Andrew Liptak

The Verge

@andrewliptak

  • Currently serves as the weekend editor for The Verge.
  • Graduated with a degree in history from Norwich University in 2007
  • Enjoys writing about military history, planets, and science fiction.
10 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in January

Jan 17

There are new science fiction and fantasy novels coming from Katherine Arden, Ben H. Winters, Robert Bennett Jackson, Seanan McGuire, and more coming out in January 2019.

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A sequel to the original Ghostbusters is being planned for 2020

Jan 16

The Ghostbusters franchise is coming back again. Entertainment Weekly reports that Sony Pictures has tapped Jason Reitman (the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 film) to direct a sequel set in the world of the original Ghostbusters. It’s pla…

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Watch the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home

Jan 15

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home reunites Peter Parker with his best friends. It takes place in the summer, but Marvel is skirting around the events of Avengers: Endgame, so don’t expect too many spoilers.

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Justina Ireland on how systems create oppression and how to break free

Jan 14

An interview with the author of A Theory of Flight from Better Worlds, our sci-fi project about hope. Justina Ireland discusses representation in space travel, and why the practice feels like it will be inherently unequal in the future.

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Watch the first teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones

Jan 14

The final season begins on April 14th, 2019

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Apple’s HomePod will be available in China on Friday

Jan 13

In December, Apple said that it would begin selling its HomePod smart speaker in China “early next year.” Today, the company revealed that the device will go on sale at the end of this week, on January 18th.

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Watch a Chinese probe land on the far side of the Moon

Jan 13

On January 2nd, China became the first country to land a spacecraft on the Moon’s far side (not the dark side) when the Chang’e-4 probe gently touched down the surface. Now, China’s space agency has released footage of the landing.

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California standoff ends after police use robot to deliver vape pen to suspect

Jan 13

An hours-long standoff in Novato, California came to a peaceful end yesterday when police officers used a police robot to deliver a vape pen to the suspect, who had threatened to burn down a gas station.

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This beautiful short Star Wars fan film brings Hamlet to a galaxy far, far away

Jan 13

The works of William Shakespeare are incredibly versatile, especially when it comes to science fiction and fantasy. They’ve been translated into Klingon, been reinterpreted as science fiction films and novels, and even been used as a way to reinterpret the St…

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Hybrid Air Vehicles has grounded its ‘flying bum’ prototype airship

Jan 13

A couple of years ago, UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles captivated the world when it unveiled the Airlander 10, a lighter-than-air airship designed as an alternative to airplanes and helicopters. Now, that first prototype won’t take to the skies again, as the com…

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Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat is rumored to be in production

Jan 12

Apple’s long-delayed AirPower wireless charging mat might be in production, if rumors are to believed. Word comes via a tweet from ChargerLAB (via MacRumors), which says that it’s learned from a “credible source” that the long-delayed wireless charging mat ha…

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IMDb has launched an ad-supported movie streaming service

Jan 10

IMDb is known as the place to go to look up details for any film under the sun, and now it’s getting into the streaming video arena. The company has launched Freedive, a free movie streaming platform that’s supported by periodic ad breaks.

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A new trailer for Netflix’s Punisher teases a bloody season 2

Jan 10

A new trailer for The Punisher’s second season shows Frank Castle coming out of retirement to save a young woman. The confrontation puts them in the crosshairs of a new villain named Jigsaw. The season returns on January 18th, 2019.

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Star Wars Resistance is getting a second season

Jan 9

Disney announced today that it has renewed Star Wars Resistance for a second season, which will debut this fall. The studio also released a trailer for the second half of the first season, which resumes this weekend.

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London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports have purchased their own anti-drone systems

Jan 5

In December, Gatwick Airport was shut down after a drone was reportedly sighted flying nearby. Flights resumed after the British Army brought in its own anti-drone defense systems. To protect themselves from future incidents, both Gatwick and Heathrow airport…

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All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019

Dec 30

2019 is shaping up to be an incredible year for science fiction and fantasy fans, with new books from established writers like James S.A. Corey, Ann Leckie, William Gibson, and Kameron Hurley, as well as newcomers like Chen Quifan, Arkady Martine, and Cadwell…

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The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle

Dec 29

If you’re looking for recommendations, here are 14 science fiction books that stand on their own (or are loosely part of a bigger world) to start off with.

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Sprint will pay $330 Million to New York in tax fraud settlement

Dec 23

A long-running lawsuit between the state of New York and Sprint has come to a close. According to New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood, the wireless carrier will pay the state $330 million to settle claims that it failed to collect more than $100 mi…

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Facebook shelved a feature intended to promote civil political discourse

Dec 23

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook had begun working on a feature that would encourage users of opposing political beliefs to interact in a more positive way. But the project — known as “Common Ground” — was reportedly halted after Facebook’s globa…

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Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel

Dec 23

Robert Jackson Bennett’s novel Foundryside is like a cyberpunk novel wrapped up in an epic fantasy. It’s a thrilling read about security and the ethnics of technology that is all too relevant today.

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