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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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Gremlins – The Gizmo Way: a subjective report by: GF Willmetts.

January 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
Gremlins – The Gizmo Way: a subjective report by: GF Willmetts.

There is an odd species loose on the planet Earth. Nominally, it appears, as far as we know, to be one of a kind, although propagates when you add water. There are three rules associated with the Mogwai and its variants often called gremlins, no doubt discovered by accident with its discovery although no one […]

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Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash by Joe Street (book review).

January 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash by Joe Street (book review).

For those who wonder what happens when I look through a catalogue, I do wonder when something unusual comes up is whether you people out there would be interested as well. I cover a lot of Eurospan’s distribution of SF-orientated non-fiction but they also cover a lot of other diverse subjects as well. I tend […]

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100 Years Of Science Fiction Illustration by Anthony Frewin (book review),

January 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
100 Years Of Science Fiction Illustration by Anthony Frewin (book review),

‘100 Years Of Science Fiction Illustration’ by Anthony Frewin is, as far as I can tell, one of the earliest illustrated looks at SF art. From looking at different covers shown, it looks like it has been reprinted a couple times. The first two chapters cover two artists that I hadn’t come across before. I […]

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Stock Footage by James Forsher (book review).

January 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
Stock Footage by James Forsher (book review).

As James Forsher points out in the introduction to this book, ‘Stock Footage’, he wished he had this book when he started out. Although it is obviously American-orientated, the areas of copyright and permission is a world-wide consideration if you need to borrow from various sources. Forsher notes 16 sources, some of which are not […]

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The Forensic Comicologist: Insight From A Life In Comics by Jamie Newbold (book review).

January 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Forensic Comicologist: Insight From A Life In Comics by Jamie Newbold (book review).

Jamie Newbold is a comicbook collector, ex-police officer, and dealer hence the rather long-winded title to his book, ‘The Forensic Comicologist: Insight From A Life In Comics’. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the title until a flick through the pages and one of the boxed snippets about Neal Adams, which revealed Newbold […]

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Death And The Eternal Forever by Ron English (book review).

January 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Death And The Eternal Forever by Ron English (book review).

Now here’s a book to cheer you up this time of year. Artist Ron English uses his book, ‘Death And The Eternal Forever’, to examine how close we are to death. On the opening flyfold of the cover, there’s a stark reminder, ‘You may know you’re going to die, but you won’t know you’re dead’. […]

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Legionnaires Book Two by Tom McCraw, Tom Peyer, Mark Waid, Lee Moder and Jeffrey Moy (graphic novel review).

January 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Legionnaires Book Two by Tom McCraw, Tom Peyer, Mark Waid, Lee Moder and Jeffrey Moy (graphic novel review).

Let’s now go back to 1995 and the version of the Legion Of Super-Heroes from that time. This massive book of 392 pages contains Legion Of Super-Heroes # 69-73, Legion Of Super-Heroes Annual # 6, Legionnaires # 25.30, Legionnaires Annual # 2 and Showcase ’95 # 6. If you remember my reviewing of ‘Legionnaires Book […]

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Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count) Episode 11: Resolution by Chris Chibnall.

January 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count) Episode 11: Resolution by Chris Chibnall.

After the announcement that they had run out of ideas for Christmas episodes, ‘Doctor Who’ moves to the New Year. I always felt it far too much of a coincidence when the Doctor continually bumps into something yuletide this time of year. It isn’t like she has other planets in time and space to be […]

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Monster Cinema: Quick Takes: Movies & Popular Cinema by Barry Keith Grant (book review).

December 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Monster Cinema: Quick Takes: Movies & Popular Cinema by Barry Keith Grant (book review).

Now here we are with another ‘Quick Takes’ book, small enough to slip into your pocket for a read on your travels. This time, Barry Keith Grant is into ‘Monster Cinema’. Oddly, this doesn’t just cover your normal SF and horror creatures, but some of the more general genre ones like Norman Bates and Hannibal […]

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Figures From Life: Drawing With Style by Patrick J. Jones (book review).

December 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Figures From Life: Drawing With Style by Patrick J. Jones (book review).

‘Figures From Life: Drawing With Style’ is the fourth book by Patrick J. Jones and, as the title suggests, this time you’re in an artbook showing how to draw real people, mostly unclad, but don’t expect to see many of them. You’re also going to be using charcoal, pastels, rags and even an automated eraser […]

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