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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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Retro Fan #7 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

January 3, 2020 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #7 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘Retro Fan’ focuses on two significant things. The first is that it has moved up to bimonthly status. The other is a look at ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Back in the day, I was a bigger fan of ‘Cagney & Lacey’, but it was the success of the former, which producer Barney Rosenzweig […]

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Doom Patrol: The Silver Age: Volume One by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani (graphic novel review)

January 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doom Patrol: The Silver Age: Volume One by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani (graphic novel review)

Considering the extent of my second comicbook collection, I only have 10 issues of Doom Patrol in my collection. Hardly surprising back then as the earliest stories were in ‘My Greatest Adventure’ before the title change and neither started off at # 1. I hadn’t realised until now that although I missed their first appearance, […]

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Draw! #36 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

January 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
Draw! #36 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

The opening 40 pages of the latest issue of ‘Draw!’ is an interview between editor Mike Manley and comicbook artist Mike Hawthorne where they are literally talking shop, comparing notes on everything from pencil technique (Hawthorne uses 0.3mm HB autopencils which explains his fine lines), using Photoshop to darken lines, perspective, teaching to comicbook conventions […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 1: Spyfall – Part One by Chris Chibnall (TV review).

January 1, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 1: Spyfall – Part One by Chris Chibnall (TV review).

I doubt if anyone in the UK could have avoided seeing the ever-growing promo for the latest season of ‘Doctor Who’ in December. The most significant point being she wasn’t a doctor but ‘THE’ Doctor. Whether that means she has developed a forename will have to be wait to be seen in context over the […]

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EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest by Qiana Whitted (book review).

December 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest by Qiana Whitted (book review).

I think the cover of Qiana Whitted’s book, ‘EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest’, should tell you what the subject matter is. Although I’ve read only a few of the stories over the years, including the notable 1953 story, ‘Judgement Day’, I wasn’t even born when they first came out and expensive reprints have […]

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Alter Ego #162 January 2020 (magazine review).

December 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego #162 January 2020 (magazine review).

As Roy Thomas points out in the editorial of ‘Alter Ego’, with the US/China tariff dispute, all TwoMorrows magazines are down to 82 pages for the time being so some material is being distributed to later issues. Even so, there is a brief remembrance to their writer Bill Schelly, who died 12 September 2019.Will Murray’s […]

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Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

December 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

Looking at the book title, ‘Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy’, you would have to ask what exactly is ‘Fourth Wave Feminism’? Actually, it is called the Bechdel Test. From their definition it is having more than one female lead and they must talk between themselves about any subject but the men and […]

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Comic Book Creator #21 Fall 2019 (magazine review).

December 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Comic Book Creator #21 Fall 2019 (magazine review).

This issue of ‘Comic Book Creator’s editorial announces that ‘Mad Magazine’ ended in February 2018 after 67 years. As circulation has only been slight in the UK the past few decades, I was surprised the news went passed us. The ability to poke fun at society, no matter which country, is an acknowledgement of free […]

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Back Issue #117 December 2019 (magazine review).

December 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Back Issue #117 December 2019 (magazine review).

With a glorious picture of Beta Ray Bill on the cover of the latest ‘Back Issue’, is a look at stand-ins from an idea sent in by readers to the editor, Mike Eury. There’s been a lot of them in both the DC and Marvel Universes. Considering the injuries many of the leads take, you […]

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NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring (book review)

December 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring  (book review)

When I saw ‘NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement’ edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring, I was looking more at the title than the price. Generally, university books have expensive hardbacks and a cheaper softcover a year later. No doubt, as a university book, the universities are likely to buy their […]

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