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.
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.