JOHN ROBERT MARLOW
is a novelist, screenwriter, freelance journalist, researcher, and editor. His first novel Nano
was published in hardcover by Forge/St. Martin's Press in 2004 ("Marlow's debut is a real page-turner"Kirkus Reviews),
and was immediately honored with the Nanotechnology Now Editor's Choice Award
("Plausible, scientifically accurate, and timely ... the most important piece of fiction written to date") and declared Book
of the Month by the World Transhumanist Association. (A revised edition of the Nano novel,
with commentary by Center for Responsible Nanotechnology founder Chris Phoenix, was published in paperback in June, 2005.)
Based on the strength of the Nano novel and its nonfiction superswarm appendix, John was asked to write for NanoNews Now Monthly Report, the premium newsletter published by Nanotechnology Now. The result was the most comprehensive nanosecurity article to date: Nanosecurity and the Future (if Any). This, in turn, led to Nanoveau, a plain-language nanotechnology column which appears jointly on both Nanoveau.com and Nanotechnology Now. For these and other efforts, John was nominated for the 2004 Foresight Institute Prize in Communicationthe highest honor in nanotechnology journalism. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the nonprofit Lifeboat Foundation.
John's Nano action screenplay (based upon his tech-thriller Nano novel) is now in development with director-producer Jan de Bontwhose credits include Speed, Twister, and Minority Report.
His Snowjob screenplay attracted the attention of producer Julie Richardson, who found it so intriguing thatupon learning John had moved from his last known addressshe hired a private detective to find him. That script, a romantic adventure-comedy, was subsequently developed in concert with Julie's Imaginarium Entertainment and ICM Executive Story Editor Christopher Lockhart. (Snowjob was then optioned by Imaginarium.) Julie discovered, developed, and produced the DreamWorks film Collateral, written by Stuart Beattie and starring Tom Cruise (directed by Michael Mann).
John has placed as a finalist (top 10 of 5,489 entries) in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the organization which awards the Oscars), and his Nano screenplay has been mentioned in both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
John's nonfiction work and photography have appeared in numerous print and online publications, with topics ranging from automobile engine buildups to robotic surgeons, invisible lasers, Nobel laureate Sir Francis Crick's views on neural nets and human vision, and the global security implications of emerging and disruptive technologies.
In addition to writing, John has frequently worked as a website designer, content creator and editor, as a researcher for books and for television documentaries aired by the world's largest broadcaster, and as a video game consultant.
Since 2001, he ha worked as a developmental editor, upgrading novel manuscripts and screenplays written by others to the point where they can be offered for sale. In early 2007, John was asked to create and head a Screenplay Division for The Editorial Department, where he currently serves as Director of Development.
Born in Pennsylvania, John now resides in Los Angeles, and occasionally travels to South Africa. His interests include antiques, film, literature, art, architecture, comics, music, leading-edge technologies, history, and photography. His storybookers.com website is the #1 Google hit on "storybook architecture," and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and Cottages & Bungalows magazine.
John is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the nonprofit Lifeboat Foundation, and is fond of penguins.