Company Director "Astronomers of the Future Ltd"
Project Manager "Friends of Sighthhill Stone Circle"
Writer "Children From The Sky" and "Incoming Asteroids!"
He joined the Scottish branch of the BIS in 1962.
He was on the committee which drew up the-Constitution of ASTRA
as an independent society in 1963, and redrafted it as
the Memorandum and Articles of a Company Limited
by Guarantee in 1974.
He has been a Council member since December 1963
with only two short breaks, and has been Treasurer, President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, President, Secretary and President again during that time.
He has been exhibition organiser and on the publications committee since 1970,
editing ASTRA's publications in 1982 and 1992-96.
Duncan is a full-time writer on astronomy, space flight and science fiction; his books include "Man and the Stars", "New Worlds for Old" and "Man and the Planets", created as book projects within the society, and he had guest chapters in the other two books published with ASTRA participation, "Extraterrestrial Encounter" by Chris Boyce and "The High Frontier" edited by Bob Low.
His current book project, "Children from the Sky", was an ASTRA discussion project in 1994-95 and he will write the text for the project, Andy Paterson's Millennium Book of space art, but this had to be suspended because of worsening health (he has Huntingdon’s), and the current book project in ASTRA is “Incoming Asteroid!”, which Sydney Jordan will illustrate and for which he's writing the text.
The Scottish branch of the Mars Society is affiliated to ASTRA and we have another book project, “Building the Martian Nation”, which Ed Buckley will illustrate and Graham Dale and Duncan Lunan will write the text.
He published about six hundred articles and thirty short stories. He has also contributed to sixteen anthologies (both fact and fiction) plus many shorter works.
From 1971 to 1985 he was the SF critic for the Glasgow Herald, and during the period 1986 to 1991, was organiser of its SF short story competition. From 1986 until 1994 Duncan ran an annual SF creative writing class at Glasgow University.
In 1978-79 he was Manager of the Glasgow Parks Department Astronomy Project, which built the first astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain for 5.000 years, in Sighthill Park, North of Glasgow city centre,
and among many other ASTRA conferences he organised one on archaeoastronomy at the Third Eye Centre in 1978, 'Heresies in Archaeoastronomy' at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in 1996 and its follow-up events in Glasgow.
He was Acting Curator of Airdrie Public Observatory in 1979-80 and was Assistant Curator
between 1987 to 1997.
At the present time, as well as continuing to write, Lunan is the Secretary of ASTRA.
From February to June 2006, he ran the North Lanarkshire Astronomy Project, doing outreach visits
to schools and bringing schools and other groups to the Observatory.
In 2007 he is repeating that project, with plans to continue it throughout the year, and years to follow.
Works published by Duncan Lunan
Duncan Lunan's Curriculum Vitae