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Author Archive: UncleGeoff

Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 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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Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances For Film And Television 25th Anniversary Edition by Judith Weston (book review).

April 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances For Film And Television 25th Anniversary Edition by Judith Weston (book review).

I did ask if there was going to be much different with the ‘25th Anniversary Edition’ re-release of Judith Weston’s ‘Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances For Film And Television’ book and told there was. Sixty extra pages for a start. In her intro, Weston points out that her original book is now used as the […]

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Faces Of The Future – The Lessons Of Science Fiction by Brian Ash (book review).

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Faces Of The Future – The Lessons Of Science Fiction by Brian Ash (book review).

As I recently bought a pile of books about Science Fiction from earlier decades, the original reason was to remind you people out there about SF’s history and, for those who missed it, a chance to fill in background and look at earlier material and not just rely on today’s interpretation. However, after Sam Lundwall’s […]

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Alter Ego #75 January 2006 (magazine review).

April 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego #75 January 2006 (magazine review).

Looking at the Alex Ross cover of Alter Ego # 75, you would think the entire issue is all about ‘The Shazam Curse!’ However, the first section is a look at the art of the Alter Ego 1943 Calendar as depicted by Alex Ross in 2008. Shame this was done in Alter Ego’s black and […]

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Doctor Who: Delta And The Bannermen by Malcolm Kohill (DVD review).

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Doctor Who: Delta And The Bannermen by Malcolm Kohill (DVD review).

‘Delta And The Bannermen’ is literally a roller-coaster plot with everything in three and later four different places at once before combining in a 1950s holiday camp. Garvok (actor Don Henderson) and his Bannermen have nearly committed genocide against the Chimerons, with only its queen, Delta (actress Belinda Mayne) escaping with a package. Elsewhere, the […]

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Arthur Rackham: Masterpieces Of Art by Joseph Simas (book review).

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Arthur Rackham: Masterpieces Of Art by Joseph Simas (book review).

I do wonder how many of you will recognise the name Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) as he influenced so many artists at the turn of the last century and he was prolific over several significant books. He certainly had his effect on John Tenniel and Beatrix Potter, often moving from simple to complex line and doing […]

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Suicide Squad Vol. 6: The Secret History Of Task Force X by Rob Williams, Barnaby Bagenda, Eleonora Carlini, Philippe Briones and Scot Eaton (graphic novel review).

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Suicide Squad Vol. 6: The Secret History Of Task Force X by Rob Williams, Barnaby Bagenda, Eleonora Carlini, Philippe Briones and Scot Eaton (graphic novel review).

The title of the sixth volume of Suicide Squad, ‘The Secret History Of Task Force X’ is a bit of a misnomer as it’s not the current team but the original team as led by Rick Flagg, the grandfather of his recently deceased grandson. With two threats at the same time, Amanda Waller has to […]

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Science Fiction: An Illustrated History by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

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Science Fiction: An Illustrated History by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

I mentioned last month I pulled ‘Science Fiction: An Illustrated History’ by Sam J. Lundwall so about time I gave it a read. Of course, the history of SF would only be up to 1977 but it’ll give a sharper snapshot leading up to that time. It’s hardly surprising that Lundwall is going to remind […]

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Editorial – Apr 2021: Going Through The Science Fiction Checklist: ID or Not ID?

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Editorial – Apr 2021: Going Through The Science Fiction Checklist: ID or Not ID?

Hello everyone, Catastrophe seems to be going through the Science Fiction Earth checklist for extinction right now. From global warming to pandemics, we are being hit on all sides, mostly from problems we have created ourselves. Even with the warning signs decades ago, there were far too few voices or at least voices what would […]

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Building Dyson Spheres: an article by: GF Willmetts.

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Building Dyson Spheres: an article by: GF Willmetts.

Freeman Dyson, based off Olaf Stapleton’s ‘Starmaker’ 1937 novel, proposed that an advanced civilisation needing more energy would build a shell around their star and beyond their homeplanet to take in all its energy. For the sake of names or labelling, we’ll keep to the recognised name here or ‘sphere’ or ‘shell’ as required to […]

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2001: A Space Remake: a story by: GF Willmetts.

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2001: A Space Remake: a story by: GF Willmetts.

‘Put that by me again. You want to remake ‘2001’? The Kubrick movie. Why?’ The producer looked ardently at the director, not sure if he should have dollar signs in his eyes. ‘Well, at least you’ve heard of it. Hopefully seen it, too.’ ‘Once or twice, a long time ago. Again, why?’ ‘No one’s done […]

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