23 new books to check out this month
What’s it like to suit up as a 501st Clone Trooper for real?
What happens when you put story before toys?
Wrestling with a complicated favorite
Audible’s holding a big end-of-summer sale
More fantasy, sci-fi, and more to throw onto the TBR
The value of a good narrator
Why are we so attracted to stories dealing with the transfer of power?
Prime Video's adaptation of William Gibson's The Peripheral gets its first trailer And release date
The First World War left a lasting impression on Tolkien
The bulwark against apocalypse is community
Stories about vampires, folklore, and hidden kingdoms to cozy up to this fall
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power seems like it’s on the right track
Peng Shepherd’s novel The Cartographers is a brilliant work of fantasy
Six of my favorite books about the Red Planet
How does canon figure into the way we consume stories?
Edward Ashton's Mickey7 poses some hard questions about our futures in space
14 more SF/F/H books to check out this month
Science fiction should look to the arctic, not the wild west, for inspiration
A solid book list
Andor is coming! The next live-action Star Wars series is inching closer to its release, and last week, series star Diego Luna visited Good Morning America to bring along a full trailer for the series, a couple of months after a teaser dropped at Star Wars Celebration. Teasers usually just
Stories of prophecies, dystopian worlds, and strange futures
SDCC 2022 was a blast! And also a note about gatekeeping in the cosplay community.
Some thoughts on fandom, books to read, and more.
A backlog of links and posts to read up on
A new look at the upcoming Amazon Prime series
Some books that influenced the journey
Stories of first contact, mad scientists, unfortunate homecomings, and quite a bit more to add to your TBR pile
Annalee Newitz's The Future of Another Timeline and Alix E. Harrow's The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Reviewed
Cosplay and gatherings are inseparable
A roundup of all things Cosplay: A History
An interview with Sam J. Miller
25 new SF/F books to kick off your summer reading
How Craig Alanson forged a new path a a self-published author
Mike Chen’s Star Wars: Brotherhood is a story that meaningfully grows the franchise
This story about nuclear physics has stuck with me for decades
Some takeaways from Vanity Fair's big feature article
Being first is what it's all about
How we imagined the Red Planet
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Lev Grossman's The Golden Swift is a delightful climate-focused book for younger readers
Some of the best shorter genre works from 2021
Partnering with Woodstock's Yankee Bookshop
An excellent crop of books from 2021
The book will reportedly come out in 2023
Battles for the galaxy, haunted places, and more to add to your TBR pile
A potential streaming franchise to stand up alongside The Witcher, Game of Thrones, and more
A brief book update
Adam Roberts' 2010 novel New Model Army holds some interesting lessons about the future of warfare
The series is an engrossing dive into colonization, environmentalism, and destruction
Hey, we finally have a trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder
It's a good list of books to add to your TBR
A worthy winner in a solid crop of finalists
Coming June 30th
The show returns on June 10th
A good selection of nominees!
How does a good person stray from the path?
A new pile o’ books to add to your to-read list
The nine-episode series will star Joel Edgerton
Bookmarks as memory capture devices
John Scalzi's latest is a monster-filled blockbuster of a novel
J.R.R. Tolkien's estate refreshed its website with some stringent guidelines for how to use the author's works
6 additional March books to check out
The wild success of Brandon Sanderson's Kickstarter holds lessons for building a resilient fan community
A spinoff that expands the world of The Batman
Another genre series to add to the To Watch pile
The future of Martin's fantasy world is alive and well on HBO
The first teaser for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has touched down
Here's the first trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi
The winners will be announced on May 22nd during this year's Nebula Conference
MIT Press is reissuing Joshua Glenn's The Radium Age series
All four episodes of the limited series drop on HBO Max on March 17th
Coming from Don't Breathe's Fede Alvarez
A sequel to the 2007 post apocalyptic film I Am Legend
Fan favorites from 2021
The magazine will end its 10 year run this summer
All 68 in-person store are set to close down as the company focuses on other efforts
A new take on the classic, foundational film from the creator of Mr. Robot
Morbius drops on April 1st
Stories about alternate worlds, fantastical maps, space empires, and quite a bit more to distract you from the world
A slick urban fantasy mystery
I'm extremely pleased to report that my upcoming book Cosplay: A History has received its second trade review, this time from Publishers Weekly! It's a glowing one, too: > "...Liptak’s study is an inspiring one, underscored by the community’s efforts to spread “magical moment[s]” with organizations such as
The winners will be announced in May
The winner will be announced in April
A science fiction novel that feels eminently true to the nature of the contradictions of the real world
The 36th annual awards
The beginning of the end
The film is expected to bring back the Kelvin cast, and begin shooting in 2022
The video game adaptation debuts on March 24th
FOX is adapting the classic comic strip as an animated series
Another video game adaptation for the streaming service
The Book of Boba Fett was a nice bit of worldbuilding, but that's about it
Another Middle-earth project to watch
The award will be handed out during this year's Balticon in May
Our first look at Rings of Power shows off a familiar and very pretty world
Set 50 years after Blade Runner 2049
Congratulations to the winners and nominees!
Coming June 10th
The film drops on March 11th
The bedrock media rights to Tolkien's works are also up for grabs
On the anniversary of A New Hope's release in 1977
Shut up and take my money!
The film is slated to start shooting in April 2022
Christopher Brown on climate change, apocalyptic narratives, and eco-fiction
The famed special effects supervisor died on February 7th
The film comes out on June 17th
The series debuts on April 29th
What is standing in the way of your process?
It looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer before the series moves forward
Sony is slowly building out its Spider-verse
Another big epic fantasy to add to the adaptation pipeline
Star Trek isn't slowing down
Hints of what to expect in the next season
New reads about fantastic worlds, disastrous missions, and quite a bit more
Paramount+'s series debuts on March 24th
Recaps for Chapters 3 and 4
Due out in September
A do-over for the franchise
The first trade review for Cosplay: A History is in! It comes from Kirkus Reviews, and it's a good one! Here are the big quotes: "An entertaining look at a vibrant, “interactive, interpretive, and immersive” pop-culture community...A wonderfully fun book showing that the art of having a good time
The series will be set in Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise
The author of The Courtship of Princess Leia died earlier this week at the age of 64
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Exploring the Zeta Halo ring
Renewals for Star Trek: Discovery, Strange New Worlds, and Lower Decks along with a schedule for 2022
Coming on March 30th
Intellectual property, how does it work?
