfinished though current moves may allow it to be completed in 2012. In his volume, Duncan puts that project into a wider context of ancient astronomy and of earth’s place in the Solar System and the Galaxy.

The other title – ‘Incoming Asteroid!’carries on discussion among experts and thinking amateurs about what could be done if it was known there would be a Big Impact in 10 years’ time.

Duncan Lunan has written three previous books on space research, edited the first anthology of science fiction by Scottish writers, contributed to 19 other fiction and non-fiction books, and published 30 short stories and over 700 articles.

More information on Duncan and his work can be found at: www.astronomersofthefuture.net and




Green for go with Green Children

September 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Writer Duncan (left) and publisher Sean shake after signing the book deal.

A medieval mystery surrounding green children who appeared suddenly in a community, will be revealed by Scots writer Duncan Lunan in his book to be published in the spring.

He signed with publisher Mutus Liber of Edinburgh this week for his

title ‘Children of the Sky’. Said Glasgow based writer and astronomer Duncan: ‘I’ve been working on this story for 18 years so the book signing is not an instant thrill – more of a steady growing pleasure – like a good malt!’  Since he was in the Bon Accord pub in North Street at the time for the book signing party, he knew what he was talking about.

The story is around 12th century records – which he’s actually handled – which tell of  green children suddenly arriving in a village in East Anglia. Astronomer Duncan has long held the theory that the children were transported to Earth from another planet in error by a malfunctioning matter transmitter. It is his exploration of this theory that is expounded in his new book.

In addition, he and his wife Linda recently visited East Anglia where an American company filmed his re-enactment of his researches in the area for a National Geographic television programme. ‘This should be shown about the time  the book is published,’ said Duncan.

Mutus Liber (Silent Book) publisher Sean Martin, was delighted to sign up Duncan’s work. ‘Personally, I’ve had a long-standing interest in unexplained events,’ said Sean who is based in Edinburgh. ‘The power of mystery and the cultural and psychological elements in promoting mystery are enchanting. Duncan’s Green Children story shows a more imaginative relationship with the environment which was perhaps experienced in the past but to a great extent has been lost today.’  He added: ‘I am very very pleased to sign up Duncan’s book. He has been researching it constantly for 18 years and I am amazed at his dedication to this story.’

An established author himself, Sean said Duncan had helped a lot of people get published throughout the years. ‘In a sense, he’s reaping what he sowed because of his help to the science fiction community throughout the years. But his book is based on solid research,’ said Sean.

Duncan was scheduled to be speaking on BBC Radio Scotland about 5.55 on  Friday 16 September about the newly discovered double star planet.