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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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Deadlier Than The Male: Femme Fatales Of 1960s And 1970s Cinema by Douglas Brode (book review)

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Deadlier Than The Male: Femme Fatales Of 1960s And 1970s Cinema by Douglas Brode   (book review)

Having covered a special edition of ‘Retro Cinema’ on femme fatales last year, it seemed appropriate to have a look at Douglas Brode’s book, ‘Deadlier Than The Male: Femme Fatales Of 1960s And 1970s Cinema’ where he looks at 108 actresses who played femme fatales in their acting careers. As Brode points out in his […]

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Electric Dreams: The Art Of Barclay Shaw (book review)

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Electric Dreams: The Art Of Barclay Shaw   (book review)

Coming across Barclay Shaw in ‘Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary’ by Jane Frank, I looked up and saw the cover for his only book and decided to have a deeper look at ‘Electric Dreams: The Art Of Barclay Shaw’. Artist Barclay Shaw’s big break came at the 1980 […]

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Version Control by Dexter Palmer (book review)

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Version Control by Dexter Palmer  (book review)

Dexter Palmer’s novel ‘Version Control’ is densely written. You get a lot of detail and in the opening chapters even product placement that would make a film studio blush. It isn’t until a quarter of the way through the book that you get some discussion on time travel which is accurate to what we know. […]

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Dream Makers by Chris Evans (book review)

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dream Makers by Chris Evans  (book review)

I’d quite forgotten that back in the 1980s before Paper Tiger switched to glossy paper, they used a quality texture paper. Considering three of the six artists Chris Evans interviewed in this book use pen and ink a lot, this has made for an interesting texture experience. A book of this nature is also a […]

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The Woman In The Story (2nd edition) by Helen Jacey (book review).

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Woman In The Story (2nd edition) by Helen Jacey (book review).

I never saw the first edition of ‘The Woman In The Story’, although I would suspect, if anything, it’s the examples used in the story that had the overhaul as some of them weren’t around in 2010 with its first edition. The sub-title is ‘Writing Memorable Female Characters In Trouble, In Love And In Power’ […]

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Welcome To My Worlds: The Art Of Rob Alexander (book review)

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Welcome To My Worlds: The Art Of Rob Alexander  (book review)

Amongst the artists I came across while reading ‘Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary’ by Jane Frank was Rob Alexander. Defunct publisher Paper Tiger was a steady source of artbooks and one that I missed, especially as their books had page to page paintings with little wasted space. Rob […]

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Legion Of Super-Heroes: The More Things Change by Paul Levitz, Steve Lightle, Ernie Colôn and Keith Giffin (graphic novel review)

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Legion Of Super-Heroes: The More Things Change by Paul Levitz, Steve Lightle, Ernie Colôn and Keith Giffin   (graphic novel review)

Having looked at all the other softcover reprints of the Legion Of Super-Heroes in the last month, the only one I missed was this one, ‘Legion Of Super-Heroes: The More Things Change’ which was in 1985, when DC Comics decided for some titles to print both newsprint and Baxter paper quality to sell in the […]

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Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss (book review)

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss   (book review)

Author James Goss announces in the introduction that this version of the Doctor Who story, ‘The Pirate Planet’ is based on Douglas Adams’ early drafts not what you saw on the screen. Starting to reading, the plot is pretty much the same, it’s the embellishments that are more rooted in period and you would have […]

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Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary by Jane Frank (book review)

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary by Jane Frank   (book review)

Oddly, there are very few really expensive first-hand books about Science Fiction. I’ve resisted ‘Keep Watching The Skies’, even if both volumes are on McFarland/Eurospan’s list although the length of time reading is a consideration in case my helpful Eurospan publicist is thinking why I haven’t asked about them yet. The same also applies to […]

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Warehouse 13 DVD boxset (DVD TV series review)

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Warehouse 13 DVD boxset    (DVD TV series review)

I have to confess that after ‘The X-Files’ ended, seeing the plethora of new series with FBI agents investigating weird events, I was a more than a little apprehensive about trying any of its successors. What swayed me with ‘Warehouse 13’ was largely the price so I could at least afford to watch and although […]

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