The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian added depth to the Tusken Raiders, but complications remain
The book is due out on March 15th
The project was previously at Lucasfilm
The best paperback originals of 2021
Science fiction and fantasy, side by side
The project will hopefully shine more light on the late author's body of work
Let’s rank the Spider-man films, shall we?
Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine
Make room on your TBR pile
The series is expected to enter production later this year.
So say we all?
Essential reads from a bleak year
Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land
New year, new piles of books to take over your TBR pile
52 books in 52 weeks
Thank you for reading what I wrote this year
The Mandalorians have had a long and vivid history within the Star Wars universe, and their popularity will only rise from here
Three well-known books are getting some big adaptations
Science Fiction has often been used as a tool to further geopolitical goals
Sam Raimi’s Spider-man trilogy does something interesting that the modern MCU doesn’t really do: lean into the horrific origins Marvel’s characters
Introducing Julian Yap and Fran Wilde’s new weekly speculative fiction magazine, Sunday Morning Transport
Paul Tremblay on his next horror novel, The Pallbearer's Club
Updates from The Matrix Resurrections, Shang-Chi 2, Marvel's Daredevil, The Penguin series, and Rogue Squadron
A bunch of ideas for things to buy your friends
Spider-man: Across the Spider-verse gets a trailer, and Saga appears in a ... Taco Bell commercial.
What it's like to march in the Macy's Day Parade as a stormtrooper
Stories of revolution, space pirates, cyber mages, and more to read this holiday season
Stories about distant civilizations, magical cyberpunk, and the history of libraries.
Coming June 28th, 2022!
Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune succeeds because it understands the grounded nature of Frank Herbert's novel
Brian Staveley on his latest epic fantasy, The Empire's Ruin, taking risks, and throwing away an entire book to write a better one
Brian Staveley's The Empire's Ruin
The evolution of military science fiction
Unity acquired Weta's SFX division, potentially putting the studio's tools in the hands of more creatives
A soldier contends with the toll of war on a distant planet
Updates on Lucasfilm's Rogue Squadron, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a new Philip K. Dick adaptation, and more.
As text-to-speech technology improves, we shouldn't forget that narration isn't just reading a book: it's a performance
P. Djèlí Clark on history, fantasy, and how racism creates monsters
So much TV, so little time.
Trailers for The Book of Boba Fett, The Witcher, and The Wheel of Time, and more news to start off the week.
Stories about fallen empires, climate change, and more to check out this month.
The October books, in chronological order.
Is that *really* science fiction?
Updates about Star Wars TV, Apple's Mythic Quest, Paizo's unionization drive, and the Wheel of Time
My book about the history of cosplay is finally available to order online!
Doubling down with this newsletter
William Shatner's launch into space is fitting, and he brought along a message that we could all stand to listen to.
Looking at the past and future of conservation with Michelle Nijhuis and Jeff VanderMeer
How do groups and organizations foster healthy futures?
New stories about fantasy worlds, distant solar systems, and stories about the Marvel Universe.
Here's the October 2021 book list, in chronological order.
This weekend, the biggest union behind the live entertainment industry is about to vote whether or not to go on strike. They have good reason to: the demand for original content has pushed Hollywood's workers to the limit.
Well, this is unexpected.
How Foundation became the story that powered space opera
Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck look back on their epic space opera series, writing for television, and what they hope its impact will be a decade from now
Booksellers and publishers are warning that if you want that big new book this holiday season, you should probably get your orders in early.
J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5 is a phenomenal space opera series. A reboot is long-overdue.
How are conventions adapting to the world of COVID-19? Pretty well, it seems.
The rise and fall of ANOVOS
Atlanta’s Dragon Con took place over the long Labor Day weekend, and as part of the festivities, the convention handed out its annual Dragon Awards, which honor the past year’s best books, comics, and games in a variety of categories. The awards are fairly new: they were introduced
Serialization has brought plenty of excellent shows to television. But what would a great, episodic space opera series look like today?
This month brings a ton of books about AI, kingdoms in strife, and plenty of other adventures to dive into
Here's the September 2021 book list, in chronological order.
Reading and criticism shouldn't be tied to a book's publicity calendar
A new horror anthology is set to feature BIPOC and ethnically marginalized writers from all over the world: Death in the Mouth. The project is currently funding on Kickstarter, and just surpassed its funding goal of $35,000. The anthology will be edited by cartoonist Sloane Leong (editor of Cautionary
Storytelling platform Curious Fictions is shutting down. It filled a unique need for writers: hosting their short fiction backlist.
Tanya Breshears on founding, running, and closing down Curious Fictions
Ever since Three-Body Problem hit stores back in 2008, Cixin Liu has become one of the biggest names in science fiction, with his stories getting adapted for big-budget films and TV shows. Now, his stories are being adapted for a new medium: comics. SciFiNow has a preview of three new
Apple's Foundation is on its way, and every time I write about it, I see lots of handwringing over how it'll turn out. What makes a good adaptation?
The fall of Afghanistan brings to an end two decades of warfare. It also brings a key lesson for writers: acknowledge complexity.
This week’s revelation that anti-vaccine activists have been citing a plot point from 2007’s I Am Legend serves as a good reminder of fiction’s ability to shape our understanding of reality.
Dragon Con, the massive multimedia convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia, has announced this year’s slate of finalists for its annual Dragon Awards. The awards are a fan-driven affair: anyone can sign up to nominate and participate, regardless of whether or not you’re attending the convention. The awards
An audiobook narrator spent two months creating a new audio edition of Dune, only to discover that the entire project was a scam
Starting in 2022, you'll be able to book a voyage on Disney's Galactic Starcruiser, an immersive Star Wars experience... for a hefty price.
Another big fantasy world might be coming to television. Deadline reportsthat Ted Fields and his production company Radar Pictures (currently working on Amazon’s The Wheel of Time) as acquired the rights to Mercedes Lackey’s sprawling Valdemar series, with the eye towards adapting it for the small screen. According
The Middle-earth-set series drops on Amazon Prime Video on September 2nd, 2022
A roundup of all of the best-looking science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels hitting shelves this month.
