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Author Archive: UncleGeoff

Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 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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Building Dyson Spheres: an article by: GF Willmetts.

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Building Dyson Spheres: an article by: GF Willmetts.

Freeman Dyson, based off Olaf Stapleton’s ‘Starmaker’ 1937 novel, proposed that an advanced civilisation needing more energy would build a shell around their star and beyond their homeplanet to take in all its energy. For the sake of names or labelling, we’ll keep to the recognised name here or ‘sphere’ or ‘shell’ as required to […]

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2001: A Space Remake: a story by: GF Willmetts.

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2001: A Space Remake: a story by: GF Willmetts.

‘Put that by me again. You want to remake ‘2001’? The Kubrick movie. Why?’ The producer looked ardently at the director, not sure if he should have dollar signs in his eyes. ‘Well, at least you’ve heard of it. Hopefully seen it, too.’ ‘Once or twice, a long time ago. Again, why?’ ‘No one’s done […]

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Doctor Who: Paradise Towers by Stephen Wyatt (DVD review).

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Doctor Who: Paradise Towers by Stephen Wyatt (DVD review).

The building complex Paradise Towers is supposed to be a holiday resort and a reluctant Doctor (actor Sylvester McCoy) has taken Mel (actress Bonnie Langford) there to have a swim in its Great Pool, having shown her some promo screens. However, upon arriving in the TARDIS, they discover the place is run down. The original […]

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Draw! #25 Summer 2013 (magazine review).

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Draw! #25 Summer 2013 (magazine review).

We’re now back 8 years with Draw! # 25 and editor Mike Manley discussing comicbook craft with artist Lee Weeks and seeing how he designs his pictures. Interestingly, their discussion on how paper quality and its rag content, that is how it takes pencils and inks and absorbency, has dropped in recent years in the […]

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Suicide Squad Vol. 5: Kill Your Darlings by Rob Williams, Guz Vazquez, Agustin Pailla, Juan Ferreyra, Giuseppe Cafaro and Adriano Lucas (graphic novel review).

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Suicide Squad Vol. 5: Kill Your Darlings by Rob Williams, Guz Vazquez, Agustin Pailla, Juan Ferreyra, Giuseppe Cafaro and Adriano Lucas (graphic novel review).

The reprints of Suicide Squad # 20-25 in this ‘Suicide Squad Vol. 5: Kill Your Darlings’ has a total change of artists. An unfortunate consequence being the first artist, so not giving names, putting Amanda Waller on a diet. Thankfully, in later issues, she does gain some of her weight back. I suspect any art […]

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Alter Ego #59 June 2006 (magazine review).

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Alter Ego #59 June 2006 (magazine review).

I lucked out recently and managed to get a paper copy of Alter Ego # 59 on E-Bay. Seeing the cover here, I agree with editor Roy Thomas that it is rather striking. It’s the middle section of a painting by Arthur Suydam and you can look up the complete work on-line from his zombie […]

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Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching by Patrick Parrinder (book review).

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Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching by Patrick Parrinder (book review).

I pulled a copy of ‘Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching’ by Patrick Parrinder, not realising it was part of Methuen’s ‘New Accents’ collection back in 1980. Looking on the back cover, its amongst a selection of cultural academic subjects. Parrinder is principally going over the history of Science Fiction but not in great detail. […]

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Doctor Who: Time And The Rani by Pip and Jane Baker (DVD review).

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Doctor Who: Time And The Rani by Pip and Jane Baker (DVD review).

The TARDIS is attacked and crashes on Lakertya, causing a regeneration and a fresh body and persona for the Doctor (actor Sylvester McCoy). It is all a plot by the Time Lady Rani (actress Kate O’Mara) to capture the Doctor and posing as his assistant, Mel, gives him an amnesia drug before convincing him to […]

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Suicide Squad Vol. 4: Earthlings On Fire by Rob Williams, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Neil Edwards, Stjepan Sejic and Tomen Morey (graphic novel review).

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Suicide Squad Vol. 4: Earthlings On Fire by Rob Williams, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Neil Edwards, Stjepan Sejic and Tomen Morey (graphic novel review).

Amanda Waller certainly knows how to play with the devil. While she’s keeping Lex Luthor busy by having a drink with him in his penthouse, her Suicide Squad are in his vault looking for a particular item and getting in the way of its guards. Oddly, had she asked or rather accepted the small wrapped […]

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Science Fiction: What It’s All About by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

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Science Fiction: What It’s All About by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

When I was looking up the bibliography from Gary Westfahl’s book, ‘The Mechanics Of Wonder: The Creation Of The Idea Of Science Fiction’, I found several that I hadn’t read. ‘Science Fiction: What It’s All About’ by Sam J. Lundwall is one of them and dspite coming from 1971 is still out there. In his […]

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