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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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Doctor Who: The Whoniverse by George Mann and Justin Richards (book review).

October 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Whoniverse by George Mann and Justin Richards (book review).

There will be a couple things that will strike you when first opening ‘Doctor Who: The Whoniverse’ by George Mann and Justin Richards. First, there are no photographs. All illustrations are paintings by Alex Fort, Richard Hardy, Chris J. Lees and Shaun Williams. When you consider this takes up a large percentage of the book, […]

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Alice In Wonderland (1933) (DVD film review).

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alice In Wonderland (1933) (DVD film review).

I came across this 1933 version of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ while reviewing a book recently and then discovered it was available cheap on the Net. Amongst its large cast members were Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and W.C. Fields, although you’ll be hard pushed to recognise them, which raised an eyebrow. Forget the illustration on the […]

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Burnt Offerings (1976) (dvd/Blu-ray film review).

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Burnt Offerings (1976) (dvd/Blu-ray film review).

Before the Rolf family, Ben (actor Oliver Reed) and Marion (actress Karen Black) and son Davey (actor Lee Montgomery), can rent an isolated large house for the summer, they are inspected by Roz Allardyce (Eileen Heckart) and her brother, Arnold (Burgess Meredith). There is one stipulation that their mother is staying behind but they are […]

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The Tourist by Robert Dickinson (book review).

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Tourist by Robert Dickinson (book review).

With Robert Dickinson’s novel, ‘The Tourist’, you are thrown in at the deep end and have to work out what is going on from the start. There is Spens, a female prisoner in isolation whose crime you aren’t really informed of but she’s been there a long time. A few chapters in, you discover that […]

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The MLJ Companion by Rik Offenberger, Paul Castiglia & Jon B. Cooke (book review).

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
The MLJ Companion by Rik Offenberger, Paul Castiglia & Jon B. Cooke (book review).

Back in the 60s, very little of the Archie Comics range reached British shores beyond their comedy material and I didn’t even think the MLJ titles, which housed their super-heroes got more than a few issues circulated where I lived, even in black and white reprint. I did temporarily think The Mighty Crusaders looked awfully […]

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Green Screen Made Easy by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamaxaki Terpstra (book review).

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Green Screen Made Easy by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamaxaki Terpstra (book review).

This is an updated edition of ‘Green Screen Made Easy’ by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamaxaki Terpstra. As they say in the introduction, a lot of things have changed since the first edition in 2009. This book is designed for the American professional and amateur film-maker alike, pointing you in the right direction for either […]

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How To Draw Steampunk by Bob Berry, Joey Marsocci & Allison Deblasio (book review).

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
How To Draw Steampunk by Bob Berry, Joey Marsocci & Allison Deblasio (book review).

If you’re of a particular age, you will remember those massive but thin A3-sized Walter Foster published artbooks. Like me, you probably still own them as they are a handy read through and at a size that is probably at a similar scale to what you might draw or paint. The current batch of Walter […]

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The Burning Steelbook (1980) (film Blu-ray review).

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Burning Steelbook (1980) (film Blu-ray review).

[I should point out that the film title is ‘The Burning’ (1980), the ‘Steelbook’ is what its contained in although as an advance copy, I didn’t see that or any booklet it might have. From the extended opening credits which don’t contain the cast names, an obvious selling point is Tom Savini’s special effects and […]

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It Came From The 80s!: Interviews With 214 Cult Filmmakers by Francesco Borseti (book review).

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
It Came From The 80s!: Interviews With 214 Cult Filmmakers by Francesco Borseti (book review).

Author Francesco Borseti says from the start that you ought to watch or have seen each of the 33 films covered before reading his book, ‘It Came From The 80s!: Interviews With 214 Cult Filmmakers’. I’ve only seen one of them, ‘Parasite’, a 3D flick from the mid-80s, which hardly staggered me as I saw […]

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The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond The Line by Alfred S. Posanebtuer & Robert Geretschläger (book review).

October 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond The Line by Alfred S. Posanebtuer & Robert Geretschläger (book review).

Picking out books to review months in advance can lead to some interesting choices. Take Alfred S. Posanebtuer & Robert Geretschläger’s book, ‘The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond The Line’, for instance. I was expecting something along the lines (sic) of the circle’s importance in trigonometry. It does but it is also a primer in […]

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