The near future of crewed spaceflight brings a lot of promise with it, but it's worth looking back on the Apollo missions to understand where we've come from
A recent hot take suggested that the military's use of fiction ignores the genre's inherent warnings about technology. The opposite is true.
Frank Herbert's Dune has been adapted a handful of times, but I think this new adaptation captures a key part of the story that the others haven't: it's a story about war.
ARCs have long been a staple of publishing, but their role in a book’s publicity lifecycle is evolving.
Neill Blomkamp's 2013 film Elysium is an underrated film that continues to grow in relevance
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have repeatedly highlighted how science fiction has influenced their worldviews
Two novels, Arkady Martine's A Desolation Called Peace and Timothy Zahn's Conqueror's Pride deal with first contact in some interesting ways
Tau Ceti is one of our nearest celestial neighbors, so it shouldn't be a huge surprise that it's a frequent destination for authors.
A year ago, Andy Serkis set up a fundraising effort to help a pair of UK charities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which he read the entirety of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in a straight, 12-hour shot. Soon thereafter, HarperCollins brought him on to
After Isabel Fall published a story through Clarkesworld, Science Fiction Twitter came down on her quickly.
A roundup of all the science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels coming out in July 2021 to add to Mt. Toberead.
Apple released a new trailer for its upcoming adaptation of Foundation, and it looks as though it'll fit with a larger genre trend: critically examining the cost of imperialism and colonization
Every year, we get reminders about how fandom at its worst can be exclusionary and forbidden to newcomers. That's something that should change.
After years of development, a television adaptation of Anne Rice’s vampire novel Interview with the Vampire is a go. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will debut sometime in 2022 on AMC and AMC+, a year after the network first showed an interest in it. Perry Mason co-creator
Carrie Vaughn on tactile escapism, immersive entertainment, and her latest book Questland
The idea of a science fiction canon is important to the larger fan community — but it's a canon that isn't always interrogated or reexamined
After publishing a racist audio version of one of its essays in November 2020, Fireside Magazine is working to regain its status as one of science fiction's leading anti-racist voices
There's an invisible line between cosplayers and reenactors, but while the uniforms are different, there's a lot that's the same under the hood
The Tolkien-verse gets even bigger.
Becky Chambers won the inaugural Hugo Award for Best Series in 2019, and with her latest novel, The Galaxy and the Ground Within now out, she talks about building "wonderful and insignificant" stories about space.
Storytelling is a powerful tool to evoke and impart emotions, and morality through fiction. But it's also a tool that organizations can and should utilize to effectively communicate their efforts.
A roundup of all the science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels coming out in June 2021 that you should add to your bookshelves.
Amazon announced that it's acquiring film studio MGM. The move is part of a larger trend of media consolidation, and it could have some worrisome impacts on MGM's creative legacy.
Earlier this week, word broke that Amazon was in discussions to purchase MGM. If that goes through, it could provide a return path for the Stargate franchise.
Warner Bros. is taking another stab at a Batgirl adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s hired directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life) to direct the film, based on a script from Birds of Prey and The Flashscreenwriter Christina Hodson. The character has been
In this week's Transfer Orbit roundup, we take a look at what the return of conventions and what it means for cosplayers.
How Kenneth C. Flint's long-lost and unpublished Star Wars novel was unearthed and lit up the fan community
May the 4th has become the defacto holiday for all things Star Wars, and I've been thinking about what that means, both as a cynical day of free marketing for Disney, but also a celebration of the community of fans out there.
Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution
When Timothy Zahn published Heir to the Empire in 1991, the Star Wars franchise was far from the public's awareness. The Thrawn trilogy helped it roar back.
While the Star Wars franchise is best known for its films, it's also well-known for its sprawling novel series, the Star Wars Expanded Universe. While it's no longer canon, it kept Star Wars going for decades, and still retains a loyal following.
While the Star Wars franchise is best known for its films, it's also well-known for its sprawling novel series, the Star Wars Expanded Universe. While it's no longer canon, it kept Star Wars going for decades, and still retains a loyal following.
While the Star Wars franchise is best known for its films, it's also well-known for its sprawling novel series, the Star Wars Expanded Universe. While it's no longer canon, it kept Star Wars going for decades, and still retains a loyal following.
A roundup of all the science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels coming out in May 2021 that you should add to your bookshelves.
Transfer Orbit's roundup for the week of April 26th: Developments in the #DisneyMustPay campaign.
Natalie Zina Walschot's novel Hench is an exhilarating, funny, and pointed look at the cost of superheroes.
Martha Wells on her blockbuster series Murderbot: finding common ground with anxiety-driven killer robots, television, and second chances.
I speak with Wild Thing's Laura Krantz about UFO and Bigfoot culture, and what those stories have to tell us about the world
This post was originally published in September 2019 for the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog [https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/does-science-fiction-have-a-moral-imperative-to-address-climate-change/] . Today, in cities across the globe, millions of people are taking part in the Global Climate Strike [https://globalclimatestrike.net/], an international movement to bring awareness to
Three novels take on a changing climate
Game of Thrones debuted a decade ago this month, and it arrived at a pivotal point in television history. Now that it's over, it's worth revisiting with fresh eyes.
The Turner Diaries inspired generations of white supremacists, and its narrative filled with racist tropes continues to have an impact.
