Science Guest of Honor: Dr. Arlan Andrews
Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr., has published dozens of science fiction stories in magazines and anthologies, as well as two story collections, two novels, and several hundred articles and columns, mostly dealing with speculative technology, humor, paranormal, ancient technologies, and Fortean subjects – totaling over 500 publications in more than 100 venues worldwide. (He’s also written numerous music comedy plays for SF cons Inconjunction and Bubonicon, a Heinlein filk, a few occult country-western songs, and with Dr. Catherine Asaro, the recent ballad “Ancient Ages” available for viewing on YouTube.)
After an engineering career at AT&T Bell Labs at White Sands Missile Range and around the U.S., Arlan retired as a Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque in 1996, then co-founded several high-tech startups, finally retiring as Environmental Director at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2013. Since then he has been a consultant and writer. His latest non-fiction project is a book about an ancient solar calendar site in Peru, which he visited in 2012 and again in 2017.
In 1992, while working as a Fellow in the White House Science Office (OSTP), Arlan founded SIGMA, the science fiction think tank, which provides pro bono science fictional futurism for the Federal Government. SIGMA members have since worked with all of the Armed Forces and alphabet agencies, and in 2012 put on a panel on “Disruptive Technologies” in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as guests of the Kingdom. SIGMA work continues now with the Unified Futures Forum of the US Army Special Forces Command, with the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies.
In addition to writing the first article about 3D printing (”Manufacturing Magic” Analog, September 1992), Arlan coined the terms “nanobots” and “microbots” in a series of 1992 articles in Science Fiction Review Magazine, and wrote the first White House endorsement of molecular nanotechnology and 3D printing (“Manufacturing” chapter in The President’s Report to Congress on Science and Technology, April 1993 ). And in a June 1993 article, “Single Stage to Infinity!” he coined the immortal phrase, “A spaceship that that takes off and lands the way God and Robert Heinlein intended.”
Arlan and his wife Joyce live near Louisville, Kentucky. They have six children and eleven grandchildren, scattered from Massachusetts to Nevada. And three small dogs.