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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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Writings In Bronze by Will Murray (book review).

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writings In Bronze by Will Murray (book review).

Will Murray is an expert on Doc Savage. I mean a real expert, having written many articles on the subject and his book, ‘Writings In Bronze’, features 50 of them, 5 new to this volume. The opening article is also the biggest, exploring the man behind the publishing company pen-name Kenneth Robeson, Lester Dent. It […]

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3 Classic Horrors Of The Silver Screen Vol. 7 (DVD films review).

August 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
3 Classic Horrors Of The Silver Screen Vol. 7 (DVD films review).

If you want to watch rare old films then this series of ‘Classic Horrors Of The Silver Screen’ is worth investigating. I picked up the seventh volume mainly because I read about a couple of these films earlier in the year. Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959) 62 minute b&w film This edition of the […]

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Comic Book Creator #15 Summer 2017 (magazine review).

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Comic Book Creator #15 Summer 2017 (magazine review).

I think the biggest shock in reading the latest edition of ‘Comic Book Creator was in Jon Cooke’s editorial that Bernie Wrightson died in March and Rich Buckler in May. Both solid comicbook artists in different ways and likely to be both missed by us older fans. Cooke has promised more in later issues. For […]

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Reel Vulnerability by Sarah Hagelin (book review).

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reel Vulnerability by Sarah Hagelin (book review).

Now here’s an odd scenario. In her book, ‘Reel Vulnerability’, Sarah Hagelin’s opening examples are going to be pretty difficult to locate at a cheap price. I looked up the Barbara Stanwyck 1950 film ‘The Furies’ which is still a little pricy either side of the pond after a 2008 DVD release, let alone Marlon […]

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The Doomed City (SF Masterworks) by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (book review).

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Doomed City (SF Masterworks) by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (book review).

A large city with farms on at least one of its borders and swamps on another is just about self-sustaining itself. It appears to have existed before populated by people from various nationalities and religions and, from the looks of things, from different time periods. New people, like Selma, suddenly arrive. Elusive Mentors supervise and […]

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Doctor Who: Paper Dolls by Ben Morris, Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee (book review).

August 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Paper Dolls by Ben Morris, Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee (book review).

In many respects, ‘Doctor Who: Paper Dolls’ is trying to hit several targets. With the introduction, Christel Dee suggests using the information from the pictures in this book as guidance in cosplay and how to make charity shops your favourite places to visit to find the kinds of clothes you can modify cheaply. As the […]

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Reed Crandall: Illustrator Of The Comics by Roger Hill (book review).

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reed Crandall: Illustrator Of The Comics by Roger Hill (book review).

I have to confess to not really knowing much about comicbook artist Reed Crandall. He came to prominence in the 1940s-50s and a little before my time and I wasn’t really picking up that many Warren magazines in his last phase in the 1960s. None of which is helped by not having a by-name associated […]

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Superman: The Persistence Of An American Icon by Ian Gordon (book review)

August 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Superman: The Persistence Of An American Icon by Ian Gordon  (book review)

As Ian Gordon’s book title, ‘Superman: The Persistence Of An American Icon’, reveals, he is interested in the longevity of the world’s most famous alien immigrant, the Man Of Steel. He points out from the start that Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were guided by editorial management. More so with Siegel as the […]

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TheColor Of Pixar by Tia Kratter (book review)

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
TheColor Of Pixar by Tia Kratter  (book review)

I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting when I spotted ‘The Color Of Pixar’ by Tia Kratter in the advance list from Abrams/Chronicle. With only a brief introduction by John Lasseter, Kratter explains her role at Pixar was in selecting the colours and textures that were used in the company’s films. Basically, this is […]

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Editorial – Aug 2017 : Why Science Fiction isn’t keeping up?

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Aug 2017  :  Why Science Fiction isn’t keeping up?

Hello everyone Although I’ve been reading more non-fiction for review than current Science Fiction, something that has struck me is how little modern technology has filtered into it. When you see American TV films acknowledging the using mobile phones to text message and showing the message on screen, you do have to wonder why instant […]

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