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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 Blob (1958) – The Criterium Collection (Blu-ray film review).

December 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Blob (1958) – The Criterium Collection (Blu-ray film review).

It’s been a while since I saw the 1958 film ‘The Blob’. It shows an odd age when there is a less than sinister ditty for an opening song from Burt Bacharach for such a dangerous adversary but then ‘The Blob’ was seen as a teen flick to be shown in drive-in cinemas than a […]

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SFCrowsnest Needs You.

December 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
SFCrowsnest Needs You.

For SFCrowsnest, late autumn is the more intense time for recruitment. We want people all the year around but this time of the year with the darker nights, you might well be wondering what to do with spare time reading. The two could meet. We supply the books. You review them and get more books. […]

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Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 9: It Takes You Away by Ed Hime.

December 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 9: It Takes You Away by Ed Hime.

Is this really the penultimate episode of the latest season? My, how time flies, even places, because this time they are in current day Norway. Don’t step on the spoilers and watch out for the carnivorous moths. The Team TARDIS investigate what appears to be an apparently deserted house in the middle of a Norwegian […]

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Editorial – December 2018 : Brave New World.

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Editorial – December 2018 :  Brave New World.

Hello everyone Trying to find some topic to end the year on in the editorial has been hard this time around. With the world falling apart, it has a feeling of being Nero playing his violin or whatever he was doing back then as Rome burns if I write something too light. Mind you, that […]

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The Ingenious Genius : a Realworlder story by: GF Willmetts

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The Ingenious Genius  :   a Realworlder story by: GF Willmetts

The company, FloatTek headquarters, was across the other side of the city. SIN had provided different GeneTag identity responses to the police check as they left the precinct where Cheena had killed nine assassins a few hours previously. January took them to a locker in the railtube and filled her rucksack with various items, including […]

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Quality Grades Science Fiction : an article by GF Willmetts.

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Quality Grades Science Fiction : an article by GF Willmetts.

There is often a question as to what makes Science Fiction Science Fiction. My criteria has always been a plot ending that wouldn’t work in any other genre. However, with the nature of the 17 SF sub-genres (https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/which-of-the-sf-sub-genres-is-safe-or-unsafe-and-why-an-examination-by-gf-willmetts-article/), you do have to wonder if there should be a gradient within these definitions, if only to […]

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Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery edited by Paul Barnett (book review).

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Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery edited by Paul Barnett (book review).

Back when the publisher Paper Tiger was operational, editor Paul Barnett was asked to run their newsletter which became ‘The Paper Snarl’. As he explains in the introduction, he didn’t want it to be a purely promotional piece and spent time interviewing the various artists Paper Tiger were printing books of. This ‘Paper Tiger Fantasy […]

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Sam Goudsmit And The Hunt For Hitler’s Atom Bomb by Martijn Van Calmthout (book review).

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Sam Goudsmit And The Hunt For Hitler’s Atom Bomb by Martijn Van Calmthout (book review).

In some respects, Martijn Van Calmthout’s book, ‘Sam Goudsmit And The Hunt For Hitler’s Atom Bomb’ is taking the focus what this book is really about. Sam Goudmit (1902-1978) was renowned for his work in quantum mechanics and, along with George Eugene Uhlenbeck in 1925, the discovery of the spin in sub-atomic particles. As a […]

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Space Precinct: The Complete Series (1994) (DVD TV series review).

December 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Space Precinct: The Complete Series (1994) (DVD TV series review).

Considering how Network is working their way through the Gerry Anderson series, it was an interesting surprise to see ‘Space Precinct’ appear. I have to confess that I haven’t see it since its original release back in 1994, so was curious to see how it holds up compared to the CGI series of today. Oddly, […]

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The Comic Hero’s Journey by Steve Kaplan (book review).

December 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Comic Hero’s Journey by Steve Kaplan (book review).

When I first saw the cover of Steve Kaplan’s book, ‘The Comic Hero’s Journey’, the first impression was it had to do with comicbooks and the moustache and glasses was the disguise. Nope! It’s actually about writing comedy characters although Kaplan admits to being a comicbook fan. Maybe it would make sense in later editions […]

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