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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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Destination Mars: New Explorations Of The Red Planet by Rod Pyle (book review).

January 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Destination Mars: New Explorations Of The Red Planet by Rod Pyle (book review).

With so much focus on the Apollo missions to the Moon and later with the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, sending unmanned flights to Mars seems to have been short-changed in comparison over the years. Even recent missions have been done on a cheaper budget than the biggest mega-film budget, although a mission […]

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The Best Of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (book review).

January 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Best Of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (book review).

There are tell-tell signs when you start realising a book’s content isn’t going to be as it says on the back cover. As you read the story itself, contemporary references to something from our time in an indeterminate distant future seems odd. Outside of Dickens, would you know any other writer from the 19th century […]

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Doctor Who: The Dominators by Norman Ashby (DVD review).

January 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Dominators by Norman Ashby (DVD review).

I remember when the sixth season of ‘Doctor Who’ was about to be shown on TV back in 1968 that there was a lot of media promotion about the new villains, the Quarks. Which at the end of the day were some of the worst robots in creation although they packed as powerful a wallop […]

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Gravity by Brian Clegg (book review).

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Gravity by Brian Clegg (book review).

  Gravity. Can’t see it. Can’t live without it. It keeps us on the Earth and if you fall from a great height, you’ll fall at the same speed as anything else on this planet. Brian Clegg’s book ‘Gravity’ explores the history of its discovery from Galileo through to Newton and beyond. It’s also rather […]

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Doctor Who: The Ark by Paul Erikson and Leslie Scott (DVD review).

January 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Ark by Paul Erikson and Leslie Scott	(DVD review).

The Doctor (actor William Hartnell), Steven Taylor (actor Peter Purves) and new companion with a heavy cold, Dodo Chaplet (actress Jackie Lane), arrive on what appears to be a zoo-like environment which is in fact a spaceship. They discover its inhabitants live ten million years into the future when the Earth is finally going to […]

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Apollo 11: 1969 (Including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley and Phil Dolling (book review).

January 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Apollo 11: 1969 (Including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley and Phil Dolling (book review).

Now in its sixth reprint, the breath-holding titled ‘Apollo 11: 1969 (Including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5) Owners’ Workshop Manual’ by Christopher Riley and Phil Dolling should be on the list to own by anyone interested in the Moon landings, more so now that the first man on the Moon, Neal Armstrong, died in 2012. […]

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The Real Story Of Risk by Glenn Croston (book review).

January 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Real Story Of Risk by Glenn Croston (book review).

Firstly, this book, ‘The Real Story Of Risk’ has nothing to do with the game of Risk but how we cope with the odds of survival in the world about us. Author Glenn Croston points out from the start that we have a greater chance of being attacked and killed by pet dogs than we […]

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Matt Baker: The Art Of Glamour edited by Jim Amash and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

January 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Matt Baker: The Art Of Glamour edited by Jim Amash and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

You might not know the name Matt Baker. After all, he died in 1959, but you might have seen his art around occasionally and I did a check on Google and there’s a lot there for you to see. In his short career, heart problems from rheumatic fever when young finally killed him at the […]

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Editorial – January 2013 (editorial).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Editorial – January 2013 (editorial).

Thinking is a sign of responsibility. Considered action comes better from thinking before acting.  Hello everyone A problem with western society today is that it is very much an action first, apologise if wrong later, mostly because the consequences haven’t been thought through far enough. What tends to be forgotten is to think through the […]

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Firing Blanks (story).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Firing Blanks (story).

‘I’m here to fill in some gaps in your education. Better than reading books and manuals all the time. I’m sorry I wasn’t available when you arrived. We don’t always control when assignments come up. ‘All right. Pay attention. The most important lesson I can drum into you is Blanks are not immune to Psionic […]

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