Happy Saturday! This week got a bit away from me: I'm still dealing with some back problems that are making it hard to sit, and I spent [https://twitter.com/AndrewLiptak/status/1383108390373711875] much of Friday minding a tiny monster [https://twitter.com/AndrewLiptak/status/1383108390373711875] as we visited her
Earlier this week, Amazon announced an intriguing new product: Kindle Vella. It'll be a self-publishing platform that allows authors in its Kindle Direct Publishing program to write and sell serialized stories, and which lets readers read a couple of the installments for free, and pay for additional installments with a
Hello! This'll be a bit of a short newsletter this week. I did something to my back, and it's been painful to sit for long periods of time. I've been spending this week trying to avoid sitting or lifting things, which seems to be helping. Two programming notes: * With the
HBO Max released Godzilla vs. Kong last week, and I've been watching it in chunks with Bram over the last couple of days. I've been enjoying it: my expectations are firmly in the "two giant monsters duking it out on an aircrafter carrier" is a lot of fun, rather than
Happy Friday: I hope that you've had a good week. For a brief moment, it was spring here in Vermont, but outside my window, the landscape has been covered in a thin layer of snow. I'm ready for winter to be over, but at least it's pretty, and it's helpful
Happy April! It's finally spring, although Mother Nature decided to play a cruel April Fool's joke on us here in Vermont: I'm watching snow fall past my window right now. With the beginning of a new month, it's time to look forward a bit to see what books are coming
Amazon has found a new lead for its upcoming adaptation of William Gibson’s 2014 science fiction novel The Peripheral: Jack Reynor, who recently starred in Midsommar (pictured above). The book is set in two time periods: a near future world, and another point in time seventy years after an
Good morning! This is your notification that as of this week, Transfer Orbit has moved to a new home on Ghost. A couple of housekeeping notes: * I'm mirroring this email on both platforms, so you should receive one from each platform: if you only get the one from Substack, please
Happy Saturday, and apologies for the delay: this week has been a busy one. First, some personal news: We got a kitten! Meet Cinnamon, which breaks our established naming convention, but this little guy is essentially Bram's, so he got to name it. I've been calling him Sir Cinnamon, but
Featuring stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, S.B. Divya, Deji Bryce Olukotun, and Andrew Dana Hudson
Hulu’s been the home to the TV adaptation of author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale since 2017, and it looks like it’ll be delving into another of the author’s works: her dystopian Madaadam trilogy. According to Deadline, the streaming service has tapped Michael Lesslie to
This week: the 2020 Nebula Awards, trouble with Substack, and more.
Happy Friday! This week has been pretty quiet, SF/F-wise: it seems like the news about the royal family, the anniversary of COVID-19, and the passage of the latest stimulus bill has sucked most of the oxygen out of the room. Instead, I’ve got some thoughts on a thing
Yesterday was the first of two annual “World Book Days” — this one celebrated in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and which is funded by local publishers as a way to encourage reading and literacy. The bigger World Book Day will take place next month, on April 23rd (formally known as
Long after the TV series ended, its companion game is being shut down
Image: Andrew LiptakWelcome to March. There are two belated entries that I missed for the February list [https://andrewliptak.substack.com/p/february-2021-science-fiction-fantasy-new-books] that I meant to include (I had them marked down as March books, but it turns out I put them in the wrong month): the first is
This has been a pretty quiet week for me: I took a couple of days to get away from the internet and out of the house with my son, so this is going to be a bit of a shorter newsletter than usual. We’ve spent the last couple of
Micaiah Johnson’s debut is all about identity and the struggle for power
Games can lead to obsession and to action
I hope that you’re safe where you are, given the snowstorm that’s caused problems for Texas. I’ve horrified at the images that I’ve seen from the storm, and have been reflecting on my relationship with winter here in Vermont, where I’m a homeowner. I have
A history of Chinese science fiction Image: Andrew LiptakIn 2015, author Ken Liu stepped up to the podium at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, to accept the Hugo Award for Best Novel on behalf of Liu Cixin, author of The Three-Body Problem. It was a historic moment: Liu
Happy Friday — I hope that you’ve made it through this busy week. Presently, it’s -4° here in Vermont, which has me bundled up in my workplace with an entire pot of hot tea. This’ll be the first of two posts that will arrive in your inbox today.
Fuck around and find out
I made a cool finding earlier this week: while lamenting with some friends about the demise [https://andrewliptak.substack.com/p/reading-list-november-22nd] of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, my former editor, Joel Cunningham, said to double-check the rights — he couldn’t remember where ownership lies for the pieces that
The story of how James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse went from game concept to book series to blockbuster TV show
January was a fun month, wasn’t it? With all of that behind us, it’s time to look ahead at the next month, which means that there’s a whole bunch of new titles hitting stores. There is a book that I meant to include in the January book
Hello! We’re a month into a new year, and it doesn’t quite feel as bleak, does it? It’s a nice feeling. I’m making a couple of programming changes with what I’ve been calling the “roundup” newsletter public issues, which will hopefully be more useful to
Law & Order: SVU, The Rookie, and others in the post-George Floyd era Last year, I decided to binge watch my favorite fantasy TV series: Law & Order: SVU. All 21 seasons of it. I started with Season 13, right when the series experienced a bit of a reset when co-star Christopher
Fan fiction's strength isn't based on its literary merits, but on the fans that it brings together
What science fiction tells us about our current moment in 2021
2021 — a new year. Hopefully, you had a good weekend to test out these strange four numbers, and hopefully, they’ll be a little less chaotic than 2020 was. One thing’s for sure: there’ll always be books. In case you missed it, here’s my recent list of
Last 2020 retrospective that I’ve got for you this week. Happy new year! Over the last couple of years, I’ve kept a running thread on Twitter of the books I read, part of my effort to keep myself on track with a reading goal of roughly a book
The year ahead in new worlds and adventures A new year brings a whole slate of new books to covet. For a couple of months now, I’ve started getting new books in the mail: it’s always exciting to see what’s coming up, and it’s gotten me
The big events, stories, and people that shaped the year We’ve reached the end of another year. 2020 always held something of a science fictional promise — as any round-numbered year seems to — and the last 12 months outdid themselves. It’s been a challenging year for everyone, and I
This is the final roundup edition of 2020, although I’ll be in your inbox a couple of more time this week as I look back on the year. I started 2020 with just over 450 subscribers, and we’re ending with nearly a thousand new additions — you all are
Thank you for reading me this year We’re coming up on the end of 2020, and I’ve been thinking about the work that I’ve done. It’s been a busy year: most of my writing has been for Tor.com as a news writer, but it’s
The next couple of years for a Galaxy Far, Far Away I’ve been writing a lot about Star Wars recently (apologies if that’s not your jam — there’s just been a lot about it lately), and while Transfer Orbit isn’t *just* about the franchise, I think it’
Hello! Happy Thursday: I hope that you’re having a good week. This week has been a busy one on this end: our daycare is closed, so we’re dealing not only with a school-aged kid doing school work, but a tiny, feral monster that would otherwise be rehomed for
A deep dive into #DisneyMustPay For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a story about a major campaign that SFWA put out: #DisneyMustPay. Back in November, SFWA held a press conference that revealed that Alan Dean Foster found that some of his royalties had dried up
It’s mid-December, and I’ve had gifts on my mind the last couple of weeks, and I’ve always had fun putting these sorts of lists together. If you’re looking for some ideas of things to get for your friends or family (or yourself!), I’ve rounded up
Showing a bigger world beyond people named Luke, Leia, and Han
It might look like the 1980s, but we're still living in it
Book programming in a post-COVID world
It’s December. I’m not quite sure how that happened. The year has stretched on forever and is gone in a blink. (I feel like I say that every time though, so I’m not sure it’s really a surprise.) But: we made it! Onto 2021. Reaching the
But is The Mandalorian simply becoming a launchpad for more projects? Hello! I meant to get this issue out the day after Thanksgiving — apologies for the delay. The holiday itself was good. We made a small mountain of food and more turkey than we needed, but our dog, Tiki, was
"It's better to go down swinging than rolling over." Amazon Studios has announced [https://twitter.com/ExpanseOnPrime/status/1331281426520662017?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet] that it’s renewed its science fiction series for a sixth — and final — season, bringing to a close the adaptation of James S.
