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About Andrew Liptak (174 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at www.andrewliptak.com and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

Arthur C. Clarke, Proselytizer of Space

A while ago, I had some grand idea of doing a parallel column for another website on the history of SF film, but quickly found that I didn’t have the time or background [...]

January 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series

Do you live in Vermont? Mark your calendar! One of my pet projects here in Vermont is working to encourage and network a sort of science fiction scene in my home state. The [...]

January 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

At Kirkus: Reading Up on SF History

While I’m working on plotting out the rest of the year for my Kirkus Reviews column, I figured it would be interesting to look at a small portion of the books that I use to [...]

January 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Unauthorized Lord of the Rings

I bought my first copy of The Hobbit at a library sale in Quechee, VT when I was a kid. At the time, I remember noticing that the cover was graced with an ‘The [...]

December 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Tom Swift and the Stratemeyer Syndicate

I never read the Tom Swift novels as a kid; I was always more obsessed with the Hardy Boys series. Over the years, I’ve read bits and pieces about Edward Stratemeyer, [...]

November 22, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Troubled History of Weird Tales Magazine

When the fall arrives, I get into the mood for darker fiction, particularly H.P. Lovecraft. I’ve written about Lovecraft before, but I didn’t quite realize how important [...]

October 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Fantastic Worlds of Lord Dunsany

It’s fall, and I’ve been once again shifting from the usual topic of science fiction to horror and fantasy. Last year, I wrote about H.P. Lovecraft, and in my [...]

October 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Untimely Death of Robert E. Howard

Back in April, I had been doing some reading on the Lovecraft Circle, and came across an interesting fact about one of the authors, Robert Howard. At the age of 30, he killed [...]

September 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

Donald Wollheim and the Ace Double Novel

In my last Kirkus column, I took a look at A.E. van Vogt, and talked a little about how authors in the 1950s began to adapt to changes in the publishing industry. By 1952, [...]

August 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

A.E. van Vogt and the Fix-Up Novel

In the mid-50s, there was some major changes going on in the publishing industry: readership for pulps and magazines were declining, and it was rising for novels. Authors had [...]

August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Elusive Margaret St. Clair

Science Fiction has a reputation as being the boy’s club, where all the major names, such as Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke get a majority of the credit for the [...]

July 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Ignition Point of Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is one of my absolute favorite novels of all time, and I’ve been wanting to write about it for a while now. The genesis behind the book is an interesting [...]

July 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel

Science Fiction has always had an interesting relationship with politics, and with the Snowden Affair brewing in the news, it seemed like a good time to look at one strain of [...]

June 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

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