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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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American International Pictures: The Golden Years by Gary A. Smith (book review)

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
American International Pictures: The Golden Years by Gary A. Smith  (book review)

If you look at the title and wonder what ‘American International Pictures’ is, go by the initials AIP and this is the company that distributed Roger Corman and Alex Gordon’s films and the penny should drop. Well, Alex and his brother, Bert, only up to the 1960s when disputes over money arose. Gary A. Smith’s […]

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Phantasm (1979) blu-ray boxset (horror Blu-ray review)

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Phantasm (1979) blu-ray boxset   (horror Blu-ray review)

When I’m handed a 5 blu-ray set of discs of the ‘Phantasm’, I had to give some thought on how to review them. Doing them all collectively is likely to give a long review and risk being struck by one of the Tall Man’s silver balls in not giving enough care and attention to each […]

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Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan (book review)

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan   (book review)

From the start, in her book ‘Producer To Producer’, Maureen A. Ryan points out there is always a need for a producer on a low-budget film and this is the roots she comes from as this is where she works and gets her awards. Essentially, the producer is the instigator and organiser that ensures the […]

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Doctor Who season 10 episode 2: Smile by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (review).

April 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who season 10 episode 2: Smile by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (review).

Smile 🙂 or Frown 🙁  From here in there are spoilers! From the start, there are references to the Doctor (actor Peter Capaldi) staying on Earth to guard the vault and yet he sneaks off for the first time with Bill Potts (actress Pearl Mackie) to explore one of the first Earth colonies off-planet, knowing that […]

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Silva Records Day Out – 22 April 2017.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Silva Records Day Out – 22 April 2017.

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The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming by Gillian Conahan (book review).

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming by Gillian Conahan (book review).

Last year, I said what the cosplayers really needed was a decent book to show how to create costumes and here it is. Gillian Conahan has written ‘The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming’ book showing how to create basic costumes and get it right. She points out from the start that this is […]

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Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

From the start, DJ Jaffe points out that his book, ‘Insane Consequences’, is not about mental conditions but about how the USA tackles or rather doesn’t tackle its most extremely disturbed citizens. The sub-title, ‘How The Mental Health Industry Fails The Mentally Ill’ tells it all. It doesn’t! That is, the mental health industry fails […]

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Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual by Jeremy Brecher (book review).

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual by Jeremy Brecher (book review).

Jeremy Brecher’s book ‘Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual’ is a short but important read. If you have any interest in climate change but needed current data in your hands or even to pass the book to others to read then this easily qualifies. Some information can be inferred. Take the recent American presidential campaign […]

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Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers by Tom Weaver (book review).

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers by Tom Weaver (book review).

Just when I thought Tom Weaver wouldn’t have any other books to surprise me, I came across ‘Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers’ in Eurospan’s back catalogue. Looking at the twenty people interviewed, there are several who worked well into the 60s and 70s, far beyond Weaver’s usual cut-off […]

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IDW Makes Its First Appearance At C2E2

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
IDW Makes Its First Appearance At C2E2

IDW Makes Its First Appearance At C2E2 Join us in the windy city for special signings and exciting panels! San Diego, CA (April 17th, 2017) – This weekend from April 21st to April 23rd join IDW at McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual fan-favorite convention, C2E2! Marking the first year of exhibiting at the […]

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