Harlan Ellison's long-unfinished science fiction anthology might finally see the light of day
Greetings! It’s been… quite the week, hasn’t it? I was incredibly relieved when various networks began to call the Presidential race on Saturday: a weight of uncertainty has been lifted. Obviously, there’s a lot that needs to happen between now and then: states need to certify their
Artificial intelligence is coming to the battlefield: how will we prepare? Under the cover of darkness, a team of soldiers from the United States Special Operations Command quietly makes their way into an unnamed East African city. They’re clad in specialized clothing and makeup that hampers facial recognition software
This week is going to be… a week, isn’t it? I cast my ballot for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris a couple of months ago, and I’m dreading the coming controversy that’s sure to come this week as the votes are tabulated. On top of that, it’
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic, Stephen Graham Jones' The Only Good Indians, and Paul Tremblay's Survivor Song
Conspiracy theories and online fandom
There’s a road near where I grew up where a monster is said to live. Drive a half mile up the Devil’s Washbowl Road, and it narrows into a single track that isn’t maintained come winter. As you drive into the forest, the trees tower over you,
Netflix is working to adapt another major video game series: Assassins Creed. It’s signed an agreement with Ubisoft to develop a major TV franchise based on the games, starting with a live-action show. According to Ubisoft, the “deal includes multiple different series, the first of which will be a
The cold has come for Vermont. I woke up this week to darkening skies and a thin layer of wet snow clinging to the leaves, and it’s remained overcast and damp, which is the perfect environment for the week of Halloween, and for a project that I’ve been
Reimagining Lovecraft, Robin Hobb on The Farseer Trilogy, and more Hello! I hope that you’ve been faring well in the last couple of weeks. One of the things that I’ve found myself doing the last couple of months is work around the house, activities that keep me focused
The franchise's original creators have sued Wizards of the Coast for breach of contract over a new book trilogy
Transfer Orbit Fiction My phone pings, rousing me out of my light sleep. I sigh and pick myself up from where I was lying in the driver’s seat of my battered pickup truck. The sun hasn’t appeared over the eastern mountains just yet, but the overcast sky has
Happy Friday! (or whatever day it is you’re reading this on.) One of my favorite discoveries recently has been author Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas, Rule of Capture, and Failed State, as well as a whole host of short stories. He’s popped up in some interesting
The legacy of a megastructure
Mobile office for when I need to get out of the house\ Last June, I took it upon myself to write up a post [https://andrewliptak.substack.com/p/reading-list-what-s-in-your-bag-reviews] about what I carry with me when I go out and about. I did another one for the newsletter GetRevue
Amazon’s adaptation of William Gibson’s 2014 novel The Peripheral now has its lead actress. Variety reports that Chloë Grace Moretz will play Flynne Fisher, a woman who’s trying to care for her family—her ailing mother and her brother Burton, who’s dealing with injuries from serving
Another COVID casualty Well, this isn’t a huge surprise: Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have apparently bumped the release date of their adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune from December 18th 2020 to October 1st, 2021, according to Variety [https://variety.com/2020/film/box-office/dune-release-date-delayed-2021-1234767105/] . It’s the
Introducing Transfer Orbit Hello! We’re in the midst of fall here in Vermont — the reds, yellows, and oranges are particularly vivid on the trees and the forest floors. It’s a time of transition, something that’s been on my mind as we barrel into October. The state of
How is it October already? I think we’ve established that time is working in strange ways this year, and if this week is any indication, it’s going to be an awful slog over the next 33 days. Go vote! If there’s any bright spot, it’s that
Liu Cixin runs afoul of the GOP Yesterday, five US senators, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Thom Tillis (NC), and Martha McSally (R-TX) sent a letter [https://www.blackburn.senate.gov/services/files/D8359E17-4931-41B8-9EE4-0DC874904A23] to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos over a recent project that
How I photograph books and covers I’ve had a couple of people ask over the years about what I do for book photographs, and I figured it would be a good excuse to talk a bit about my approach to using images in reviews. When it comes to reviewing
A podcast, a streaming service, and a look at the making of a classic film I hope that you’ve had a good week. I’ve spent the last couple of days playing with a power washer — my house is now free of a decent layer of grime and dust.
