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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 and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

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 efforts [...]

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 author: [...]

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 meets [...]

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

Review: Elementary (Pilot)

MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A former surgeon, Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) is hired to work as a sober companion for a police consultant, Sherlock Holmes (Johnny Lee Miller) [...]

October 3, 2012 // 4 Comments

TV REVIEW: Last Resort (Pilot)

MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: When a nuclear submarine is ordered to fire on Pakistan, the crew requests confirmation, only to be attacked by another submarine. On the run, the [...]

October 1, 2012 // 3 Comments

A Brief History of the Vampire Novel

With Fall approaching and the days getting shorter, it’s time to get into the mood of the season… This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at the [...]

September 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: Revolution (“Pilot”)

MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A mysterious event knocks out the planet’s technology: no more cars, electricity or conventional society. Fifteen years after the blackout, a [...]

September 19, 2012 // 14 Comments

Rounding Out the Science Romances

Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, we take a look back over the last couple of months to review some of the foundational stories in science fiction: the Science Romances! Hop [...]

August 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

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