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
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.
New Dinosaurs, Old Plot | 5 Nov 2015 // 8:10 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 | 4 Nov 2015 // 12:30 AM
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.