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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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Time Out: a short story, by at least a year either way, by: GF Willmetts.

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Time Out: a short story, by at least a year either way, by: GF Willmetts.

Ever since and probably before, Man has had problems with working out the time on this little planet we call Earth. Every nation had their own attempts at it from time to time. We can’t avoid talking about time in all aspects of what we do, hence its importance in getting it right. Things came […]

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NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens Owner’s Workshop Manual: 1997-2017 by Ralph Lorenz (book review).

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens Owner’s Workshop Manual: 1997-2017 by Ralph Lorenz (book review).

Something that becomes apparent from reading this book, ‘NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens Owner’s Workshop Manual: 1997-2017’ by Ralph Lorenz, is how far our computer technology has advanced since the spacecraft/probe was sent to Saturn. I suspect it’s going to haunt ever more space missions the further we send them. The name ‘Cassini-Hyygens’ is derived from two 17th […]

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Phantasm blu-ray boxset : Phantasm II (1988) (part 2 of 5) (horror/sf Blu-ray film review)

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Phantasm blu-ray boxset : Phantasm II (1988)  (part 2 of 5)  (horror/sf Blu-ray film review)

Just so you keep the numbers straight in your head, this is number two not eleven. There were only ever four ‘Phantasm’ films. The follow-up, again written and directed by Don Coscarelli with pretty much the same cast bar one who got older as the first film was filmed 9 years later. It’s a little […]

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Doctor Who, season 10, episode 3: Thin Ice by Sarah Dolland.

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who, season 10, episode 3: Thin Ice by Sarah Dolland.

From here in there are spoilers! I’ve been very down on the first two episodes of this season but ‘Thin Ice’ is a marked step up in keeping my attention. The TARDIS has brought the Doctor (actor Peter Capaldi) and Bill Potts (actress Pearl Mackie) to 18th century London where a Frost Fair is being […]

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Making The Magic Happen by Peter D. Marshall (book review).

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Making The Magic Happen by Peter D. Marshall (book review).

‘Making The Magic Happen’ has nothing to do with conjuring but as the sub-title of Peter D. Marshall’s book proclaims, ‘The Art And Craft Of Film Direction’. In many ways, this book feels like a supplement to the previous book, ‘Producer To Producer’, this month as Marshall explores the film making organisation process as a […]

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Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd: The Art Of John Higgins (book review).

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd: The Art Of John Higgins (book review).

If you thought John Higgins was only a colourist, famed only for the ‘Watchmen’, then this book, ‘Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd: The Art Of John Higgins’ should remedy that. In the UK, there is less specialisation as there is in America for comicbook art and it’s only when careers get established that some speciality […]

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SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 27 April 2017-06 May 2017

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017   27 April 2017-06 May 2017

UK: London, Thursday 6th April 2017 – Today the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 launches its astronomical 17th annual programme which will run from the 27th April until the 6th May 2017 across London with ten days of amazing film, live music, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 6 world film […]

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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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