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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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Batman (TV Milestones Series) by Matt Yockey (book review)

December 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Batman (TV Milestones Series) by Matt Yockey    (book review)

Giving a book the name ‘Batman’ could mean anything to do with a certain dark knight. However, the series title ‘TV Milestones’ directs you to the TV and specifically to 1966-68 and not once calling Batman ‘the caped crusader’ or the pair of them ‘the dynamic duo’. Mind you, he did mis-spell ‘effect’ as ‘affect’ […]

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Neuroscience In Science Fiction Films by Sharon Packer, M.D. (book review).

December 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Neuroscience In Science Fiction Films by Sharon Packer, M.D. (book review).

I have to confess that I wasn’t quite sure what ‘Neuroscience In Science Fiction Films’ was going to cover. I mean, is it the use of neuroscience or some aspects used within the film. In the introduction, author Sharon Packer defines it as neuropunk, with an accent on physical aspects and playing with the brain […]

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The Paradox Of Evolution by Stephen Rothman (book review).

December 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Paradox Of Evolution by Stephen Rothman (book review).

Stephen Rothman’s book ‘The Paradox Of Evolution’ is explained a little better by it’s sub-title ‘The Strange Relationship Between Natural Selection And Reproduction’. We all have an understanding of Darwin’s ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ but, as Rothman points out, we don’t really understand how it works or the choices given when reproduction is added to […]

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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (The Old Kingdom series book 4) by Garth Nix (book review).

December 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (The Old Kingdom series book 4) by Garth Nix (book review).

‘Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen’ is the fourth book in ‘The Old Kingdom’ series by Garth Nix and I have waited for its release for a long time. It is a standalone prequel to the original trilogy and focuses on Clariel, who is a character mentioned in the previous books as a necromancer from the Abhorsen […]

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Thunderbirds: The Comic Collection Volume 2 written by Alan Fennell and art by Frank Bellamy (graphic novel review).

December 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Thunderbirds: The Comic Collection Volume 2 written by Alan Fennell and art by Frank Bellamy (graphic novel review).

‘Thunderbirds: The Comic Collection Volume 2’ contains the first twelve stories as written by Alan Fennell and illustrated by Frank Bellamy for TV21 comic back in the 1966-67. Although Egmont have reprinted some of these stories before, they have not done then all or in sequence. Considering the subject matters of politics, espionage and even […]

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The Fantastic Made Visible edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Ace G. Pilkington (book review).

December 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Fantastic Made Visible edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Ace G. Pilkington (book review).

‘The Fantastic Made Visible’ has nothing to do with invisible films. The sub-title, ‘Essays On The Adaptation Of Science Fiction And Fantasy From Page To Screen’, is more explicit. As co-editor Ace G. Pilkington explains in the introduction, this book is all about looking at how key original stories were adapted into films with the […]

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Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

As author David K. Love points out, Johannes Kepler was a man who made as many mistakes as he got right. He was also amongst the leading people in the 16th-17th centuries proving that the Earth was one of the planets that orbited the Sun which was seen as an outrageous at the time and […]

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More Windows 10 – The Back-Up: even more by: GF Willmetts

December 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
More Windows 10 – The Back-Up: even more by: GF Willmetts

If I add an appendix to the article of last week, chances are you won’t be doing a re-read just yet, hence a quick new piece. In the second or third month of using W10, there was an automated request to make a back-up finally came up, giving the choice of where to save it, […]

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Doctor Who: Season 9: Episode 12: Hell Bent by Steven Moffat

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Doctor Who: Season 9: Episode 12: Hell Bent by Steven Moffat

As usual with these examination of ‘Doctor Who’ stories shortly after transmission, if you haven’t seen them, I’ll try not to give away too many unintentional spoilers, although I will give a quick resume of the plot. Much of the analysis will be about it so feel suitably warned. It’s going to be really tough […]

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Windows 10 – First Major Update: what happened next by: GF Willmetts.

December 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Windows 10 – First Major Update: what happened next by: GF Willmetts.

Windows 10 has had a few relatively few minor updates in recent months. You can usually tell by the length of time turning off your computer and booting up, often with no indication of what has been going on other than a dial rotating. Someone else must have realised a blank screen isn’t helpful. The […]

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