Andrew Paul is Popular Science‘s staff writer covering tech news. Previously, he was a regular contributor to The A.V. Club and Input, and has had recent work featured by Rolling Stone, Fangoria, GQ, Slate, NBC, as well as McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He lives outside Indianapolis.
- Fascinated with exploring and documenting the modern dystopian intersections of culture, tech, labor, climate change, and the internet.
- Writer of spooky horror fiction in his spare time. Ask him about his (still unpublished) novel.
- Previous writing featured with Rolling Stone, Fangoria, GQ, Slate, NBC, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Andrew has freelanced across print and digital publications for over a decade, with an increasing focus given to the ways technology interacts with and influences modern culture. He is also passionate about holding the world’s most powerful Big Tech figures accountable on surveillance tech, labor relations, and environmental policies.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Mississippi.
Favorite weird science fact
The true father of American space exploration and rocketry, Jack Parsons, led a double life as an avowed hedonistic occultist who counted L. Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowler as friends. He also engaged in many hobbies that are better left unsaid—probably why he’s not nearly as well-known as contemporaries like Wehrner von Braun, despite the latter reportedly once arguing Parsons was far more influential during rocketry’s early days.