WorldCat Identities

Lunan, Duncan 1945-

Overview
Works: 22 works in 70 publications in 5 languages and 1,552 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Book reviews  Science fiction  Popular works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QB54, 523.2
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Duncan Lunan
New worlds for old by Duncan Lunan( Book )

8 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man and the planets : the resources of the solar system by Duncan Lunan( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man and the stars : contact & communication with other intelligence by Duncan Lunan( Book )

15 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interstellar contact by Duncan Lunan( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starfield : the anthology of science fiction by Scottish writers( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Incoming asteroid! : what could we do about it? by Duncan Lunan( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lately there have been more and more news stories on objects from space such as asteroids, comets, and meteors whizzing past Earth. One even exploded in the atmosphere over a Russian city in 2012, causing real damage and injuries. Impacts are not uncommon in our Solar System, even on Earth, and people are beginning to realize that we must prepare for such an event here on Earth. What if we knew there was going to be an impact in 10 years time? What could we do? Its not so far in the future that we can ignore the threat, and not so soon that nothing could be done. The author and his colleagues set out to explore how they could turn aside a rock asteroid, one kilometer in diameter, within this 10-year timescale. Having set themselves this challenge, they identified the steps that might be taken, using technologies that are currently under development or proposed. They considered an unmanned mission, a follow-up manned mission, and a range of final options, along with ways to reduce the worst consequences for humanity if the impact cannot be prevented. With more warning, the techniques described could be adapted to deal with more severe threats. If successful, they can generate the capability for a much expanded human presence in space thereafter. With the dangers now beginning to be recognized internationally and with major new programs already in motion, the prospects for civilization and humanity, in relation to the danger of impacts, look much more hopeful than they did only a decade ago."--Page 4 of cover
Beyond this horizon : an anthology of science fiction and science fact by Ceolfrith Arts Centre( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stones and the stars : building Scotland's newest megalith by Duncan Lunan( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are at least 48 identified prehistoric stone circles in Scotland. In truth, very little is known about the people who erected them, and ultimately about what the stone circles were for. Most stone circles are astronomically aligned, which has led to the modern debate about why the alignment was significant. The megaliths certainly represented an enormous co-operative effort, would at the very least have demonstrated power and wealth, and being set away from any dwellings probably served a ceremonial, or perhaps religious, purpose. Observations at the site of the stone circles, of solar
The mysterious signals from outer space by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ren lei yu xing chen by Gösta Carl Henrik Ehrensvärd( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in Chinese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Children from the sky by Duncan Lunan( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late 12th century, two very strange children came out of an ancient earthwork at the village of Woolpit in East Anglia. They wore clothes of a colour and material never seen before, spoke a language nobody recognised, and were coloured green all over. Later, when they had learned 'our manner of speaking', and lost their green colour, they described a homeland which was no place on Earth. The boy died within a year, but the girl grew up and married. Is this a fairy story, or were the children runaways from some primitive tribe? In the 17th century Robert Burton included them in the astronomy section of The Anatomy of Melancholy, suggesting that they came from another world. Could it be true? Duncan Lunan has located the places in the story and traced the people, who turn out to be real, though mysterious, and very highly connected. The incident at Woolpit was one of a series at linked sites, and seems to have been anticipated by the authorities of the time. Lunan traces the green girl, traces her descendants to the present day, and investigates strange things happening in the sky and other events relating to her 'arrival'. It suggests that in mediaeval times there might have been mass abductions from Earth, by extraterrestrials, for experimental purposes, with the knowledge if not the agreement of some of the terrestrial authorities - if so, Lunan suggests, "The X-Files are set in the wrong century."
Politika preživetja : esej by Duncan Lunan( )

1 edition published in 1990 in Slovenian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tourist [by] Robert Dickinson [Review] by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Not so much, said the cat [by] Michael Swanwick [Review] by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Medusa chronicles [by] Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds [Review] by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Poseidon's wake [and] Slow bullets [by] Alastair Reynolds [review] by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The science of Discworld iv: Judgement day [by] Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen [review] by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Notes towards a politics for survival( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Invasion [by] Luke Rhinehard [Review] by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The guns of Ivrea [by] Clifford Beal [Review] by Duncan Lunan( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Duncan Lunan Ahli falak, penulis

Duncan Lunan Astronomer, writer

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