From the Moon to the Stars

Other Side Books are delighted to announce the publication of From the Moon to the Stars by Duncan Lunan.

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Duncan Lunan has been a full time author, researcher, lecturer, broadcaster, editor, critic and tutor since 1970, specialising in astronomy, spaceflight and science fiction. He has published 9 books to date and contributed to 36 more, with 36 previously published stories and over 1500 articles. He was science fiction critic of the Glasgow Herald from 1971 to 1985, and ran the paper’s SF and fantasy short story competition from 1986 to 1992. As Manager of the Glasgow Parks Department’s Astronomy Project in 1978-79, he built the first astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain for over 3000 years (recreated at a new site in 2019); he was on the management committee of Airdrie Public Observatory from 1977 to 2008, serving as a curator for 18½ years, and ran the North Lanarkshire Astronomy Project 2006-2009. Currently he is Treasurer of the educational charity ACTA SCIO, co-editor of its magazine Space and Scotland, and Past Chair of the Astronomers of the Future Club in his home town of Troon, to which he returned with his wife Linda in 2012. His monthly astronomy column ‘The Sky Above You’ appears in various newspapers and magazines.

We are also delighted to include illustrations by the legendary Sydney Jordan, creator of Jeff Hawke for the Daily Express and Lance McLane for the Daily Record. Lance McLane was syndicated overseas as a new version of Jeff Hawke, making Hawke the world’s longest-running science fiction comic strip, 1954-1988, with 10 stories written fully, in part or suggested by Duncan Lunan. Sydney provided the covers for Duncan’s books Children from the Sky, Starfield and The Elements of Time, illustrated all the stories in The Elements of Time and contributed illustrations to Children from the Sky, Duncan’s most recent nonfiction book, Incoming Asteroid! What Could We Do About It?.

Collected together for the first time, From the Moon to the Stars collects short stories from across Duncan’s career, as well as memories, history and anecdotes of his life. There is also some non-fiction, including a sterling defence of the Apollo programme from conspiracy theorists.

You can buy From the Moon to the Stars here.

A Kindle version will be along soon.

You can read an in-depth interview with Duncan Lunan from 2010 here.

And more information can be found on Duncan’s website here.

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