When ships to sail the void between the stars have been invented, there will also be men who come forward to sail those ships.” – Johannes Kepler

I’m a geek.

I hold a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Military History, both from Norwich University in Vermont, where I work as an administrator.

I wear a bunch of hats. I’m a columnist for Kirkus Reviews, where I write a bi-weekly feature on the history of Speculative Fiction and I’m an Editorial Assistant for Lightspeed Magazine where I write a quarterly book review column. I’m also a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop.

I’m the editor of Military Science Fiction anthology, War Stories: Modern Military Science Fiction. I’m also writing a book on the history of science fiction tentatively titled The Future Machine: The History of the Writers, Editors and Readers who Built Science Fiction from Jurassic London (coming 2015).

Finally, I’m the founder of Geek Mountain State, a blog all about geek stuff in Vermont, which runs the Vermont SF Writer’s Series.

A complete list of what I’ve written can be found on the Writing tab.

I’m represented (nonfiction) by Kelli Christiansen at bibliobibuli Professional Editorial Services.

You can also follow me on twitter or e-mail me:  liptakaa[at]gmail[dot]com. Please note that I’m don’t accept reviews for this site. 

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Andrew, Google “nuclear waste vitrification”. You will find a plethora of non-wiki-based articles.

    Kinda keen as a concept, and goes a LONG way toward answering the worries of the nuclear waste worriers.


  2. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog posts. It would be good too if you broke them up into more sizeable, more frequent chunks though. Something to consider anyway.

  3. Found the blog looking for student thoughts and opinions on the MMH program at Norwich. I am currently studying for the GRE to apply there and would love to hear more of your experience with the program.

    Enjoyed your posts about the school and your recent moon posts. I am also going to have to find that “Book of Lost Things” as well. Hopefully it will be a little more uplifting than “Pan’s Labyrinth” which was a truly beautiful but extremely dark movie.

    • My opinions will be a little biased, because I’m not really the typical student – I work for the same program. That being said, I really have enjoyed it – I like the content, it’s fairly up to date, progressive and interesting. You actually won’t need the GRE to apply, we don’t require it. Be prepared for a lot of writing and critical thinking – that’s what will make or break the program.

      Book of Lost Things was good, but I’m not sure that I’d call it uplifting – if it was set to film, it would most likely be as dark as Pan’s Labyrinth. Still, very good book.

      • Thanks for the heads up. When I spoke to admissions I was told the GRE was not required but with my undergrad GPA would be “recommended”. I was not one to apply myself 20 years ago in college so now I have to convince people I have changed.

        Hopefully you will hear more from me in about 18 months when I am starting the journey you just finished.

  4. Hello, I read your blog about Katherine MacLean, and it was really interesting, I want to know if you have more information about her. I am doing a research paper about one of her short stories for my science fiction class, but for certain reason, I can barely find things about it. I want to know your comments about “Pictures Don’t Lie” by MacLean,

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