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Andrew Liptak


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Andrew Liptak is a writer and historian from Vermont. He is the author of the book Cosplay: A History (Saga Press, 2022), and his work has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Gizmodo, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lifehacker, Slate,, VentureBeat, The Verge, and other publications.

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  1. John Langan’s The Fisherman is a book that I’ve wanted to read for ages: it’s a masterclass in Gothic storytelling set deep in the Catskills:
  2. Book 5 of 2023: The Fisherman by John Langan. I’ve had this on my bedside table to read for years, and it’s the type of book I’ve been looking for all that time: a sort of Catskills Gothic that drinks
  3. Book 4 of 2023: Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by @kuangrf. This book hit the absolute spot. It’s sweeping, heartbreaking, and gripping r
  4. Latest arrivals! What catches your eye?
  5. It’s a new month, which means there are a whole bunch of new books to check out:
  6. Ghost of the Hardy Boys: A Memoir

    Book 3 of 2023: Ghost of the Hardy Boys: A Memoir by Leslie McFarlane. Growing up, the Hardy Boys were my first literary love. I tore through all of them, many times. I’d known that Franklin W. Dixon
  7. Mechanical mockingbird

    Earlier this week, Apple released an AI narration tool, designed for authors who might not be able to produce an audiobook on their own. But the existence of machine-generated narrators is an existent
  8. Latest book arrivals come from Anya Ow, C.L. Clark, Kate Elliot, and John Thompson 👇🏻
  9. Book 2 of 2023: Dune by Frank Herbert

    What’s there to say about this? I started this back in 2021 and picked away at it in 2022, and each time was amazed at how relevant and timely this story and world is.
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892 in South Africa, 131 years ago today. Here’s a piece I presented at UVM’s Tolkien conference, about how his experiences in World War 1 helped influence his
  11. Best books of 2022

    Every year, I try and think of what books resonated the most with me, and often find some unifying theme. This year’s best we’re all ones that exemplified the idea of choice and agency:
  12. Tomorrow on the newsletter: my favorite reads of 2022! Later this week, some reading plans for 2023, and a roundup of the books coming out in January. If you follow me here, I’d recommend signing up t
  13. Today is Asimov's birthday, and with that in mind, it's worth looking back on how his most famous story, Foundation , came together and how it influenced everything that came after.
  14. More Asimov: One of the biggest stories that he was known for were about his robots. He published a ton of them, and helped shape how people thought about artificial intelligence.
  15. Today is Isaac Asimov’s birthday. Born in Russia in 1920 (presumably on this day: he wasn’t entirely sure), he went on to become one of the best-known and prolific SF authors of all time. This is a sm
  16. Book 1 of 2023: Valuable Humans in Transit by qntm. Slim collection of mind-blowing short stories. There are some real innovative, gripping, and curious stories here.
  17. The January 2023 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. This issue features original fiction by D.A. Xiaolin Spires, Gregory Feeley, R.T. Ester, Cao Baiyu, Natasha King, and Felix Rose Kawitz
  18. I hit my reading goal in 2022! Here are all the books I read last year, 52 of them!
  19. Book 52 of 2022: The Art of John Harris Volume 2: Into the Blue by John Harris. I loved his first book, and this one is just as good: an excellent meditation on making and imagery, and it’s like walki
  20. Book 51 of 2022: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers. A sublime, peaceful read.

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