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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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Looper music by Nathan Johnson (CD review).

October 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Looper music by Nathan Johnson (CD review).

Listening to film soundtracks before even seeing the film is par for the course in the gentle art of reviewing. In some respects, it makes my job easier as I don’t have to associate the music with the film and treat it on its own merits. Whether that’s a geeky thing depends on your own […]

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She Spies: the complete first season (DVD review).

October 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
She Spies: the complete first season (DVD review).

‘She Spies’ is a series that I can’t recall ever being show in the UK and I was curious enough to check it out and it was relatively cheap. What isn’t revealed, even on the back of the box that this is actually a spoof which often breaks the fifth wall and talks to the […]

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The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25, edited by Gardner Dozois (book review).

October 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25, edited by Gardner Dozois (book review).

The latest ‘The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 25’ is now on the shelves, reprinting the US version, ‘The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29’, so don’t confuse the differing numbers, ours just started later and I guess balancing the numbers would have people seeking four non-existent books in the UK. The summation at the […]

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Strontium Dog: The Life And Death Of Johnny Alpha by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra (graphic novel review).

October 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Strontium Dog: The Life And Death Of Johnny Alpha by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra (graphic novel review).

Johnny Alpha is dead. Only there is some mystery about it as journalist Precious Matson gets Middenface McNulty to help find out the truth. I was a bit puzzled as to what made Precious a mutie until several pages in there was a hint of a multiple cleavage. How much to say without giving anything […]

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The Boolean Gate by Walter Jon Williams (book review).

October 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Boolean Gate by Walter Jon Williams (book review).

The one problem with Subterranean Press books is that even when we review them to fit in their release schedule, their short run books are often sold out before release. If you’re interested in limited editions, having their website stashed away on your Favourites list should at least allow you some chance at getting your […]

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Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology edited by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel (book review).

October 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology edited by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel (book review).

Look at the title ‘Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology’ and puzzle over what it means. To me, a singularity is a black hole. Here, editors James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel define it from Vernor Vinge’s essay ‘The Coming Technology Singularity: How To Survive In The Post-Human Era’, another equally baffling title which they explain […]

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Modesty Blaise: Lady In The Dark by Peter O’Donnell and Enric Badia Romero (comic-book review).

October 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Modesty Blaise: Lady In The Dark by Peter O’Donnell and Enric Badia Romero (comic-book review).

It’s autumn and time for another volume of ‘Modesty Blaise’ to make you feel happier about the darker nights although reading in daylight is equally good. The first story, ‘The Girl From The Future’, gets into Science Fiction territory. Modesty admits to reading a little and Willie Garvin a lot. However, it takes a lot […]

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Fate Of Worlds (Fleet Of Worlds book 5) by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (book review)

October 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Fate Of Worlds (Fleet Of Worlds book 5) by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (book review)

For a fifth and final book in the ‘Fleet Of Worlds’ series, ‘Fate Of Worlds’ is practically an introduction to any new reader to the ‘Known Space’ reality with the opening third of the book introducing characters and their situation. From different points in space, there is the discovery that the million mile across six […]

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Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart edited by Steve White (art-book review).

October 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart edited by Steve White (art-book review).

It seems it isn’t just ordinary people who have a fascination with moving dinosaurs and illustrations of such. As Paleobiologist Dr. Philip J. Currie points out in the first introduction to the book ‘Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart’, artists brings flesh and bone to fossils. In other words, it brings them to life in […]

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Doctor Who: 2012 Season One episode 5. The Angels Take Manhattan.

September 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: 2012 Season One episode 5. The Angels Take Manhattan.

Continuing from last week, if you’re living in a country that hasn’t seen these episodes yet, read with caution but I’m not going to give too much away. If you can watch it first, that’s even better. I’m still puzzling how the Weeping Angels move. OK, if you catch their eye and then blink, then […]

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