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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Reviews // 12 Articles

Hollywood, History, and the Art of the Big Anachronism | 25 Sep 2013 // 9:14 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.


New Dinosaurs, Old Plot | 5 Nov 2015 // 7:10 PM

Jurrasic World is big, loud movie with a smaller, quieter movie inside of it, peeking out at unexpected moments.

'Tomorrowland' Captures Sci-fi’s Shiny Surfaces but Misses Its Geeky Heart | 3 Nov 2015 // 11:30 PM

Brad Bird’s message, with which he clubs the audience about the head and shoulders, is that we could have had jet packs, space travel, and all of that by now -- if only we hadn’t stopped believing.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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