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 // 16 Articles

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.


Every F***ing Thing You Need to Know About Profanity | 10 Oct 2016 // 3:30 AM

Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.

'Track Changes': History Written on Glass | 10 Aug 2016 // 9:05 PM

A dense, scholarly history of machine-made literary magic: effortless revisions, swappable files, perfect printouts, and what authors did with them.

//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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