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Author Archive: UncleGeoff

Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 15 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’
If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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The Doomed City (SF Masterworks) by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (book review).

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Doomed City (SF Masterworks) by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (book review).

A large city with farms on at least one of its borders and swamps on another is just about self-sustaining itself. It appears to have existed before populated by people from various nationalities and religions and, from the looks of things, from different time periods. New people, like Selma, suddenly arrive. Elusive Mentors supervise and […]

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Doctor Who: Paper Dolls by Ben Morris, Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee (book review).

August 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Paper Dolls by Ben Morris, Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee (book review).

In many respects, ‘Doctor Who: Paper Dolls’ is trying to hit several targets. With the introduction, Christel Dee suggests using the information from the pictures in this book as guidance in cosplay and how to make charity shops your favourite places to visit to find the kinds of clothes you can modify cheaply. As the […]

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Reed Crandall: Illustrator Of The Comics by Roger Hill (book review).

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reed Crandall: Illustrator Of The Comics by Roger Hill (book review).

I have to confess to not really knowing much about comicbook artist Reed Crandall. He came to prominence in the 1940s-50s and a little before my time and I wasn’t really picking up that many Warren magazines in his last phase in the 1960s. None of which is helped by not having a by-name associated […]

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Superman: The Persistence Of An American Icon by Ian Gordon (book review)

August 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Superman: The Persistence Of An American Icon by Ian Gordon  (book review)

As Ian Gordon’s book title, ‘Superman: The Persistence Of An American Icon’, reveals, he is interested in the longevity of the world’s most famous alien immigrant, the Man Of Steel. He points out from the start that Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were guided by editorial management. More so with Siegel as the […]

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TheColor Of Pixar by Tia Kratter (book review)

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
TheColor Of Pixar by Tia Kratter  (book review)

I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting when I spotted ‘The Color Of Pixar’ by Tia Kratter in the advance list from Abrams/Chronicle. With only a brief introduction by John Lasseter, Kratter explains her role at Pixar was in selecting the colours and textures that were used in the company’s films. Basically, this is […]

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Editorial – Aug 2017 : Why Science Fiction isn’t keeping up?

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Aug 2017  :  Why Science Fiction isn’t keeping up?

Hello everyone Although I’ve been reading more non-fiction for review than current Science Fiction, something that has struck me is how little modern technology has filtered into it. When you see American TV films acknowledging the using mobile phones to text message and showing the message on screen, you do have to wonder why instant […]

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Double Vision: A Tale Of Two Whiteys : a Psi-Kicks story by: GF Willmetts

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Double Vision: A Tale Of Two Whiteys  :    a Psi-Kicks story by: GF Willmetts

‘Now, Whitey, what you see?’ ‘Everything looks fuzzy.’ ‘Close one eye?’ ‘Which one?’ ‘Not fussy, there’s only a choice of two, dontchaknow?’ ‘Right. I’ll choose right.’ ‘Now what you see?’ ‘Everything looks, like, normal.’ ‘Switch eyes…open right and close left. Now whatchasee?’ ‘It looks…not like normal. Like no one’s cleaned in a week. Smelly. An […]

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Who Was That Masked Man? : an article of hidden identity by: GF Willmetts

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who Was That Masked Man?  :  an article of hidden identity by: GF Willmetts

For the super-hero or even the super-villain come to that, if you don’t want anyone to recognise you in civvies, then a disguise is essential. A few are content to go bare-faced, convinced that a change in posture and glasses and speech are sufficient. For the others, it has to be a cowl and/or mask. […]

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Three By Laumer by Keith Laumer (book review)

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Three By Laumer by Keith Laumer   (book review)

I did think ‘Three By Laumer’ was an odd choice for a book title until I checked and back in 1967, he had a book out called ‘Nine By Laumer’. I read some of Keith Laumer’s ‘Retief’ books in my youth from the library and found him to be a writer with buccaneer playfulness. If […]

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Back Issue # 98 August 2017 (magazine review)

July 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Back Issue # 98 August 2017  (magazine review)

This issue of ‘Back Issue’ is devoted to DC Comics material with an enormous 21 pages devoted to their 50 issue ‘Secret Origins’ title by John Wells and, more importantly, at the end which characters and teams never made it in time before the title was cancelled. A real memory stirrer. It’s also a strong […]

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