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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 www.andrewliptak.com and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

John Campbell, Jr. and Astounding Magazine

After working our way through the pulp era, it’s time to begin looking at the ‘Golden Age’ of Science Fiction. Many people felt that this movement began [...]

February 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Many Names of Catherine Lucille Moore

Catherine Lucielle Moore was one of the earlier female authors to have been writing within the genre, with her first stories published in the early 1930s to a great [...]

February 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole

REVIEW SUMMARY: A great follow up to Control Point. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Following the events of Control Point, Col. Alan Bookbinder finds himself reassigned to FOB [...]

February 1, 2013 // 1 Comment

Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Moons of Mars

In my previous Kirkus Reviews column, I talked about E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith and his stories that kickstarted Space Opera. This week, we’re going back a little [...]

January 25, 2013 // 1 Comment

T.H. White’s “Once and Future King”

Recently, T.H. White’s novel The Once and Future King has appeared on my radar quite often, in no small part due to fantasy author Lev Grossman’s repeated [...]

December 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Weekend Playlist: Recent Geek Music

It’s been a little while since we’ve done a Weekend Playlist feature, which has moved to occasional status as we’ve drifted to various projects. [...]

November 30, 2012 // 2 Comments

There and Back Again: The Hobbit

With the live action adaptation of The Hobbit released into theaters soon, it makes sense to look at how The Hobbit was written in the first place. That’s what [...]

November 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Great War

J.R.R. Tolkien was a veteran of the 1st World War, something that I’d never examined all that closely, and for this week at the Kirkus Reviews blog, we’re [...]

November 15, 2012 // 11 Comments

Some Kind of Fairy Tale: George MacDonald

With October’s Horror duo over with, I decided that it was time to shift gears again to focus on some of the background on Fantasy literature. I came across George [...]

November 1, 2012 // 3 Comments

H.P. Lovecraft and the Other

With October a traditionally – horror themed month capped with Halloween, it seemed appropriate to follow up Bram Stoker and Dracula with another notable horror [...]

October 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

REVIEW SUMMARY: A dark, gripping character novel. MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Miriam Black knows how and when you’re going to die, just by a simple touch. When she [...]

October 8, 2012 // 9 Comments

Revisiting Bram Stoker’s Dracula

It’s October, and taking off from the end of September, we’ve shifted gears from Science Fiction to Horror Fiction on the Kirkus Reviews blog, where I continue [...]

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

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