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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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Jane: A Pin-Up At War by Andy Saunders (book review).

February 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Jane: A Pin-Up At War by Andy Saunders (book review).

Back in my early teens, I read a library edition of ‘The Penguin Book Of Comics’ and was the first time I came across the Daily Mirror newspaper strip, ‘Jane’, where it was pointed out that the day she lost all her clothes was the day the allies moved 6 miles in the D-Day landing. […]

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The Orville: The Complete First And Second Seasons boxset (DVD TV series review).

February 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Orville: The Complete First And Second Seasons boxset (DVD TV series review).

I have been curious about ‘The Orville’ as to being comedy Science Fiction, although it was pretty much a known of how close it was to ‘Star Trek’ when I first started watching it. From the first season’s 12 episodes, it was pretty obvious that it was supposed to be a dysfunctional bridge and engineering […]

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12 Monkeys: Season Four (DVD TV series review).

February 28, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
12 Monkeys: Season Four (DVD TV series review).

With the fourth season of ‘12 Monkeys’, you accept that that this will be drawing all the strings together but I didn’t except the revelation in the third episode, ‘45RPM’, which is obviously spoiler, as indeed so much is in a time travel series. Of course, it had to be obvious to some extent. They […]

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Batman: Arkham Asylum: 25th Anniversary Edition by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean (graphic novel review).

February 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Batman: Arkham Asylum: 25th Anniversary Edition by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean (graphic novel review).

Thinking it was long overdue that I read ‘Arkham Asylum’, I picked up this graphic novel 25th anniversary edition and read it before I reviewed ‘Welcome To Arkham Asylum’ and again after, bearing in mind their insights as it was their key reference. Don’t expect a traditional comicbook story. Artist Dave McKean clearly paints from […]

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Welcome To Arkham Asylum edited by Sharon Packer, M.D. and Daniel R. Fredrick (book review).

February 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Welcome To Arkham Asylum edited by Sharon Packer, M.D. and Daniel R. Fredrick (book review).

For modern Batman fans, Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum would appear to have been there forever but was actually created in October, 1974 in Batman # 258 by writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Irv Novick and was a hospital not an asylum as recounted by editor Sharon Packer. Logistically, you would think it would have wondered […]

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Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) (Blu-ray film review).

February 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) (Blu-ray film review).

Of course, I’ve heard of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’, but this has been the first opportunity I’ve had to watch it. More so, as I can’t recall it being on TV before. A bit of a delay in getting a blu-ray player that can go multi-region (as easy as 1, 2 3 with LG) and finally being able […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 9: Ascension Of The Cybermen by Chris Chibnall.

February 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 9: Ascension Of The Cybermen by Chris Chibnall.

Be warned, with three story strands spread throughout the story much if not all is SPOILER and I’m looking at them as sub-plots than jumping from one to the other. As the first of a two-parter, there’s no resolution and I’m minimising guesswork. I’m calling the last humans ‘humans’ as much of the time that’s […]

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Back Issue #18 October 2005 (magazine review).

February 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Back Issue #18 October 2005 (magazine review).

With Green Lantern as drawn by Neal Adams on the cover and the proclamation that Back Issue # 18 is the ‘Big Green Issue’, it’s hardly surprising what the topic is. Surprisingly, the opening interview with Peter David is about the Hulk, although considering he regained his intelligence by going grey, might have been an […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 8: The Haunting Of Villa Diodati by Maxine Alderton.

February 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 8: The Haunting Of Villa Diodati by Maxine Alderton.

As revealed in the end of last week’s episode, the Doctor and friends are going to gatecrash the Byron/Shelley party in June 1816 at Villa Diodati, Lake Geneva where Mary Shelley wrote ‘The Modern Prometheus’. Will it be re-written or will they contribute to the plot? Tales Of The Dead is Lord Byron’s contribution to […]

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How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

February 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

When I started Stanislas Dehaene’s book, ‘How We Learn’, with its sub-title adding the detail, ‘The New Science Of Education And The Brain’, I didn’t expect the opening chapter to focus on Artificial Intelligence. More so, as in the introduction, there was a lot more focusing on what made humans different to other members of […]

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