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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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Writers Jamie Sawyer and Neal Asher discuss their latest books.

May 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writers Jamie Sawyer and Neal Asher discuss their latest books.

Jamie Sawyer, author of the recently released sci-fi action debut ‘The Lazarus War: Artefact’ gets some writing tips and finds out what’s next from Science Fiction veteran Neal Asher, whose latest book ‘War Factory’ releases this May. Jamie Sawyer: Would you describe your writing as space opera, cyberpunk, or something else? Do you think that […]

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Costume Design 101 (second edition) by Richard La Motte (book review).

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Costume Design 101 (second edition) by Richard La Motte (book review).

Fancy yourself as a fashion designer wanting to get into film? Then Richard La Motte’s book ‘Costume Design 101’ is the one to get. As he points out in the introduction, he checked the bookshops and realised that there was nothing out there actually showing what was involved from the top down and how to […]

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How’s Your Computer Today? by GF Willmetts

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How’s Your Computer Today?  by GF Willmetts

An odd thing happened the morning after my W10 update of 23 May 2016 (I’m citing the date for longevity of this piece) in that it seemed to be locked in a logic loop with the circle icon whirling around endlessly and no noise from the CPU indicating it was doing further installation. I should […]

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The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

May 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

Einstein is often reported that God does not play dice, yet looking at Adam Kucharski’s book, ‘The Perfect Bet’, you do have to wondered if such a deity exists does he or she or it load the dice. There’s a certain fascination with gambling odds because so many people are looking for their edge so […]

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Thrill Seekers (1999) (DVD film review).

May 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Thrill Seekers (1999) (DVD film review).

Let’s say I was curious. ‘Thrill Seekers’ is a cheap time travel story in terms of you not seeing much time travel where reading up on it sounded like it borrowed from ‘12 Monkeys’ turns out there are more liberal doses from the films ‘Timescape’/’Somewhere In Time’ and ‘Millennium’. For something that has an apparent TV […]

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The Human Side Of Science by Arthur W. Wiggins and Charles M. Wynn (book review).

May 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Human Side Of Science by Arthur W. Wiggins and Charles M. Wynn (book review).

In many respects, ‘The Human Side Of Science’ mixes science into looking at the professional careers of people who came up with a discovery and how they got on with their contemporaries working in the same field. Understanding their foibles is useful, especially if you’re creating scientists for stories and want to know what makes […]

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Moon Owners’ Workshop Manual by David M. Harland (book review).

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Moon Owners’ Workshop Manual by David M. Harland (book review).

The Moon. So much of which that we take for granted today only really started after the Dark Ages. Blame Aristotle. There were theories before him that the Earth orbited the Sun but his teachings was not to study the evidence but stick to a theory and it kind of stuck so much that the […]

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Illustrators # 2 (magazine review).

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 2 (magazine review).

With Illustrators # 2, we look at the late artist David Wright whose claim to fame during his career was to paint beautiful women and fast cars for various top end magazines from the 1930s-60s for both sides of the pond. However, even these does not make for a steady income. Influenced by Alex Raymond’s […]

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You Can Act On Camera by D.W. Brown (book review).

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
You Can Act On Camera by D.W. Brown (book review).

In many respects, D.W. Brown’s book, ‘You Can Act On Camera’, could be seen as an insight into how actors psyche themselves up for their roles, irrespective of the acting technique they employ. It is also useful for directors to ensure the environment is right for the emotion that needs to be used and a […]

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Humanoids From The Deep (1996) (DVD review).

May 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Humanoids From The Deep (1996) (DVD review).

In many respects, ‘Humanoids From The Deep’ is a cross between ‘Jaws’ and ‘Aliens’, keeping the sea but placed on modern day Earth. Well, that of 1996 that is. Humans genetically blended with salmon DNA are genetic monsters who escape the military and are mutated further by some biohazard material. They also have a taste […]

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