By Lee Mandelo Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling blew up headlines with a series of transphobic tweets and a followup essay that outlined her views when it came to trans people. It’s caused considerable angst within the trans community and its allies, and has both galvanized trans activists
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer [https://www.tor.com/2020/09/09/dune-movie-denis-villeneuve-frank-herbert-trailer-watch/] for its upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The trailer looks really fantastic: a faithful adaptation that really takes the source material seriously. The original novel is one of my favorites, and I’ve
Back in 2016, I read two similar novels that tackled race in America: one was Ben H. Winters’ Underground Airlines, a novel that imagined what the US would have looked like if the Civil War came to a stalemate and was never resolved, and Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country, about
Since 1994, if you wanted to buy a book online, there’s a good chance that you’d do so from one place: Amazon.com. Jeff Bezos’ company started out as an online bookstore, but in the years since its founding, it’s expanded far beyond the bookshelf to everything
From the creators of Game of Thrones A bit of cool news came through this morning: Netflix is adapting [https://twitter.com/NXOnNetflix/status/1300795547536719875] Liu Cixin’s epic science fiction trilogy The Remembrance of Earth’s Past — The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and Death’s End, with a
Hello! It’s hard to believe that it’s September already. Time flies when you’re… stuck at home and time has no meaning, I guess? I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut in recent weeks, but one book that I’ve been enjoying is The Human
A walk through the recent past A month or so ago, my family and I took advantage of the warmer weather and went on a hike through Barre’s Millstone Trail [http://www.millstonetrails.org/] system, a nexus of recreation paths across second-growth forest that covers up the remains of
Hello! I’ve been realizing that this newsletter is a bit scattershot when it comes to topic, and I like the ability to bundle together a random assortment of ideas. This week, I’ve got some thoughts about the technology side of reading: some recent news about audiobooks from two
The summer is coming to a quick close. I’ve already begun seeing red and yellow leaves falling to the floor while out on walks, and the peak summer temperatures up here thankfully seem to have passed. COVID-19 is still a thing, and we’re coming to terms with what
It’s been just over a year since I was summoned into a video chat and told that I no longer had a job. It’s a weird sort of anniversary, one that marks a door slamming shut in my face, but there’s also been a bunch of other
Fonda Lee’s 2017 novel Jade City is headed to NBC’s new streaming service Peacock. According to Deadline, NBC is developing the novel as a television series. The novel is the first installment of Lee’s The Green Bone Saga—which also includes this year’s Jade War and
This past week has been a busy one. Not just because of last week’s Hugo Awards ceremony — huge thanks to those who followed along with my live-tweeting of the ceremony, and for finding your way here — but I’ve also been doing some decidedly non-SF/F work, in the
Science fiction was born in the fires of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
This year’s Hugo Awards have been announced [https://www.tor.com/2020/07/31/announcing-the-2020-hugo-award-winners/]: Arkady Martine won for Best Novel for her debut, A Memory Called Empire, a space opera about colonization and freedom as a solitary ambassador from a distant space habitat tries to keep her home
Tonight at the virtual CoNZealand is this year’s Hugo Awards presentation. It’ll begin streaming online at 7PM Eastern time [https://watch.thefantasy.netw/], and I’m eager to see what wins the top honor this year. The last couple of years have brought about some excellent works, and
This past weekend, Apple unveiled a teaser trailer for the second season of its upcoming series, For All Mankind, showing off an alternate future of war on the Moon, and it’s pretty scary. I’m a big fan of this show [https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/1/20941718/
Robert Jackson Bennett's Shorefall, Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, and Mary Robinette Kowal's The Relentless Moon show off worlds that are full of imbalance
Amazon Studios has announced that it’s ordered a series based on Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Paper Girls, about a group of friends who accidentally stumble into the middle of an invasion by time travelers. The comic series is written by Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, and
Hello! It’s been a fun couple of days. If you’re on Twitter and have Verified status, you probably found that you couldn’t post the other day for a while. Twitter experienced a major security breach [https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jgxd3d/twitter-insider-access-panel-account-hacks-biden-uber-bezos] , and it seems
A couple of years ago, Mary Robinette Kowal published a pair of books that utterly blew me away [https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/22/17698510/the-lady-astronaut-calculating-stars-fated-sky-mary-robinette-kowal-science-fiction-book-review] : the first two installments of her Lady Astronaut series: The Calculating Stars [https://bookshop.org/a/6134/9780765378385] and The Fated Sky [https:
Some interesting news just dropped: Ernie Cline is finally publishing his sequel [https://www.tor.com/2020/07/08/ernest-clines-ready-player-two-will-hit-bookstores-in-november/] to his blockbuster book Ready Player One [https://bookshop.org/a/6134/9780307887443]. Ready Player Two (ugh) is set to hit stores on November 24th, and needless to say, I
In May, Gollum actor Andy Serkis powered through a 12-hour reading marathon (a Hobbitathon) of the entirety of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Now, he’ll go back behind the microphone to do it again, for a new edition of the fantasy novel’s audiobook. This new edition
In November 2019, a familiar name appeared in bookstores: Michael Crichton. Crichton had died at the age of 66 in 2008 after a brief battle against lymphoma, but there his name was emblazoned in red on the cover of a new novel called The Andromeda Evolution [https://bookshop.org/a/
How is it July already? The year moving right along despite everything, and that means that we’ve got a new batch of books hitting bookstores in the next month. This coming month brings a whole bunch of interesting titles: a bunch of post-apocalyptic adventures, expeditions into the depths of
Hi — I have a couple of brief updates on upcoming newsletter stuff, and the state of the genre fan world. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you’re tied into the genre fan scene at all in the last week, my condolences. It’s been a bit of a bloodbath, as a number of
Hello! I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a lull the last week. I’ve had plenty to do, and plenty to read (and I have been busy), but it feels like it’s one of those weeks (or months) where the results of that work isn’
Oh no, J.K. Rowling and Richard K. Morgan > A couple of disclaimers before I dive into this letter: First: To make it very clear where I stand here: trans rights are human rights. I’m the interloper here. I’m a white, cis male who hasn’t experienced the
Hello! It’s been a weird week, hasn’t it? I spent the weekend getting away from home for a couple of days by visiting my parents in upstate New York. (Fortunately, Vermont has relaxed some travel restrictions, allowing us to go out to low-impact counties and return without having
I promised a letter with some additional commentary and reviews in my June 2020 book list issue, but given the events of this week, my mind has been scattered. I’m heartbroken at the senseless loss of life, the blatant police brutality, and the disproportionate, racist, and sheer evil response
Hello! As noted in my May 22nd letter [https://andrewliptak.substack.com/p/reading-list-fandoms-relationship], my regular column with Polygon has been put on hiatus for a while, presumably because of the strain that the COVID-19 pandemic puts on editorial resources and budgets. I enjoy putting these together, so I’ll
Marko Kloos on bringing his Frontlines series to a close
It’s been a busy week! I’ve been caught up with a bunch of projects, and there has been some interesting developments in the last week that I’ll talk about in a minute, along with the usual slate of recommendations and longer reads that I found worth reading.
