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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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NASA Skylab: 1969 To 1979 (All Modules) by David Baker (book review).

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA Skylab: 1969 To 1979 (All Modules) by David Baker (book review).

In many ways, looking back, the NASA Skylab was a makeshift idea on a budget. Take a section of the Apollo rocket and turn it into an orbiting workshop. Originally, this was to be a spent rocket in orbit and hence the term, ‘wet’ workshop. This was then changed to launching an unused section and […]

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Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad edited by George RR Martin (book review).

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad edited by George RR Martin (book review).

After the events of the third ‘Wild Cards’ book, ‘Jokers Wild’, a delegation of Aces and Jokers, led by Senator Gregg Hartmann and Dr. Tachyon are on a United Nations goodwill tour of the world in the fourth book, ‘Aces Abroad’. An undercurrent of this is to purposely quieten New York for a few months […]

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Black Screen In The Windows 10 World – Second Time Around

February 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Black Screen In The Windows 10 World – Second Time Around

  For those of you who remember my piece about the black screen after the last major W10 update (it warns you what it is going to do so you can choose when to update), what I described then didn’t work this time. After signing in, you get a black screen and only a Personal […]

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Doctor Who: Earthshock by Eric Saward (TV story review).

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Earthshock by Eric Saward (TV story review).

It is the year 2526 on Earth and a military team is in underground caves looking for a missing archaeological team and slowly finding their own team is slowly facing the same fate. Meanwhile, on the TARDIS, Adric (actor Matthew Waterhouse) has told the Doctor (actor Peter Davison) he wants to return home. Thing is, […]

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What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite by David DiSalvo (book review).

February 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite by David DiSalvo (book review).

‘What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should De The Opposite’ by David DiSalvo has been reviewed before back in 2011 but it has now been updated and revised for 2018. As DiSalvo points out, a lot of research in brain cognitiveness has been carried out in the past 7 years, showing this kind […]

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Draw #34 winter 2018 (magazine review).

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Draw #34 winter 2018 (magazine review).

The opening of Draw # 34 has a massive 32 page interview with artist Greg Hildebrandt where he explains how he and his twin brother, Tim, did various creative pursuits before falling into illustration. Doing the poster for 1976 ‘Star Wars’ film at short notice and time sort of cemented themselves into the industry. Mike […]

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Thunderbirds Are Go Volume 2 by Ben Foster & Nick Foster (CD soundtrack review).

February 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Thunderbirds Are Go Volume 2 by Ben Foster & Nick Foster (CD soundtrack review).

The second volume of the modern CGI ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ contains the music from the last 13 episodes from season one. A year later than already mentioned previously but it is now out there and you get a better price if you buy directly from Silva Screen Records than from the long river site. The […]

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Into The Fire (Varta’s Peace book 2) by Elizabeth Moon (book review).

February 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Into The Fire (Varta’s Peace book 2) by Elizabeth Moon (book review).

Oddly, I started reading ‘Into The Fire’ thinking I was up to date. ‘Cold Welcome’ is the first book of the new series of books, ‘Varta’s Peace’, about Kylara Varta although this book looks like it can be read alone. She’s now at home on Slotter Key, discovering three of her own company have escaped […]

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Editorial – Feb 2018: Look into the abyss and your motivations look back at you.

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Editorial – Feb 2018:  Look into the abyss and your motivations look back at you.

Hello everyone Motivation is a key part of any writer’s toolbox. It gives impetuous to the plot even at its most basic level of good versus evil. The characters might be doing one thing and be thrown into doing something different because of what is going on in the story. It is their drive that […]

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Travel Class : a story by: GF Willmetts

February 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Travel Class : a story by: GF Willmetts

It’s a dream of everyone to fly in space. No matter the price. But who can afford first or business class? Yeah, you get your own custom spacesuit but you only really need that for EVA. The passenger unit is pressurised so why pay for the extra you aren’t likely to use? You also get […]

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