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A l'écoute des galaxies [French] [Hardcover]

Duncan Lunan


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Duncan Lunan was born in 1945 and 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, plus a wide range of other writing and speaking, as a researcher, tutor, critic, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. His books to date are "Man and the Stars", "New Worlds for Old", "Man and the Planets", "Starfield" (edited), "With Time Comes Concord" and "Children from the Sky". "The Stones and the Stars" is due from Springer at the end of November 2012. He has contributed to 21 other books and his publications include over 760 articles and 33 short stories including ten for the comic strip 'Lance McLane' created by Sydney Jordan, who has illustrated "Children from the Sky". He was science fiction critic of the Glasgow Herald 1971-92, founded the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers' Circle, 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, described in "The Stones and the Stars".
His latest book, "Children from the Sky", is a speculative investigation of the mediaeval mystery of the Green Children of Woolpit. After ten years of research Duncan offers identifications of the date and locales of the story and of the principal characters, including the green girl herself. Both mediaeval chronicles which tell the story state that she survived into adulthood, and Duncan has traced two families of her descendants to the present. Part 3 of the book, 'Speculation', attempts to explain the mysterious parts of the story which led Robert Burton to place it in the astronomy section of The Anatomy of Melancholy in 1621. If true, they would imply extraterrestrial abductions, for experimental purposes, with the knowledge if not the connivance of some of the authorities of the day - "The scenario of The X-Files in the 12th Century."
Duncan is Director of the educational company Astronomers of the Future. From 1963 to 2010 he was a Council Member of ASTRA, the Association in Scotland to Research into Astronautics, was Curator of Airdrie Public Observatory 1980-81, 1987-97 and 2005-2008, and in 2006-2009 ran an educational outreach project from the Observatory to schools, funded by the National Lottery. His other interests include ancient and mediaeval history, hillwalking, jazz and folk music - he ran folk song clubs in Ayrshire for 16 years, and organised the ceilidhs for the World Science Fiction Conventions in Glasgow in 1995 and 2005.

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