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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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The Metal Men Archives: Volume 1 (graphic novel review).

June 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Metal Men Archives: Volume 1 (graphic novel review).

I’ve been meaning to lay my hands on ‘The Metal Men Archives’ for some time, more so as I only bought 9 issues of its early run and then followed more of it when it was revived and followed the same numbering. It felt like the right time to read the early 1962-63 material with […]

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You Talkin’ To Me?: How To Write Great Dialogue by Linda Seger & John Rainey (book review).

June 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
You Talkin’ To Me?: How To Write Great Dialogue by Linda Seger & John Rainey (book review).

As the title of Linda Seger and John Rainey, ‘You Talkin’ To Me?: How To Write Great Dialogue’ should acknowledge is all about film dialogue. Seger is a script consultant and Rainey is a scriptwriter and how the two jobs work in the movie industry. Apart from being a university teacher on the subject, Seger’s […]

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Retro Fan #9 June 2020 (magazine review).

June 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #9 June 2020 (magazine review).

The cover of the latest ‘Retro Fan’ shows the late-1970s Captain America as played by actor Reb Brown in two TV movies. I think the most surprising thing with his interview with Mike Eury here was seeing the raise in fee Marvel wanted per episode compared to ‘The Incredible Hulk’ TV show that made it […]

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Seven Days: The Complete Series (DVD boxset review).

June 13, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
Seven Days: The Complete Series (DVD boxset review).

It’s hard to believe that these three seasons of ‘Seven Days’ were from 1998-2001, let alone that it took so long for a DVD boxset to be released and then stupidly only region 1 and the long river website unable to deliver it abroad. It took a few years and a bit of luck to […]

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Back Issue #120 June 2020 (magazine review).

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Back Issue #120 June 2020 (magazine review).

As you can tell from the cover of the latest issue of ‘Back Issue’, it is dominated by the Legion Of Super-Heroes. The initial article focuses on Lar Gand aka Mon-el aka Valor and the problems caused for the Daxamite when John Byrne rebooted Superman’s past and had no Superboy and he was part of […]

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Bolland Strips! by Brian Bolland (graphic novel review).

June 10, 2020 | By | Reply More
Bolland Strips! by Brian Bolland (graphic novel review).

While tracking down ‘The Art Of Brian Bolland’, I came across ‘Bolland Strips!’ I did wonder if the celebrated artist had taken up streaking or posing for art class wryly before realising the book contains some comicstrip material that I probably hadn’t seen before, reinforced by reading the other book. For starters, the three strips […]

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Alter Ego #164 May 2020 (magazine review).

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Alter Ego #164 May 2020 (magazine review).

As the cover of the latest ‘Alter Ego’, shows, the first third of this book is devoted to comicbook writer Mike Friedrich. One of several junior fans that turned writer at DC Comics following on from Jim Shooter, although I doubt they realised his age at the time neither. Friedrich explains how writing comicbooks for […]

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BFI Film Classics: Rosemary’s Baby by Michael Newton (book review).

June 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
BFI Film Classics: Rosemary’s Baby by Michael Newton (book review).

Nothing makes for a film to get fast tracked than being based off a successful book. In this case, Ira Levin’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’. Interestingly, it was director William Castle who got the film rights but took up producer status so Roman Polanski could direct it. Interestingly, both Levin and Polanski are agnostic and the latter […]

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The World Of TwoMorrows: Celebrating 25 Years Of The Future Of Fandom edited by John Morrow and Jon B. Cooke (book review).

June 4, 2020 | By | Reply More
The World Of TwoMorrows: Celebrating 25 Years Of The Future Of Fandom edited by John Morrow and Jon B. Cooke (book review).

Now here’s a weird twist. ‘The World Of TwoMorrows: Celebrating 25 Years Of The Future Of Fandom’ is a retrospective of a company looking at itself and its publishing history. The interviewers are being interviewed themselves and we also get some insight from the pros like Mark Evanier and Alex Ross. Between the two editors […]

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The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J. Sawyer (book review).

June 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J. Sawyer (book review).

Robert Sawyer is finally back writing. Yah! Oddly, his subject matter is Robert Oppenheimer and the build-up of his latest book, ‘The Oppenheimer Alternative’, uses Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project as his starting point before another catastrophe rears its head. The pivotal change is after the nuclear bombing of two Japanese cities and their […]

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