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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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Buffy: The Making Of A Slayer: The Official Guide by Nancy Holder (book review).

November 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
Buffy: The Making Of A Slayer: The Official Guide by Nancy Holder (book review).

The TV series ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ has its own large hardback guide to everything you wanted to know about our favourite Slayer and her friends as they protect the world from various demon threats. Here, you see what goes on in front and behind the camera and get a bit about their history. It’s […]

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Retrofitting Blade Runner (2nd Edition) edited by Judith B. Kerman (book review).

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Retrofitting Blade Runner (2nd Edition) edited by Judith B. Kerman (book review).

‘Retrofitting Blade Runner’ is unusual in that unlike other books about the 1982 film, it clearly also focuses on Philip Dick’s original novel, ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?’ As most of us here should be familiar with both of them, I can gloss over some of the details. Dick essentially was often exploring the […]

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A Feast Unknown (A Wold Newton novel) by Philip José Farmer (book review).

November 1, 2012 | By | Reply More
A Feast Unknown (A Wold Newton novel) by Philip José Farmer	(book review).

As I’ve pointed out with other of Philip José Farmer’s ‘Wold Newton’ books, many of the characters, especially those who have an active copyright were thinly disguised under different names. Here we have a jungle man, John or Jack Cloamby aka Lord Grandrith, who is all but Tarzan and Doctor Caliban with the remaining two […]

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Live Before You Leap (story)

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Live Before You Leap (story)

a story by: GF Willmetts ‘You don’t want to jump,’ I told the startled man who thought I was sneaking up on him. I wasn’t so much sneaking, just extra quiet when I got up there. Up here on the bridge with only the wind to keep us company, there was very little people noise […]

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The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

October 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

Erich Goode’s book, ‘The Paranormal’, has the sub-title ‘Who Believes Why They Believe And Why It Matters’. The comma is missing on the cover but has two in the indice inside to make up for it. The title should give a clue as to the book’s subject matter. Sensibly, Goode explains the scientific rationales of […]

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The Barry Newbery Signature Collection (book review).

October 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Barry Newbery Signature Collection (book review).

Despite the unusual size, this is a somewhat unique book and a sure winner for any ‘Doctor Who’ fan. Barry Newbery was the first set designer on the series and worked on fourteen stories which spanned Hartnell (8), Troughton (1), Pertwee (1), Tom Baker (3) and Davison (1). Oddly, the sections aren’t in ‘Who’ order […]

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Star Wars Art: Illustration by 41 artists (book review).

October 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Art: Illustration by 41 artists (book review).

This ‘Star Wars’ book is exactly what it says on the box: Illustrations, although the title has that in the singular. Apart from a forward by Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, explaining how back in the late 80s, he had to resurrect the franchise and an introduction by Steven Heller, co-chair of MFA Design, […]

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Blade Runner: Music From The Motion Picture composed by Vangelis and produced/perfomed by Edgar Rothermich (CD review).

October 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
Blade Runner: Music From The Motion Picture composed by Vangelis and produced/perfomed by Edgar Rothermich (CD review).

Blimey! Is it really thirty years since ‘Blade Runner’ hit the theatre screens? Another seven years and we’ll be wondering where the off-world colonies are that required replicants to do hazardous work are because we’d have reached 2019. There are several things to point out about this album. Firstly, Vangelis is only the composer and […]

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If You Like The Terminator… by Scott Von Doviak (book review).

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If You Like The Terminator… by Scott Von Doviak (book review).

‘If You Like The Terminator…’ is part of a series of books that primarily points out material you might like if you like the key product. Do you need a clue as to which 1984 film that is? This is the only one hooking into our genre in the series so far. In some respects, […]

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International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

October 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages) by David Baker (book review).

You might have thought until now that I was only going to be reviewing Haynes fantasy output, but knowing what some of the books were coming up, I didn’t hesitate in adding the rather long titled ‘International Space Station: 1998-2011 (All Stages)’ to the list. As you can see from the cover, there’s a sub-title […]

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