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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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Splice (2009) (DVD review).

February 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Splice (2009) (DVD review).

In many ways I would probably agree with director Vincenzo Natali that ‘Splice’ is a re-working of the Frankenstein myth. Only instead of revitalising dead flesh with electricity, this time it’s with recombinant DNA to create a new life-form. Although it produces a male and female slug-like creatures, none of this hermaphrodite nonsense, that are […]

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The Batcave Companion by Michael Eury and Michael Kronenberg (book review).

February 24, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Batcave Companion by Michael Eury and Michael Kronenberg (book review).

I should say from the start that ‘The Batcave Companion’ isn’t actually a look at the various versions of the Batcave, although there is indeed some reference to it but a look at how the down-in-sales Batman leading up to the early 60s was rejuvenated into the Earth-2 version most of you are familiar with […]

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Science Fiction And Philosophy edited by Susan Schneider (book review).

February 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction And Philosophy edited by Susan Schneider (book review).

I have to say from the start, I found ‘Science Fiction And Philosophy’ an odd book, which became odder as I read it. Divided into five sections, I felt sorry for David J. Chambers in the first section trying to get his head around virtual realities and ‘The Matrix’ in particular. I couldn’t help but […]

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Doctor Who: The Daemons by Guy Leopold (DVD review).

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Daemons by Guy Leopold (DVD review).

If ever there was an archetypal Jon Pertwee/Doctor Who story, then surely it must be ‘The Daemons’. Yet oddly, the story is something more akin to the 1958 ‘Quatermass And The Pit’ than the usual ‘Who’. They both share similarities in the discovery at an excavation of demons but the source of them, an alien […]

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Radical Distortion: How Emotions Warp What We Hear by John W. Reich (book review).

February 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Radical Distortion: How Emotions Warp What We Hear by John W. Reich (book review).

I wasn’t really sure about John W. Reich’s book, ‘Radical Distortion: How Emotions Warp What We Hear’, as it took a couple chapters to settle down into what he was getting at. After that, it started to make sense. Reich’s focus is on how people are persuaded not only by someone talking but the emotional […]

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Lunar Rover: 1971-1972 (Apollo 15-17; LRV1-3 & 1G Trainer) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley, David Woods & Philip Dolling (book review).

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Lunar Rover: 1971-1972 (Apollo 15-17; LRV1-3 & 1G Trainer) Owners’ Workshop Manual by Christopher Riley, David Woods & Philip Dolling (book review).

The ‘Lunar Rover: 1971-1972 (Apollo 15-17; LRV1-3 & 1G Trainer) Owners’ Workshop Manual’ has a fascinating history. The vehicle, not the book, that is. Authors Christopher Riley, David Woods and Philip Dolling even point out the Rover’s Science Fiction roots and even early ideas appearing in ‘Lost In Space’ and ‘Thunderball’. A lot of the […]

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The Complete Nemesis The Warlock Volume 1 – Books 1-4 by Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neill, Jesus Redondo and Bryan Talbot (book review).

February 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Complete Nemesis The Warlock Volume 1 – Books 1-4 by Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neill, Jesus Redondo and Bryan Talbot	 (book review).

‘Nemesis The Warlock’ was one of ‘2000AD’s oddest series when I was younger reading the title. Reading it again now is a reminder of how prevalent the series was about prejudice. Hardly surprising really when it was based off the Spanish Inquisition and even more peculiar in that humans were the villains of the piece […]

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A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos by Mark Thompson (book review).

February 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos by Mark Thompson	(book review).

Mark Thompson’s book ‘A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos’ is a practical guide to astronomy. Hardly surprising as this is what he does on TV. What comes out of this book is also a measure of science and history, so you get far more than just looking up in the skies. Interspersed between […]

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Our Future World by Curt Stager (book review).

February 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Our Future World by Curt Stager (book review).

‘Our Future Earth’ will make more sense from its sub-title ‘How The Planet Will Change In the Next 100,000 Years’. Considering how in Science Fiction we deal with such time periods as standard, I suspect outsiders think this is beyond their time frame to worry about. Author Curt Stager is a paleoecologist. That is, he […]

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Inequality comes from many directions. Editorial – February 2013.

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Inequality comes from many directions. Editorial – February 2013.

Deferred selection is control not choice. Hello everyone Inequality comes from many directions. One of my current bugbears is the differences between US and UK DVD releases by the various production companies, saying that so I don’t discriminate against just one or two involved here. I can understand why censor cuts might mean slight time […]

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