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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 Saturn V Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967-1973 (Apollo 4 To Apollo 17 And Skylab by W. David Woods (book review)

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
NASA Saturn V Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967-1973 (Apollo 4 To Apollo 17 And Skylab by W. David Woods   (book review)

Back in the early 1960s, America decided that they would need a big rocket if ever they wanted to go to the Moon. Looking at the design of the Juno that became known by its alternative name as the Saturn V, compared to other rockets, then they achieved that but it wasn’t an easy build. […]

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Illustrators # 15 (magazine review).

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 15 (magazine review).

Remember me writing that there was another month before the next issue of ‘Illustrators’ was due earlier in the month? I had a nice surprise when issue 15 came through the letterbox. For those buying, I should point out that these magazines come in protective plastic bags inside cardboard packing. By far the biggest section […]

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The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

The sub-title of Steven D. Bloom’s book, ‘The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction’ is ‘Understanding Interstellar Travel, Teleportation, Time Travel, Alien Life And Other Genre Fixtures’. Just so you know what the 10 chapters in this book will cover. I suspect there wasn’t room on the cover to add robots, weaponry and super-humans, although […]

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Behind The Throne (The Indranan War book 1) by K.B. Wagers (book review).

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Behind The Throne (The Indranan War book 1) by K.B. Wagers (book review).

I suspect like me you’d think the first person character of K.B. Wagers’ novel ‘Behind The Throne’ was a male from reading the first twenty or so pages, not to mention why ‘Hail’ was being used as a noun. It isn’t until a few pages in that things started to become more apparent and that […]

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Who Travels With The Doctor? edited by Gillian I. Leitch and Sherry Ginn (book review).

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Who Travels With The Doctor? edited by Gillian I. Leitch and Sherry Ginn (book review).

Looks like Doctor Who companions are the flavour of the year. ‘Who Travels With The Doctor?’ is an international (USA and UK) eight author examination of a sampling of the various people who have travelled with a certain Time Lord. Co-editor Gillian I. Leitch gives a resume of them all in the first piece and […]

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Alter Ego # 142 September 2016 (magazine review).

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego # 142 September 2016 (magazine review).

The September issue of ‘Alter Ego’ is a change from the usual as this issue focuses on significant American fans who have made a difference. The first of these is David Siegel, who working independently during 1987-2005 located and then met various Golden Age comicbook artists and got them to the San Diego Comicons. I […]

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Illustrators #11 (magazine review).

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators #11 (magazine review).

To stop me getting withdrawal symptoms after reading and reviewing ‘Illustrators’ twice a month, I decided to read the last of the back issues to this month. If you’ve been picking up these issues as well, we aren’t too far from the release of the new issue. With Illustrators # 11, we start with a […]

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The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom (book review).

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom (book review).

Very, very occasionally, I will look at a book with a massive page count and wonder at either the subject matter or how long it will take to read and digest. I’ve read longer books but the implication here is religion from the title of Howard Bloom’s book, ‘The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos […]

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Identicals (2015) (film review).

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Identicals (2015) (film review).

‘Identicals’ is also called ‘Brand New U’, just in case you think they are two films. Slater Brenan (actor Lachlan Nieboer) faces a hard kidnap when Nadia Savile (actress Nora-Jane Noone) is abducted in front of him. Although Slater stops one of them, he chases out into the street only to hear a public phone […]

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Draw! # 32 Summer 2016 (magazine review)

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Draw! # 32 Summer 2016   (magazine review)

One cannot ignore the opening editorial plea by Mike Manley that in the world of declining paper magazine sales that it would help if a few more specialist shops were encouraged to stock ‘Draw!’ to boost sales. He has a point because, no matter how much information there is on the Internet, it doesn’t mean […]

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