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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

Andrew Liptak is a writer and historian from Vermont. He is the Weekend Editor for The Verge, and his work has appeared in Armchair General Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, io9, Kirkus ReviewsLightspeed Magazine, Seven DaysTor.com, VentureBeat, and other publications.

This blog is his own, and his views and writing here don’t necessarily represent the views of his employers.

His first short story, ‘Fragmented’, appeared in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine in May 2014 (reprinted at The Art of Future War Project in 2015). In 2014, he published his first anthology (co-edited with Jaym Gates), War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, which you can buy it from Apex Publications and Amazon.

He graduated in 2007 from Norwich University with a bachelor’s degree in History, and in 2009 with a master’s degree in Military History and is a 2014 attendee of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop. He is represented (nonfiction) by Kelli Christiansen at bibliobibuli Professional Editorial Services. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

He is the founder of Geek Mountain State, the Vermont SF Writer’s Series, and the Green Mountain Squad, the Vermont chapter of the 501st Legion.

He can be found on Twitter and on Facebook and you can e-mail him at andrew[dot]liptak[at]theverge.com (Tips, work and journalism-related items, please) and liptakaa[at]gmail[dot]com for everything else (pitches will be deleted).

Short version:

Andrew Liptak is the Weekend Editor for The Verge. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, (Apex Publications, 2014). His work has appeared in Armchair General Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, io9, Kirkus ReviewsLightspeed Magazine, Seven DaysTor.com, VentureBeat, and other publications.

 

15 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.

    Enjoy!

  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,

  5. I just came across a review you wrote about “Leviathon’s Wake” by James S.A. Cory, in which you implied that the book was written by collaborating authors. The three names you mentioned are all pen names of the same author.

  6. Andrew, I read your article on the Norwich alum who served during the Second World War, and I was impressed. As a historian on WWII, I enjoyed reading it and learning about some of Norwich’s contributions to the war effort. Were the three you wrote about the only three that served, or were their particular stories more interesting to document versus others? I’m a fan of MG Brooks’ push into Belgium and his response about taking Ghent in two days was something that seemed very Patton-like to me, even though 2nd Armored wasn’t in the Third Army. I also read “Fragmented,” and as a soldier, it was interesting drawing parallels between your work and the conflicts in both Iraq/Afghanistan. As I was reading it, all I could think about was my plate carrier, and how it felt very similar to your character and the way he felt about his armor. I feel you nailed it right on the head. I’m a member of the NEG as well, so I look forward to meeting you at some point!

    • Hey, thanks!

      Oh no, there were thousands of Norwich Alums who served in the war. I’ve done a couple of papers on Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, and there were tons of people who had served in every capacity during the war, from Private First Class all the way up to Major General. The same goes for World War I: there were hundreds of soldiers who served.

      Fragmented was a fun and sobering story to write. I’m glad you liked it!

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