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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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Am I Overthinking This? by Michelle Rial (book review).

August 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Am I Overthinking This? by Michelle Rial (book review).

Now am I overthinking here? Michelle Rial’s book ‘Am I Overthinking This?’ on a page flick test is an assortment of photographic and simple art pages, some of it purporting to be the bell-shaped averages graph. When you read, the text is actually very simple but it is supposed to be. Are you sure you […]

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WWII: Codebreakers And Spies by Michael Smith (book review).

August 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
WWII: Codebreakers And Spies by Michael Smith (book review).

Author Michael Smith reveals in his introduction to his book, ‘WWII: Codebreakers And Spies’, that its only now with public release of classified information that we’re getting a clearer picture of what went on in this area of espionage during World War II. What makes this book of special importance is you have copies of […]

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Being John Malkovich (1999) (Blu-ray film review).

August 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Being John Malkovich (1999) (Blu-ray film review).

I haven’t seen the film ‘Being John Malkovich’ (1999) for some time. In fact, as I recall, I only saw it originally because I was interested in seeing what else John Cusack was in having enjoyed ‘The Grifters’ (1990) and didn’t even know who John Malkovich was at the time. How times have changed in […]

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CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention 2020 – prices going up.

August 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention 2020 – prices going up.

CoNZealand has announced that the cost of Adult Attending Memberships will increase from NZ$400 to NZ$425, as of October 1st 2019. CoNZealand Co-chairs, Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler, said, “We’re thrilled to host one of the world’s most prestigious science fiction conventions and the legendary Hugo Awards, here in Aotearoa. We expect more than 2000 […]

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Cutting Edge Science by Colin Barras (book review).

August 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Cutting Edge Science by Colin Barras (book review).

If you want a ready book on the current advances in science then look no further than Colin Barras’ book ‘Cutting Edge Science’. Even when I first started reading it, I thought this ought to be a biannual book to show how modern advances are going. An annual might be pushing it though. There are […]

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How To Be A Pro Gamer by Jon Hambin (book review).

August 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
How To Be A Pro Gamer by Jon Hambin (book review).

The process of picking out books to review for me often depends on whether I think they will be of interest to you, the reader, and then read to see if they are. I did wonder about Jon Hambin’s book, ‘How To Be A Pro Gamer’, but as I also covered Carlton’s ‘The 100 Greatest […]

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The Compact Guide: DNA by Kat Arney (book review).

August 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Compact Guide: DNA by Kat Arney (book review).

There is an old saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. This should also extend to cover the size of a book. Publisher Andre Deutsch is doing a series of small ‘Compact Guides’ and ‘DNA’ by Kat Arney was the closest to our remit. What I didn’t expect was a dense […]

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The 100 Greatest Retro Videogames (book review)

August 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
The 100 Greatest Retro Videogames   (book review)

I wasn’t quite sure how far back this new Carlton Book, ‘The 100 Greatest Retro Videogames’ or how the selection was made or for what games platforms until I got the book. Firstly, the source material is the Future Publishing magazine ‘Retro Gamer’ and all platforms are covered, assuming the games were put on them. […]

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Scripts From The Crypt: The Brute Man by Scott Gallinghouse (book review).

August 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Scripts From The Crypt: The Brute Man by Scott Gallinghouse (book review).

Scott Gallinghouse’s book title, ‘Scripts From The Crypt: The Brute Man’, is a reference to the final of two films that starred Rondo Hatton although this is really a book about him. I suspect most people know of Hatton from a lookalike make-up played by ‘Tiny Ron’ Taylor in the 1991 film ‘The Rocketeer’ than […]

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Crazy Screenwriting Secrets by Weiko Lin (book review)

August 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Crazy Screenwriting Secrets by Weiko Lin  (book review)

I’m not sure if I agree with author and scriptwriter Weiko Lin’s book title of ‘Crazy Screenwriting Secrets’ as much of it is sensible things that can be applied to all types of fiction. Weiko Lin says it has more to do with his favourite movie title, ‘Crazy Heart’ and that everyone is born crazy. […]

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