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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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Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 8: The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson.

November 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 8: The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson.

With the latest episode of ‘Doctor Who’, this must be a record in recent series to have 3 stories set on historical Earth and this is the earliest yet with the Team TARDIS appearing in the 17th century. Also back in Lancashire, home territory for all of them except the Doctor, although she can speak […]

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Working-Class Comic Book Heroes edited by Marc DiPaolo (book review).

November 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Working-Class Comic Book Heroes edited by Marc DiPaolo (book review).

As editor Marc DiPaolo points out in his lengthy introduction to the book ‘Working-Class Comic Book Heroes’, this isn’t just about super-heroes but any working-class or ‘blue-collar’ characters in the comicbooks which raises some interesting choices as well as some odd absences. The rich and the blue-collar interact a lot as he points out. It’s […]

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Alter Ego #155 November 2018 (magazine review).

November 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego #155 November 2018 (magazine review).

I have to confess to not knowing much about comicbook artist and writer Norman Maurer (1926-1986) but with Richard Arndt’s interview with his widow, Joan, I learnt a lot. Joan, by the way is the daughter of Moe Howard and the connection to ‘The Three Stooges’ should slap you on the face considering Maurer drew […]

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Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 7: Kerblam! by Pete McTighe.

November 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 7: Kerblam! by Pete McTighe.

Is it me or do other people have no concept of time and space when it comes to contacting let alone delivering to the time-travelling Doctor? Be careful, you might be buying spoilers. The TARDIS gets some shaking up as it receives a delivery from the Kerblam warehouse. It’s a bit late and missed a […]

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Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files by Zack Handlen & Todd Vanderwerff (book review).

November 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files by Zack Handlen & Todd Vanderwerff (book review).

I have to confess some confusion with the title of Zack Handlen and Todd Vanderwerff book, ‘Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files’ as I thought it was about what creatures Mulder and Scully encountered every week when I first selected it. Just goes to show, it pays to pay attention […]

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The Dr. Phibes Companion by Justin Humphreys (book review).

November 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Dr. Phibes Companion by Justin Humphreys (book review).

Every time I looked through publisher BearManor Media’s catalogue, I spotted the title ‘The Dr. Phibes Companion’ by Justin Humphreys and asked about its availability and got told not yet. That is, until last month and a jump of glee. The two ‘Dr. Phibes’ films starring Vincent Price are black humour horror of a seriously […]

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How To Invent Everything by Ryan North (book review).

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
How To Invent Everything by Ryan North (book review).

The basis of Ryan North’s book, ‘How To Invent Everything’ is transporting yourself into the past by a time machine but alas breaks down and you’re stuck there. No matter which century, this book is not so much a survival guide but the means to make where you are a better place and removing the […]

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Stan Lee (1922-2018) a remembrance by: GF Willmetts.

November 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Stan Lee (1922-2018) a remembrance by: GF Willmetts.

It was inevitable that Stan Lee would pass on and the third of the original 1960s Marvel bullpen this year, the others being Steve Ditko and Marie Severin. Even so, there are some people whom you believe will go on forever and Stan Lee would certainly be seen as that, more so as he made […]

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Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count) : Episode 6: Demons Of The Punjab by Vinay Patel

November 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count) : Episode 6: Demons Of The Punjab by Vinay Patel

With the spotlight on Yaz this time, the Doctor takes her and her friends to 1947 India. It does make me wonder when it comes to Graham’s turn that we won’t be going for a bus ride. This is also the first episode without Chris Chibnall in the writers’ credits. From here there be spoilers […]

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London After Midnight by Thomas Mann (book review).

November 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
London After Midnight by Thomas Mann (book review).

For those who don’t know, the 1927 film ‘London After Midnight’ directed by Todd Browning isn’t available for viewing. The last copy in the MGM vault was lost in a fire in 1965, although you can google up photos from it, significant because they feature master of disguise, Lon Chaney. Thomas Mann, in his introduction […]

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