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About Andrew Liptak (180 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 and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

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 [...]

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 [...]

June 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jack Vance, Inventor of Worlds

Earlier this week, SF Grandmaster Jack Vance passed away at the age of 96. His writing career lasted over six decades, and he’s known for his fantastic world [...]

May 31, 2013 // 3 Comments

The Connections of Judith Merril

One of the things that I’ve found distinctly interesting about the Golden Age of SF is how the authors shape the field that they’re in, but also how much one [...]

April 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: Defiance (Pilot Episode)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A promising return to form from the SyFy channel. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In 2046, the Earth has been radically transformed following the arrival of [...]

April 18, 2013 // 13 Comments

Leigh Brackett’s Planetary Romances

When I was writing about C.L. Moore a couple of weeks ago, I came across a familiar name several times: Leigh Brackett, another female author writing during the Golden Age [...]

March 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics

Of all the works of his career, Isaac Asimov’s Robot stories are perhaps some of his best known works. Spanning short stories, novellas, centuries and even genres, [...]

March 14, 2013 // 2 Comments

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