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.
Looking back from our present day, it should come as no surprise that Jules Verne’s stories were seen as a good choice when film-making first started at the turn of the last century, although plays of some of them were already in theatres. Oddly, it wasn’t any of his SF books but his novels, ‘Michael […]
Doctor Who: Myths And Legends Three stories under one boxset. Before you ask, these past few months, I watched them within the order of the other ‘Doctor Who’ stories I was watching so in relative context than jumping from Doctor to Doctor. Data is given for the individual stories. Doctor Who: The Time Monster by […]
Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King Of The B Movie by Chris Nashawaty (book review).
One test that Chris Nashawaty’s book ‘Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen And Candy Stripe Nurrses: Roger Corman: King Of The B Movie’ passes straight away is the flick test because this book is brimming with posters and stills from Roger Corman’s films. Some take over the pages completely. You could buy this book for that alone […]
With the death of Sylvia Anderson, we have yet another piece of our childhoods, at least for those of us of a particular age, gone. Gerry Anderson might have come up with the idea for their many series but it was Sylvia Anderson who created and gave the characters their hearts and dimensionality, not to […]
The one major thing that really tends to nag me about military SF is that it tends to use Jim Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ colonial marines as its template. Jamie Sawyer is no exception with his opening novel, ‘The Lazarus War Book 1: Artefact’ where certain dialogue or words suddenly appears. To compound this, he also borrows […]
I’ll lay better than even odds that very few of you reading here truly understand the statistics involved when it comes to gambling. Robert Matthews book, ‘Chancing It: The Laws Of Chance And How They Can Work For You’ will at least explain why although I doubt if that will change the number of you […]
Having reviewed The Book Palace’s ‘Illustrators’ magazine in recent months and I hope some of you who had a look at their website enough to know that they also have a market in original comicbook and newspaper strip art. As such, it would hardly be a surprise if there wasn’t a quantity of ‘Modesty Blaise’ […]
The ‘Modesty Blaise’ newspaper strips are down to the last four books now. If you’ve been missing out on my praise for this series or just wondering if you can backtrack to the earlier volumes, I’ve been told that once complete, Titan Books do intend to republicise the lot from the beginning. If, on the […]
Hello everyone Something that came out of my reading of ‘The Director’s Six Senses’ by Simone Bartesaghi this month is a reminder of the importance of emotional content in the use of story in any medium. His example from ‘Alien’ where Brett has his fatal encounter with you know what, also brings back something I […]
‘Play the game, Mr….er…Jones. Lay flat on the centrifuge and let the force over-whelm you.’ Chris Lancier looked up. He was sitting cross-legged on the centrifuge as it spun at close to 10G. Reaching out, he could see into the space controller’s eyes and waved. Yuri Gorlov had been the biggest problem since he’d arrived […]