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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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Illustrators Crime Comics Special (artbook review).

October 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Illustrators Crime Comics Special (artbook review).

Peter Richardson’s history of early crime comics shows a distinct difference between the UK and USA. Over here, they evolved from woodcuts based on real crime, especially with the examples of the Whitechapel murders. In the USA, it was more fictious from the start, which when you consider the number of famous gangsters they had […]

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Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and John Timms (graphic novel review).

October 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and John Timms (graphic novel review).

These latest adventures of Harley Quinn, taken from her own title, # 8-13 from 2016-17, has gotten ever more surreal. Would the old Harley go on holiday…sorry, vacation, let alone save Santa Claus in the last story in this second volume of ‘DC Universe Rebirth’? The real gist of these six stories comes from having […]

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Alter Ego #100: Centennial: March 2011 (magazine review).

October 26, 2020 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego #100: Centennial: March 2011 (magazine review).

The 100th issue of ‘Alter Ego’ back in 2011 really had a special squarebound treatment and 28 more pages and now you can buy it cheaper. Hardly surprising that its own editor, Roy Thomas, comes under an interview by Jim Amash over his time at DC Comics after leaving Marvel in the 1980s. It’s an […]

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The Immortal (1969-71) (DVD TV series review).

October 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Immortal (1969-71) (DVD TV series review).

I bought ‘6 Sci-Fi Series Collection’ as a cheap way to acquire ‘The Immortal’ (1969-71) but as I also like to watch disks this was the second. If you waited for me to watch all 6 series before doing a complete review, it’ll be a long wait. So what I’ve decided to do is report […]

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Black Mirror: The Complete Fourth Series (DVD SF TV series review).

October 21, 2020 | By | Reply More
Black Mirror: The Complete Fourth Series (DVD SF TV series review).

Be warned, the first episode is 75 minutes long although it’s pretty misleading when 125 minutes popped up on the screen and there is no division times between the two episodes per disk. ‘USS Callister’ seems to be a ‘Star Trek’ spin until it is revealed that its captain, Robert Daly (actor Jesse Plemons) is […]

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Fantastic Science-Fiction Art: 1926-1954 by Lester Del Rey (book review).

October 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
Fantastic Science-Fiction Art: 1926-1954 by Lester Del Rey (book review).

For those of you wanting to complete your SF cover art collection, Lester Del Rey’s 1975 book, ‘Fantastic Science-Fiction Art: 1926-1954’, is still out there and I was surprised how reasonably easy it was to get a mint copy. I say ‘reasonably’ simply because reviewing a copy here might reduce the number of copies available. […]

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Illustrators #30 (magazine review).

October 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
Illustrators #30 (magazine review).

Editor Diego Cordoba interviews This is about his early career where he got the nickname of ‘the Godfather Of Pulp Fiction’, although as he explains, he only got started in the 1950s and wasn’t actually active then. Looking at the work here, he was doing the pulp magazines, including working for Martin Goodman at ‘Magazine […]

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The Art Of Onward by Drew Taylor (book review).

October 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Onward by Drew Taylor (book review).

A peculiar trait of Chronicle Books’ Pixar ‘Art Of-’ books is you don’t really need to know much about the films to enjoy these books. Mostly because there are only hints about the plots and the emphasis is on the preliminary production art as it evolves into a film. Such is with ‘The Art Of […]

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The Art Of Statistics: Learning From Data by David Spiegelhalter (book review).

October 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Statistics: Learning From Data by David Spiegelhalter (book review).

Statistics are nothing unless you understand how sampling and analysis is done and can draw real conclusions from them. With so many statistics bandied about on the news for covid-90, being able to understand the figures and how they are composed is a handy tool to have in your toolbag. Statistics is essentially examining gathered […]

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Harley Quinn Volume 1: Hot In The City by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Stephanie Roux, Alex Sinclair and Paul Mounts (graphic novel review).

October 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
Harley Quinn Volume 1: Hot In The City by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Stephanie Roux, Alex Sinclair and Paul Mounts (graphic novel review).

I was curious to see how Harley Quinn was treated in ‘The New 52’ and pulled ‘Volume 1: Hot In The City’ from 2013 and the first 8 issues of her own title. Oddly, the opening story is Harley dreaming of the various artists and how they interpret her and has a massive list of […]

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