Scott Charles Anderson

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Scott Charles Anderson
Born Frankfurt, Germany
Nationality American
Education Sonoma State University
Occupation Programmer, writer, illustrator
Known for Fantavision, LEGO Island, BigFix, Human Embryonic Stem Cells,[1] Morphing Magic[2]

Scott Charles Anderson is an American software programmer, author[1][2] and illustrator.[3] He had early involvement with personal computers, founding one of the first PC-only software companies, Sonoma Softworks, in 1979,[4] and has been involved with writing educational, entertainment and business software ever since. He is the son of William Charles Anderson.

Anderson is most noted for his work with computer graphics and animation.[5][6] Fantavision, intended for scientists, educators and artists to create animated content, was one of the first programs that allowed the user to create vector images and then automatically transform one image into another, effectively producing smooth animation with just a few key frames. A similar approach was later used by Adobe Flash. Brøderbund Software, Inc. helped to finance the completion of the program which was published in 1986. In 1993, Anderson open-sourced the C-code behind tweening, warping and morphing in a book published by SAMS in 1993 under the name of Morphing Magic.[2] Anderson later became the Producer and Co-creator of LEGO Island, the first software program offered by LEGO, published by Mindscape in 1997.


BigFix, Interface Designer and Co-creator, published by BigFix, Inc., 1999.

LEGO Island, Producer and Co-creator, published by Mindscape, 1997.[7] The first software program offered by LEGO, it won of numerous awards with over three million copies sold to date Lego Island#Awards. Translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Danish LEGO Island#cite note-Moby Games Page for Lego Island-6.

Fantavision, Author, the first commercial tweening and morphing program, for the Apple IIe, published by Broderbund, 1986. Conversions were produced for the Amiga and PC in 1987.[8]


Morphing Magic,[2] Author, a book/disk about the history and concepts behind morphing, including morphing software for the PC, published by SAMS, the computer division of Prentice-Hall, 1993. The book has been translated into Japanese, German, French, Polish and Portuguese.[2]

Human Embryonic Stem Cells: An Introduction to the Science and Therapeutic Potential[1] co-authored with Ann Kiessling, it is the first textbook on the controversial topic.


  • Creation of male/female embryos shows need for federal oversight, article for Chicago Tribune, July 2003. [1]