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Dr. Arlan K. Andrews
"Science fiction is my way of life," Dr. Arlan Andrews says quite seriously. "It gave form to my childhood imagination, and those visions have propelled me through my adult life." He credits SF for taking him out of the backwoods of Arkansas and into a lifetime of technology development. "Who knows, if I'd stayed home, I might have gotten into politics," says Arlan, who was indeed the Libertarian Party's nominee for the governor of North Carolina in 1976. "But who would ever take any politician from Arkansas seriously?"
Arlan has been an SF fan for almost 50 years, an SF pro for about 20 years, with his first sales in 1979 to Omni (a two-page novelty chart, "Elements of SF") and Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine (a poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Engineer"). Since then, his SF has appeared in Analog, SF Review, SF Age, Fantasy Book and Pulphouse, as well as in anthologies (Nanodreams, How to Save the World), along with speculative articles dealing with everything from the future of nanotech manufacturing to aspects of the esoteric andparanormal.
"A few years back," says Arlan, "I realized that my entire life has been an attempt to live science fiction, all the way from my first job - tracking missiles at White Sands Missile Range - to my current career, which is finding truly advanced technologies and making new business use them as a focal point." Formerly with AT&T Bell Labs here in Indy and Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, Arlan was a co-founder of MuSE Technologies, Inc., marketing the world's most advanced virtual reality software. He has a consulting company, Andrews Creative Enterprises, Inc. (ACES), and is currently CEO of Survival Technologies International LLC, a start-up firm designing systems and structures that protect people and equipment from building collapse and debris during earthquakes, wars and other disasters.
Arlan is also engaged in start-ups looking at new hardware interfaces between people and computers ("a very SF-nal design project"); a revolutionary bio-tech technology ("to change the world and clean it up"); to entertainment companies using virtual reality ("SF come true"); and others in more formative stages.
Needless to say, this hectic schedule has cut drastically into Arlan's SF writing time. His 1995 Analog short story, "The Roswell Accident," was reprinted in an anthology in Brazil last year, appropriately on the 50th anniversary of that mythical event. He has been working on some more short SF, a New Age novel and a serious book about futurism and technology.
Arlan and his wife, Joyce, look forward to coming to Indy every Fourth of July to "meet with the close-knit family of fans and pros we have known since the first InConJunction back in 1981." Given this long history of association with the Circle of Janus, Arlan hopes to continue the tradition of being the InCon MC through the year 2000.
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