John Scalzi on fictional pandemics, space empires, and more.
Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is getting another adaptation: today on Twitter, he and his wife Becky announced that Disney will be making a TV series for its streaming service, Disney +. Riordan didn’t reveal any additional details beyond the pickup: just that it’ll be coming to the
Greetings! I hope that you’re doing well. I’ve got a lot coming up in this newsletter. First up, some potential changes to this letter that I’d love to get your thoughts on. After that, thoughts on the end of The Clone Wars, Eddie Robson’s Hearts of
Hello! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway contest. In total, we raised $225. I’ve notified giveaway winners, and I’ll be shipping their books out to them shortly. Thank you! If you happen to buy a new book in the next couple of weeks or months, consider
I wanted to sent out a short reminder to folks regarding the giveaway that I announced in the last message: it ends tonight! From the last letter: So, I’ve got a challenge: donate to this fund before April 14th, and let me know how much you donated. I’ll
I hope that you’re doing okay — it feels like the last two weeks have been an eternity. The last couple of days have been rough, watching things like the unemployment numbers skyrocket, and seeing headlines that trumpet that we’re certainly headed for a recession, if not a depression.
R.F. Kuang made a splash in 2018 with her debut novel, The Poppy War, an epic military fantasy about a young woman named Rin, who finds herself in the midst of a brutal war. Loosely based on real-world Chinese history, The Poppy War earned Kuang nominations for both the
Greetings! It’s amazing at how quickly things seem to have turned with the COVID-19 pandemic. I guess that’s to be expected when you’re on an exponential curve. Last week, we learned that schools would be closed until April. No worries — we have a solid daycare that would
Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem and the rest of his Remembrances of Earth’s Past trilogy have been hailed as a modern science fiction classic since it was translated into English in 2014. Predictably, many of the series’ fans have wondered when there’ll be a film or television
Hello! I’ve been working on getting back into a routine after finishing The Book: I’ve got a couple of freelance projects that I’ve been working on, but it’s been nice to take a relatively quiet couple of days to catch up on some reading and other
So… I wrote a book! The first draft of Cosplay: A History, or whatever we’re going to call it, is now complete. And by complete, it’s like a house with walls, a roof that’s leaking, and that’s in dire need of some more furniture, plumbing, and
New editions explore the many facets of sci-fi icon Stanislaw Lem
Hello! This isn’t a regular issue, but a short update on The Book. It’s officially crossed the 75,000 word count that my contract mandates! Technically, I guess I can turn it in, but that’s not going to happen just yet: I still have quite a bit
Hello! It’s been a little while since my last newsletter went out. I’ve been working on The Book. Let’s jump into it. The Book First off, an update on The Book: it’s coming along nicely. I’m about 80% of the way there, and is now
Christopher Tolkien, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien who continued his father’s publishing legacy, has died, according to The Tolkien Society. He was 95. The third son of the late epic fantasy author, Christopher was the initial audience for his father’s initial famous work, The Hobbit. While
Hello there! I hope that the new year is treating you well. I’ve been hard at work on a bunch of things while fighting off a head cold. I’ve got a couple of things here to chat about this time around: a look at Tamyn Muir’s fantastic
Within the world of science fiction television, it seems as though there’s one series above all that most fans would want to see a return to: Joss Whedon’s Firefly. Running in 2002 on Fox with a meager 13 episodes, the series came to an abrupt end, only to
Happy new year! 2019 was a year full of changes and surprises. We had a baby girl, I sold a book (which I’m in the midst of writing now), got into a major car crash, lost my job and went back to freelance writing, and attended a number of
It’s been a long ten years. As the end of the year approached, I toyed with putting together some sort of “best of the decade” list, only to realize that that’s a nearly impossible task: stories are subjective at the best of times, and such a list simply
Hulu isn’t moving forward with its adaptation of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles novels, according to Variety. The paper has learned that Rice and her team are working to sell the series elsewhere. Rice kicked off the series with Interview with the Vampire in 1976, about a vampire named
Hello! I was on the road this past weekend on a secret mission to California: I attended the world premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker! I made a bit of an extended trip out of it, and had a blast. I meant to get this letter out before
Hello! This letter is a bit overdue. I’ve been tied up with a bunch of baby, book, teaching, and other things the last couple of weeks. Let’s dive in. Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth For years now, author Philip Pullman worked on a successor to his His
Hello! It’s been a busy couple of weeks, between teaching and regular writing work. And, yesterday was Disney + day! It’s extremely exciting because it meant the release of The Mandalorian, which I’ve been really pumped for. Some thoughts ahead, as well as an overview of some costuming
A Journey into the History of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
MGM has announced that its Stargate-focused streaming service Stargate Command will shut the iris for the last time later this year, and that much of its original content will migrate over to YouTube. In a statement, the site’s staff say that the “past two years have been a joy,
Joe Hill on Full Throttle, Netflix Adaptations, and Working With His Dad
I’m writing from my hotel room in Rhode Island, where I’m spending the next couple of days to attend Rhode Island Comic Con, the last big convention that I’m planning on going to this year. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I’ve got
Disney’s forthcoming Rogue One prequel TV series about rebel agent Cassian Andor has found a writer: Tony Gilroy, who will write the pilot and a handful of episodes, according to Variety. The news brings a bit of continuity to the production of the series with Rogue One. The series
Hello! Bonus issue today for y’all. I was annoyed by a list of science fiction recommendations that I came across, and wanted to unpack that a bit more than I did on Twitter. Plus, I had a stack of neat articles that I wanted to share with y’all.
