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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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How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor On A Troubled Planet edited by Sarah Besky and Alex Blanchette (book review).

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How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor On A Troubled Planet edited by Sarah Besky and Alex Blanchette (book review).

Even I take a second look at just what a title such as ‘How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor On A Troubled Planet’ means. Subjectively, it is employers using as few workers as they can and/or not paying them enough. In many respects, it also means that there is little in trained expertise in the welfare […]

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Modern Masters Volume Eighteen: John Romita, Jr. by George Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

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Modern Masters Volume Eighteen: John Romita, Jr. by George Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

John Romita, Jr. has very big shoes to follow as his dad, John Romita, was already a famous artist at Marvel Comics and didn’t really want him to go into the industry because of the long hours and low pay at the time. There was also a little matter of nepotism as his mother, Virginia, […]

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Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko (book review).

March 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko (book review).

The sub-title of Karen A. Romanko’s book, ‘Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television’, is ‘An Encyclopedia Of 400 Characters And 200 Shows’. Any geek-minded person would have to ask how can she be so precise a number or does it make better copy for the cover? She gets around that by having an ‘Honorable […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 10: The Timeless Children by Chris Chibnall.

March 1, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 10: The Timeless Children by Chris Chibnall.

Onboard the trooper carrier, Graham gets them all to disguise themselves under cyber-armour to get out of their spaceship. The Master invites the Cybermen to the ruins of Gallifrey having imprisoned the Doctor in the Matrix. As you all know, the Matrix is the depository of Time Lord knowledge where she is shown the first-ever […]

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Editorial – March 2020: Is there a scientist in the house?

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Editorial – March 2020: Is there a scientist in the house?

Hello everyone Now, I’m not saying this is true of all current Science Fiction shows, simply because I haven’t seen all the product out there from across the world, let alone check the credits for one vital line: ‘Science Advisor’. However, the usual giveaway is in scientific inaccuracies. None of which is helped by showrunners […]

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Revisited): a second encounter by: GF Willmetts.

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Revisited): a second encounter by: GF Willmetts.

Back in 2017, I wrote an article on the 1977 film ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’, postulating from a human perspective report. However, a recent train of thought of how the extra-terrestrials might have seen us raises some contradictions. After all, with all the UFO sightings when they returned to the Earth could hardly […]

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A Thought In The Write Place: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

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A Thought In The Write Place: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

I’m one for gadgets. If it’s new, then I want to buy and try it. Hey, in my other life I was a journalist. It’s what we do. This sort of thing becomes a way of life because I wrote about it. Who wouldn’t want a telepathic word processing computer? No typing, just think the […]

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Black Mirror: Series 1, 2 & Christmas Special boxset (TV series DVD review).

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Black Mirror: Series 1, 2 & Christmas Special boxset (TV series DVD review).

Watching these stories, the more I felt we have a different sort of Science Fiction. Showrunner Charlie Brooker and his writers are really combining kitchen sink drama with SF themes. I’m still not quite sure how I missed them back in 2011 but definitely seeing them without adverts doesn’t destroy the flow which is quite […]

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Batman: Dark Detective by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin (graphic novel review).

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Batman: Dark Detective by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin (graphic novel review).

The Batman: Dark Detective 6-part mini-series was originally released in 2005. As pointed out while reviewing one of publisher TwoMorrows early issue of ‘Back Issue’ last month I discovered that this was the first time that writer Steve Englehart, artist Marshall Rogers and inker Terry Austin had been reunited on a Batman series since the […]

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Nobody Does It Better: The Complete Uncensored Unauthorised Oral History of James Bond by Mark A. Altman & Edward Gross (book review).

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Nobody Does It Better: The Complete Uncensored Unauthorised Oral History of James Bond by Mark A. Altman & Edward Gross (book review).

With ‘Nobody Does It Better: The Complete Uncensored Unauthorised Oral History Of James Bond’ by Mark A. Altman & Edward Gross, we have another title with a very long name. Although I could have relied on the main title as an identifier to that agent fella, Bond, James Bond, the qualifier is in the sub-title. […]

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