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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.

John Campbell, Jr. and Astounding Magazine

February 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

The Many Names of Catherine Lucille Moore

February 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 success. [...]

BOOK REVIEW: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole

February 1, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Moons of Mars

January 25, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

T.H. White’s “Once and Future King”

December 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 efforts [...]

Weekend Playlist: Recent Geek Music

November 30, 2012 // 2 Comments

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. [...]

There and Back Again: The Hobbit

November 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Great War

November 15, 2012 // 11 Comments

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 [...]

Some Kind of Fairy Tale: George MacDonald

November 1, 2012 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

H.P. Lovecraft and the Other

October 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

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

BOOK REVIEW: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

October 8, 2012 // 9 Comments

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 meets [...]

Revisiting Bram Stoker’s Dracula

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]
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