Arlan Andrews

Arlan Andrews

     Scientist / Author

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.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Arlan Andrews

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 01:00PM All Things Paranormal: UFOs, ESP, Monsters, and More!

All Things Paranormal: a presentation by Science Guest of Honor Dr. Arlan Andrews on  UFOs, ESP, Monsters and more!

CC: Meeting Room 6
(60 min)
Fri 04:00PM Autograph Session (Andrews, Cooley, Rinehart, Sanderson)

Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)

Dealer's Room (M: Plaza A/B/C Ballroom)
(60 min)
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff and listen to our Guests of Honor speak!

CC: Meeting Rooms 4 & 5
(60 min)
Fri 06:00PM Reading: Arlan Andrews & Les Johnson

Come and hear Dr. Arlan Andrews and Les Johnson read passages from their works!

M: Lookout Mountain Room
(60 min)
Fri 10:00PM Meet the Science Guest of Honor: Dr. Arlan Andrews

Futurist, magazine writer and host of the award-winning podcast “The Future And You”, Stephen Euin Cobb will do a recorded interview with Science GOH Dr. Arlan Andrews.

CC: Meeting Rooms 9 & 10
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches

Space Opera themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak! Costumes optional!

Sat 09:00PM Nuclear Weapons 101

Ken Roy moderates this panel discussion on Nuclear Weaponry, Radiation and nuclear effects. 

Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable

Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.

Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch

Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros.

Sun 12:00PM SIGMA, Futurism and Science Fiction

Dr. Arlan Andrews, the Director of SIGMA, the Science Fiction Think Tank that consults for the USG, will moderate this panel with other members of SIGMA on what they do and how science fiction informs futurism

CC: Meeting Room 6
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM Celebrity Jeopardy

Watch as Alan Andrews, Amanda Makepeace and John Hartness battle it out with fast answers on Art, Science, Literature and other fun topics. There can be only ONE!

Sun 02:30PM Superversive Press Mass Autograph Session

Superversive Press Mass Autograph Session following the What's New from Superversive Press Roundtable. 

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