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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 History Of Espionage: The Secret World Of Spycraft, Sabotage And Post-Truth Propaganda by Ernest Volkman (book review).

June 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
The History Of Espionage: The Secret World Of Spycraft, Sabotage And Post-Truth Propaganda by Ernest Volkman (book review).

Don’t start reading ‘The History Of Espionage: The Secret World Of Spycraft, Sabotage And Post-Truth Propaganda’ by Ernest Volkman as if it’s going to be a straightforward history of espionage looking at individual secret services. What Volkman has done is taken various strands of interest, like conflicts and wars, and see how it progresses through […]

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Black Panther (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

June 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Black Panther (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

Following on from ‘The Avengers: The Age Of Ultron’, T’Challa (actor Chadwick Boseman) returns home for the ritual to become King of Wakanda and the official inheritor of the Black Panther guise. His first chore, though, is to apprehend Ulysses Klaue (actor Andy Serkis) who has retrieved a piece of missing vibranium to power his […]

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NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

June 20, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

When I read Haynes’ Apollo 11 and 13 books earlier in the year, I did wonder why the other Apollo Moon flights hadn’t been covered. The arrival of David Baker’s book, ‘NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual’ is the remedy to that problem. Of course, it’s going to […]

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AlaAnnual Conference & Exhibition 20-25 June 2019 – Papercutz schedule

June 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
AlaAnnual Conference & Exhibition 20-25 June 2019  – Papercutz schedule

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again! ALA is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss all the great signings we’ve got planned at our booth at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC! First things first, you’ll be able to find us at Booth 3535, right on the […]

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Retro Fan #5 Summer 2019 (magazine review).

June 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #5 Summer 2019 (magazine review).

As the cover of the fifth issue of ‘Retro Fan’ shows, they have an extensive interview with actor Mark Hamill. Interviewer Glenn Greenberg was interviewing Hamill along with animator Dave Filoni and production designer Doug Chiang and much of what Hamill said was cut to fit in the time slot. So nothing was lost, Greenberg […]

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The History Of Cults: From Satanic Sects To The Manson Family by Robert Schroëder (book review).

June 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
The History Of Cults: From Satanic Sects To The Manson Family by Robert Schroëder (book review).

If you thought cults were a new trend, you will be surprised by this book, ‘The History Of Cults: From Satanic Sects To The Manson Family’ by Robert Schroëder. The sub-title is a bit of a misnomer as it extends up to this century. It seems mankind has always been persuaded by things they think […]

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Kingdom Come by Elliott S. Maggin (book review).

June 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Kingdom Come by Elliott S. Maggin (book review).

I bought the novelisation ‘Kingdom Come’ by Elliott S. Maggin based on the graphic novel by writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross’ back in 2004 and its been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. Reviewing books does that and I’m slowly working through my own backlog bought books from time to time. I read […]

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DefCon 4 (1985) (film review).

June 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
DefCon 4 (1985) (film review).

For those who don’t know, ‘DefCon 4’ is, apart from the name of this film and the name for a reaction in the event of a world-war nuclear war. Although written as ‘Def-Con 4’, the title in the film has no hyphen, so I shall refer to it as that. The Nemesis Mission is a […]

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Escape Room (2019) (horror film review).

June 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Escape Room (2019) (horror film review).

When I read the write-up for this film ‘Escape Room’, it felt a bit like ‘Cube’. The major difference is the six strangers win tickets to this competition and the winner will get $10.000…providing they get out. Always read the small print. You’ve also got to be good at solving puzzles under pressure of death. […]

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Illustrators #26 (magazine review).

June 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Illustrators #26 (magazine review).

As I’m often said in the past, I look forward to every edition of ‘Illustrators’ and there is no exception with the 26th issue with a mixture of period art and cartoon illustrating. Even enough contrast to keep everyone happy. The opening artist is John Millar-Watt (1895-1975) who could turn his hand to any medium. […]

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