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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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The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (book review).

January 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (book review).

In some respects, you’re thrown in the deep end from the wrong direction with Simon Jimenez’ book, ‘The Vanished Birds’, and getting a different perspective as we follow the life of Kaeda on an agriculture planet where a starship arrives every 15 years to collect their crop. Presumably, some financial settlement is made although we […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 4: Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror by Nina Metivier (TV review).

January 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 4: Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror by Nina Metivier (TV review).

With a name like ‘Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror’, you know this has to be a historical setting and the feud between Tesla (actor Goran Visnjic) and Thomas Edison (actor Robert Glenister) is rampant. Please, not another alien menace. Science Fiction doesn’t depend on an alien menace, just the presence of time travellers is enough […]

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Modern Masters Volume Twelve: Michael Golden (book review).

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Modern Masters Volume Twelve: Michael Golden (book review).

Back in the day, I first got sight of Michael Golden’s artwork when he appeared at Marvel doing the first 12 issues of ‘The Micronauts’ in 1979. Stylish, expressive and action-packed. Who cared it was based on a toyline, more so as the key characters weren’t toys. From a Marvel perspective, we were used to […]

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Girl Warriors by Svenja Hohenstein (book review).

January 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
Girl Warriors by Svenja Hohenstein (book review).

‘Girl Warriors’ by Svenja Hohenstein actually only focuses on three: Buffy Summers obviously from the 1997-2003 TV series, Katniss Everdeen from ‘The Hunger Games’ (2008-2010) novels and Princess Merida from Disney’s 2012 film ‘Brave’. As you’ll tell from this review, I’m reacting a lot to what she has to say. From the introduction, Hohenstein says […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 3: Orphan 55 by Ed Hime

January 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 3: Orphan 55 by Ed Hime

Before we start, an odd thing to consider from last week’s episode. If the Doctor hadn’t survived until the end, then how could she have installed the rescue equipment into falling aeroplane to save her friends? One has to be careful with how you play with time travel paradoxes. Sorry for the slight delay. I […]

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The God Game by Danny Tobey (book review).

January 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
The God Game by Danny Tobey (book review).

The best way to sum up the plot of Danny Tobey’s novel, ‘The God Game’, is a gang of five semi-delinquent university students called the Vindicators encounter a chatbot who declares it’s God with a capital ‘G’ and wants them to perform certain activities or risk being killed. Not a benevolent God obviously, more so […]

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Justice League: The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes by Alex Ross and Paul Dini (graphic novel review).

January 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Justice League: The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes by Alex Ross and Paul Dini (graphic novel review).

Anything with the art of Alex Ross in is always a worth a look. ‘Justice League: The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes’ is the collected work he did with writer Paul Dini looking at individual JLA members handle some of the world’s crisis back around 2007. In Superman’s case, it’s feeding the starving of the world and […]

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The Flash Companion by Keith Dallas (book review).

January 8, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Flash Companion by Keith Dallas (book review).

Having read Gardner Fox’s biography last month and having two of TwoMorrow Publishing’s Companion books to hand and some time to spare, I thought it about time I read ‘The Flash Companion’. Actually, it should really be called ‘The Flashes Companion’ as it covers four of them: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count) : Episode 2: Spyfall – Part Two by Chris Chibnall

January 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count)  :  Episode 2: Spyfall – Part Two by Chris Chibnall

Be careful, here lies lots of SPOILERS. There is a split as the aeroplane is crashing and the Doctor goes into a mental realm where she meets Aida Lovelace (actress Sylvie Biggs) before both of them arrive in 1894 and a lot of experts from that time period. The Doctor slowly pieces things together and […]

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Editorial – January 2020: The map is the territory.

January 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Editorial – January 2020:  The map is the territory.

Hello everyone The mantra of General Semantics is ‘the map is not the territory just a representation or reality’. Telling the two apart and not confusing the two is what makes for rational thinking. You might use a map as a guide to get around but you certainly wouldn’t want to be totally dependent or […]

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