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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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DefCon 4 (1985) (film review).

June 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
DefCon 4 (1985) (film review).

For those who don’t know, ‘DefCon 4’ is, apart from the name of this film and the name for a reaction in the event of a world-war nuclear war. Although written as ‘Def-Con 4’, the title in the film has no hyphen, so I shall refer to it as that. The Nemesis Mission is a […]

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Escape Room (2019) (horror film review).

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Escape Room (2019) (horror film review).

When I read the write-up for this film ‘Escape Room’, it felt a bit like ‘Cube’. The major difference is the six strangers win tickets to this competition and the winner will get $10.000…providing they get out. Always read the small print. You’ve also got to be good at solving puzzles under pressure of death. […]

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Illustrators #26 (magazine review).

June 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Illustrators #26 (magazine review).

As I’m often said in the past, I look forward to every edition of ‘Illustrators’ and there is no exception with the 26th issue with a mixture of period art and cartoon illustrating. Even enough contrast to keep everyone happy. The opening artist is John Millar-Watt (1895-1975) who could turn his hand to any medium. […]

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Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience In A Broken System Of Emergency Psychiatry by Lynn Nanos (book review).

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Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience In A Broken System Of Emergency Psychiatry by Lynn Nanos (book review).

When I was first asked to review this book, I got the impression that it would be full of interviews with mental health patients on how they were treated in the USA. Actually, it isn’t, mostly because most don’t even believe they are ill, although their mental conditions are serious and how they are treated […]

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The Andromeda Strain (1971) (Blu-ray film review).

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The Andromeda Strain (1971) (Blu-ray film review).

I’ve always had some affection for ‘The Andromeda Strain’. Next to ‘2001’, it was probably one of first hard science SF films I’d seen with a no-star cast, although I did recognise James Olsen from ‘The Time Tunnel’ as I originally saw this film when it first came out. This is also the first book […]

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Editorial – June 2019: A taste of Internet vulnerability.

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Editorial – June 2019: A taste of Internet vulnerability.

Hello everyone On the 12 May 2019, the year given for posterity and in case you’re reading this editorial much later, Outlook/Hotmail failed to send out messages but did receive them. I did all the standard checks from making sure the router was getting a clear signal by turning it on & off and even […]

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This Side Of Hell: a story by: GF Willmetts.

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This Side Of Hell: a story by: GF Willmetts.

I am Schrödinger’s ghost. Well, not really him but his living theory. I got hit by a car and an inch from having my head run over by one of its wheels. In some other reality, someone pretty much like me had his head flattened and seriously dead. I was the lucky one. I also […]

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Time And The Doctor: an article of temporal delicacy, by GF Willmetts.

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Time And The Doctor: an article of temporal delicacy, by GF Willmetts.

There is always something odd about the travels of the Gallifreyan called the Doctor. Although in the early days, the TARDIS travelled apparently randomly in time and space and even appeared in different time periods of the Daleks own history and seemingly annihilating them completely repeatedly amongst other things. We were after all following the […]

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Doctor Who: Revelation Of The Daleks by Eric Saward (DVD TV series review).

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Doctor Who: Revelation Of The Daleks by Eric Saward (DVD TV series review).

Typical of an Eric Saward script, there are several cross-connecting plot strands. It’s better to split them up rather than trying to intertwine them. Oddly, the Doctor (actor Colin Baker) and Peri (Nicola Bryant) practically become a minor strand in their own story. They arrive on the wintery planet Necros where politicians and the wealthy […]

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Captain Marvel And The Art Of Nostalgia by Brian Cremins (book review).

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Captain Marvel And The Art Of Nostalgia by Brian Cremins (book review).

The biggest problem with Brian Cremins’ book, ‘Captain Marvel And The Art Of Nostalgia’ was discovering that there was just over 18 pages of footnotes at the back of the book with details that needed to be looked up when reading. I know this is a bugbear of mine but surely if the information is […]

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