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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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How Do You Get An Egg Into A Bottle? by Erwin Brecher & Mike Gerrard (book review).

September 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
How Do You Get An Egg Into A Bottle? by Erwin Brecher & Mike Gerrard (book review).

‘How Do You Get An Egg Into A Bottle?’ is but one of the many questions asked and answered in this book by Erwin Brecher & Mike Gerrard. Divided into 7 sections with the 8th having the answers. Along the way, you will find the science behind a variety of phenomena and some general things […]

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They Drew As They Pleased Volume 5: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Early Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s by Didier Ghez (book review).

September 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased Volume 5: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Early Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s by Didier Ghez (book review).

For the fifth volume of ‘They Drew As They Pleased’, Didier Ghez only covers two designers at Disney and, as he points out in the introduction, this late period in Disney history hasn’t really been covered before. With the old guard retiring and Walt Disney himself dead in 1966, they needed some decent all-rounders to […]

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ConNZealand will host 1945 Retro Hugo awards (awards news).

September 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
ConNZealand will host 1945 Retro Hugo awards (awards news).

Worldcon CoNZealand is to present the Retro Hugo Awards for 1945, to acknowledge notable works published in 1944, CoNZealand co-chairs, Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler announced. The Hugos are one of the main awards in the science fiction and fantasy genres. First presented in 1953, they honour literature, media and fan activities and are given […]

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Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark by Lucia Peters (book review).

September 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark by Lucia Peters (book review).

Just in case you thought the title of Lucia Peters’ book, ‘Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark’, was an invitation for derring-do, pay attention to the sub-title, ‘A Guide To Summoning Spirits, Divining The Future And Invoking The Supernatural’. Although described as a ‘party book’, the real meaning of that is the number of […]

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Stargazing: Photographs Of The Night Sky From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

September 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Stargazing: Photographs Of The Night Sky From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

As the title should indicate, ‘Stargazing: Photographs Of The Night Sky From The Archives Of NASA’, we are seeing photos from their archives. This covers everything from the Hubble Telescope to the International Space Station to the launches of the space shuttles. From these you see phenomenon from Earth overhead to the various nebulas and […]

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Editorial – September 2019 : The price of Armageddon.

September 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Editorial – September 2019  :  The price of Armageddon.

Hello everyone With so much political unrest in the world and the world-wide climate change and global warming, you would think that the less scientific gloom-mongers would at least be screaming, ‘I told you so’ by now. Maybe they’re too busy with their heads down on-line when no one of importance is really listening or […]

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Cat-Loving Criminals: an article by: GF Willmetts.

September 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Cat-Loving Criminals: an article by: GF Willmetts.

I blame Ernst Stavro Blofeld, although it wouldn’t surprise me if there was an earlier villainous mastermind with a yen for cuddling a fluffy white, often Persian, cat while plotting nefarious crimes. Even so, it becomes a trope that has been used in other films ever since. No doubt an acknowledgement and homage to Blofeld […]

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Mister 2 Per Cent: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

September 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Mister 2 Per Cent: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

I looked down at the fallen landscape that once upon a time I would have called my home planet Earth. What was a few centuries compared to an invitation to an alien world? I’d gone with open arms. Relativity is was it was. I’d aged only a few years but several centuries on Earth. I […]

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Alter Ego #160 September 2019 (magazine review).

September 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego #160 September 2019 (magazine review).

As promised by editor Roy Thomas a few months back, the latest issue of ‘Back Issue’ is dedicated to comicbook artist/creator Steve Ditko (1927-2018). We all know Ditko’s reputation as being elusive but even from Thomas’ editorial, he came over as being sensitive and responded to early American fanzines by supplying material from time to […]

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The Real World Of Victorian Steampunk by Simon Webb (book review).

August 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Real World Of Victorian Steampunk by Simon Webb (book review).

What author Simon Webb makes apparent in the introduction to his book, ‘The Real World Of Victorian Steampunk’ is that the Victorian period and steampunk are inextricably linked way beyond Science Fiction. Hardly surprising when you look at his title and the scientific advancement at that time. However, there are examples like ‘Pavane’ (1968) by […]

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