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Author John Robert Marlow JOHN ROBERT MARLOW is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and editor. His latest articles—Rewriting: Three Deadly Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them, and an interview with Jay Simpson (who recently sold his first script for $400,000)—appear in the 2010 Screenwriter's & Playwright's Market, published by Writers Digest Books. John's Self Editing Blog launched in July of 2009.


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; "Reads like a big-budget summer blockbuster"—Booklist), and was 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 Humanity+. (A revised edition of the Nano novel was published in paperback in 2005.)

Author John Robert Marlow SCREENWRITING

John's Nano action screenplay (based upon his tech-thriller Nano novel) was a finalist (top 10 of over 5,000 entries) in the 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the organization that awards the Oscars). The Nano script was recently in development with producer-director Jan de Bont, and has drawn mention in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Los Angeles Times.

Another of John's scripts—the romantic adventure-comedy Dispatch—was optioned to Collateral producer Julie Richardson in November. John's newly-launched Lonely Keyboard website features free, in-depth interviews with Hollywood insiders on the art, craft, and business of screenwriting.

John is also the founder of Nichollscribes—a 350-strong online forum for Nicholl-placing screenwriters—and The Nicholl Group, a more recently-launched facebook version of nichollscribes.


John's nonfiction articles and photography have appeared in numerous print and online publications, and cover a wide variety of topics, including BASE jumping, lifesaving medicines, automobile engine buildups, terrorist incidents, robotic surgeons, neural nets, invisible lasers, nanotechnology, and the global security implications of emerging and disruptive technologies. He has interviewed people ranging from businessmen and police officers to Nobel laureate Sir Francis Crick and visionary filmmaker James Cameron.

John is often called upon to render complex scientific and medical topics easily understandable for a general audience. His plain-language Nanoveau column led to his nomination for the Foresight Institute Prize in Communication—the highest honor in nanotechnology journalism.


Since 2001, John has worked as a developmental editor—upgrading the screenplays, novel and book manuscripts of others to the point where they can be offered for sale, and consulting on book-to-screen and screenplay-to-book adaptations. In 2006, John joined the staff of The Editorial Department as a book editor. In 2007, he started their Screen Division and became Director of Development for TED's Book and Screen Divisions. He also writes the Self Editing Blog for writers.


In addition to writing, editing, and development, John has frequently worked as a website designer and content creator, as a researcher for books and for television documentaries aired by the world's largest broadcaster. He has also worked as a software usability consultant and (occasionally) video game consultant.

Born in Pennsylvania, John now resides in Los Angeles. His interests include fine food, antiques, film, literature, art, architecture, comics, music, leading-edge technologies, history, and photography. His website is the #1 Google hit on "storybook architecture," and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Cottages & Bungalows, and other publications.

John is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the nonprofit Lifeboat Foundation.

He's also fond of penguins.

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