Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming (co-edited collection, 2013)
The undead are back! Eighteen new essays explore the intersection of the Western and horror genres in literature, comics, graphic novels, games, and fan culture, from 1930s pulps to zombie walks and Red Dead Redemption, Read more . . .
1950’s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men (co-edited collection, 2012)
How the heroes of early sci-fi television -- Tom Corbett, Captain Video, and others -- taught 1950s kids about modern technology, good citizenship, and “Pep, the Solar Cereal,” ushering in the Space Age, 30 minutes at a time. Read more . . .
Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies & Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier (co-edited collection, 2012)
Outlaws and lawmen join forces against vampires, zombie hordes lay siege to saloons, and ghostly cowboys counsel wayward heroes: How the intrusion of the undead challenges (and reinforces) the messages of the traditional Western. Read more . . .
A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and TV since 1930 (2011)
Spencer Tracy as Thomas Edison . . . Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein . . . Harpo Marx as Isaac Newton? Hollywood’s dramatic portrayals of real-world scientists and inventors: the serious, the silly, and the strange. Read more . . .
Learning from Mickey, Donald, and Walt: Essays on Disney’s Edutainment Films (edited collection, 2011)
All about Walt Disney films designed to educate audiences as they entertained, from The Living Desert and Johnny Tremain to Our Friend the Atom and VD Attack Plan. Read more . . .
Rockets and Missiles: The Life Story of a Technology (2004; reprinted 2007)
Rocket technology -- and how it changed the world, in both peace and war -- from the Middle Ages to the dawn of the twenty-first century. Read more . . .
Imagining Flight: Aviation and Popular Culture (2003)
The first century of powered flight as it was experienced from the ground, and depicted in novels and short stories, films and television programs, songs and advertisements. Read more . . .
Science in Popular Culture: A Reference Guide (2002)
Eighty short essays about the gulf between scientific reality and popular culture’s depictions of it. Ever wonder why gravity only affects cartoon characters when they start thinking about it? This is your book. Read more . . .
Men Among the Mammoths: Victorian Science and the Discovery of Human Prehistory (1993)
Between 1858 and 1863, a small group of British geologists rewrote scientists’ understanding of the prehistory, established a new scientific field, and challenged long-held assumptions about science and religion. This is their story. Read more . . .