Hello! It's been a ... busy couple of weeks while we adjust to having a new child in the house. Thank you for the kind words about Iris — she's coming along nicely, and appears to be a fairly well-tempered child. Getting a second child in the house meant that I needed
A ship's XO goes over the ways in which to make a quick escape from a space station
Hello! It’s been a busy couple of weeks — the highlight of which was heading down to attend DragonCon for the first time. It’s a convention that I’ve seen a lot of friends go to over the years, but haven’t had the chance to go to until
Hello! It's been quite the week. Some good news: I'm picking up some freelance work at The Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, it looks like I'll be picking up some of my regular book coverage with Polygon, and will be regularly writing news for Tor.com. I kicked off
Hello! So, last week didn't turn out as I'd expected it to. I was let go from The Verge : my last day was Wednesday. The reasons are both simple and complicated, and I'm not going to go into a whole lot of detail, other than to say that I'm bummed
Hello! This letter is coming a bit later than usual: I’ve been thinking that I want to shift this to a Monday delivery, and ended up getting caught up in a home-improvement project all day yesterday. I’ve got a couple of things for you today: books that I
A history of science fiction’s biggest award
Hello! I hope that you’re enjoying your summer! I’ve got some overdue features that I’ve promised you for this newsletter: some thoughts on Netflix’s Stranger Things, an interview with Cadwell Turnbull, and some other things. I’m heading out today to Fort Ticonderoga in New York
Hello! I’m writing this weekend from upstate New York. My parents have a house on a lake up here, and it’s been a bit of a retreat that we’ve been utilizing over the last couple of years. They got high-speed internet a year or so ago, which
Hello! There’s been a bunch of newcomers to this newsletter in the last couple of weeks / months. This is a letter that I write out on a regular basis about science fiction, writing and the future of reading. In this issue, a "What's in your bag?" post, reviews for
Good morning! I've got a regular newsletter prepped for later this week, but I wanted to send out a quick thing about a pair of events that I'll be at in the coming days — I'll be interviewing debut author Cadwell Turnbull about his new novel The Lesson! I've been reading
A neighborhood is fed up with a new problem that they face: free-range velociraptors
Hello! This is the Reading List part of this week’s newsletter (the other is the short story, which you should have also received.) First up: I’ll be at a couple of events with debut author Cadwell Turnbull [https://www.andrewliptak.com/blog/cadwell-turnbull-the-lesson-events-books-are-magic-yankee-bookshop-brooklyn-woodstock-event] : one at Brooklyn’s Books
Hello! This is a bit of a shorter letter this week: I don’t have any huge, overarching commentary this time around, but I did have a couple of things that caught my interest when it comes to the world of science fiction and fantasy writing. End of an Era
Hello! Apologies for the tardiness of this latest letter: my sister's wedding was this weekend: it was a lovely time, and I ended up spending the weekend seeing relatives (hi Aunt Dot, Aunt Gin!) that I haven't seen in a while. This weekend marked the end of HBO's Game of
Hello! Happy May the 4th — the internationally recognized corporate, toyetic holiday for all things Star Wars. It's also Free Comic Book Day. I took my son to pick up a couple of comics from the local store here. I picked up some Firefly ones, which I kind of forgot were
Hello! Here's a special announcement edition of Wordplay, because that thing I mentioned to keep an eye out on in my last letter? I can finally say what it is: I'm writing a book! The contracts have been signed and counter-signed, and the announcement just went up on [https://www.
Hello! I'm back from Star Wars Celebration. It was a blast, and I have to say, post-con blues are a thing. I've been down all week, and I'm already looking forward to hitting up another convention at some point in the nearish future. Onto your regularly-scheduled newsletter! Star Wars Celebration!
Hello! This week’s letter is coming in early, because later this week, I’ll be out at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. This weekend, I attended the 16th Annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM [https://tolkienvt.org/2019]. Dr. Christopher Vaccaro puts on the event each year, and
A migrant navigates a twisted set of spells to cross a formidable border.
Hello! I hope that you're doing well. I've been jotting down ideas for this column the last couple of weeks, and I keep coming back to a topic I've been thinking about a lot over the years — how we pay for science fiction, and how the fiction we consume is
Second letter in a week? What is this madness? The last issue was late, and I figure I might as well stick with the biweekly schedule, so you get two this week. This newsletter has hit 300 subscribers, which is astonishing to me. Thank you to those of you who
Is this thing on? This issue is very delayed, and I’m very sorry about that. I’ve been crawling out of a pit of sickness the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, my son, wife, and I all came down with what we think is the flu, which
Hello! I'm writing from my hotel room in Boston, where I'm attending Boskone 56. It's a long-running, annual science fiction / fantasy literature convention that I've gone to the past couple of years, and like any convention, it's a good opportunity and place to meet up with fellow writers and fans,
Hello! I hope that you’re doing well. I meant to get this out earlier, but I had the day off yesterday, spent many hours in the car, saw some friends, then got home late. I've got a short letter for today. Collective futures Last week, we published a story
Hello! Apologies for the delay in this latest installment. I was caught up with a bunch of projects at work (which I’ll get to in a moment), as well as a snow storm that’s dumped more than a foot of powder on my literal doorstep. My snow blower
Happy new year! I hope that you had an opportunity to take a break over the holidays. I took two weeks off, which was great — I feel like I haven't taken a break in a while, and it was nice to get out and see family, do a bit of
Hello! Welcome to issue #4 of Wordplay! (You can read the past issues here [https://tinyletter.com/liptakaa/archive]) I’ve alluded to a big project being launched in the last two letters, and it’s finally been revealed: The Verge [https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/5/18055980/better-worlds-science-fiction-short-stories-video]
Hello! This is letter #3 of Wordplay (here are the first [https://app.tinyletter.com/#!/messages/6162217/report] two [https://app.tinyletter.com/#!/messages/6165445/report]). I hope that everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We stayed at home this year, rather than drive down to Pennsylvania. Instead, my mother-in-law drove
Greetings! This is letter #2 (you can read the first here [http://tinyletter.com/liptakaa/letters/wordplay-lunar-stories-star-wars-cinematic-universe-stumbles-and-sci-fi-history] ). Thanks for those who told me that they liked the first letter, or who have since signed up or spread the word. It's much appreciated. This week, I've got some thoughts on how
Okay, let's try this out — I honestly wasn't sure what the response would be like when I said that I'd be doing a newsletter, and I'm gratified at the kind words people have sent my way, and for all of you who jumped on the bandwagon. Thank you! Hopefully it'll
An underrated SF trilogy
Tremblay's latest horror is a gripping meditation on what we leave behind
We’re often told “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. While it’s certainly true, there are a handful of artists whose artwork has had me pick up books off the shelf time and time again. John Harris is one such artist, whose work has graced the covers
A soldier contends with the toll of war on a distant planet.