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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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On The Origin Of Superheroes by Chris Gavaler (book review)

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
On The Origin Of Superheroes by Chris Gavaler  (book review)

Chris Gavaler says in his introduction to his book, ‘On The Origin Of Superheroes’, that the term ‘superman’ started long before 1938 and the Man Of Steel. I agree with him that it can be difficult to where do you define what a superman actually is or when it started being defined as such in […]

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IDW & Top Shelf’s Comic Con International 2017 Schedule

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
IDW & Top Shelf’s Comic Con International 2017 Schedule

San Diego, CA (July 12, 2017) – The countdown to San Diego Comic Con International 2017 is on, and IDW and Top Shelf have revealed their massive slate of signings and panels for the week! Featuring influential and fan-favorite creators, alongside the cast and creative teams from some of the most buzzed about television shows, […]

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Alter Ego # 147 July 2017 (magazine review)

July 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego # 147 July 2017   (magazine review)

An unusual twist from the usual ‘Alter Ego’ format as we have a graphic examination of Otto Binder’s material for Quality, Timely and DC Comics. As Binder kept reasonably accurate records all shown here but this puts things into perspective and you see samples of his work and the artists he worked with over his […]

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Wonder Woman by Noah Berlatsky (book review)

July 7, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Wonder Woman by Noah Berlatsky   (book review)

The sub-title of Noah Berlatsky’s ‘Wonder Woman’ book is ‘Bondage And Feminism In The Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948’. Psychologist William Marston created Wonder Woman feeling that there was a need for a female counter-part to Superman but not necessarily a duplicate. As she and her female team were often tied up, Berlatsky contends that this was […]

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Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy by Tim Harford (book review)

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy by Tim Harford   (book review)

Don’t think the title ‘Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy’ is going to be about the money side of our reality. Tim Harford’s book focuses on significant inventions and regimes that have formed our civilisation over the centuries. From the start, he examines the switch from the scratch plough that merely dug a grove […]

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Editorial – July 2017: Should politics be the next SF frontier or has it beaten us there already?

July 2, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Editorial – July 2017: Should politics be the next SF frontier or has it beaten us there already?

Hello everyone Like with all my material, I have files for story, article and editorial ideas. These might be a brief idea or several paragraphs, left to percolate for a time for when it might be suitable to be used. Age can put an often different perspective on things. If I haven’t got anything topical […]

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Super-Speed: Faster Than A Speeding… a rushed article by: GF Willmetts

July 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Super-Speed: Faster Than A Speeding…  a rushed article by: GF Willmetts

There are a lot of problems with super-speed. Fortunately, the few super-human characters who can genuinely fly under their own power (sic) choose not to run fast on the ground. If anything, it’s harder to stay on the ground. Therein lies the problems outlined below. Indeed, it is these problems that resulted in the original […]

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X MARKS THE SPOT

July 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
X MARKS THE SPOT

HARDBACK TO SMALL ENLARGED PAPERBACK The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden (pub: Del Rey/Random House. 319 page small enlarged paperback. Price: $16.00 (US), $22.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-101-88595-6) check out websites: www.delreybooks.com and www.randomhousebooks.com released: 27 June 2017  

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Doctor Who season 10 episode 12: The Doctor Falls by Steven Moffat

July 1, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Doctor Who season 10 episode 12: The Doctor Falls by Steven Moffat

Be prepared to be upgraded from here in there are spoilers! Was it me or did the opening of this episode feel like ‘The Family Of Blood’? I had this kind of déjà vu feeling with the previous episode, too. Granted there are a limited number of ways to stop an attack, but duplicating seems […]

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Phantasm blu-ray boxset: Phantasm (part 6 of 6) (film supplement review)

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Phantasm blu-ray boxset: Phantasm (part 6 of 6)    (film supplement review)

The sixth disk of the ‘Phantasm’ boxset is loaded with extras. It doesn’t feel so much like sacrilege watching some of this before the lights go down but I still ended up spreading it out a bit over the month to take it all in. The first is 90 minutes, ‘Phantasmagoria’, is the cast discussing […]

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