A. Bowdoin Van Riper
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A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who writes about modern science and technology, and images of science, technology, and history in popular culture. He's the editor of Rowman & Littlefield's "Science Fiction Television" book series, and Web Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Film and History. He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin--Madison, and is the author or editor of 10 books (so far). His physical self resides on the coast of Massachusetts, and his virtual self at www.abvr.net

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//Features

Hollywood, History, and the Art of the Big Anachronism | 25 Sep 2013 // 10:14 PM

Turkey legs may take the place of hot dogs, but even in the Middle Ages—at least the version of it in films such as A Knight’s Tale—fans still do The Wave.

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Barbara Freese Reminds Us: Power Over Nature Is Bought at a Great Price | 14 Jul 2016 // 9:30 PM

This new edition of Coal is a compulsively readable history of how coal made the modern world, and of modern attempts to to make a world without coal.

Next Stop Mars? ... Maybe | 28 Jun 2016 // 9:15 PM

This breathless celebration of space travel in the post-shuttle era is long on beautiful pictures, but short on hard truths.

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Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

// Moving Pixels

"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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