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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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Grumman F-14 Tomcat: All Models 1970-2006 Owners’ Workshop Manual by Tony Holmes (book review).

June 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Grumman F-14 Tomcat: All Models 1970-2006 Owners’ Workshop Manual by Tony Holmes (book review).

Although reference is given to the film ‘Top Gun’ to the US Navy’s jet, the F-14 Tomcat, it isn’t a film I’ve seen that got me interested in the aircraft. Instead it was watching the 1980 SF film, ‘The Final Countdown’ which struck me with their use on the USS Nimitz as the aircraft carrier […]

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Editorial – June 2018: Make a wish.

June 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Editorial – June 2018: Make a wish.

Hello everyone I don’t usually use my own material for the basis of an editorial but some of the dilemmas from my latest story, ‘The Aladdin Box’, did make me think it would be worth considering here. What if you came across Aladdin’s lamp and you had two wishes, you’ll have to read to see […]

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Bursting The Bubble: an article by: GF Willmetts.

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Bursting The Bubble: an article by: GF Willmetts.

Reading Wednesday that the first weekend returns of the ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ hasn’t had the success of its recent Disney franchise ‘Star Wars’ run did make me think how long before the critics will start yammering that the bubble has burst for all expensive SF films. Hopefully, they might just stay within the […]

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The Aladdin Box: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

June 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Aladdin Box: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

Farday Lumo held in her glee. It had taken a long search and many caves, levering the slab out of the way and she now had found the legendary Aladdin Box. It wasn’t actually a box, at least on Earth. It looked more like an oil lamp, like the one from the Aladdin story, hence […]

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Year 2018! by James Blish (book review).

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Year 2018! by James Blish (book review).

I was doing some tidying up recently and came across this book in my trays before my review books became a way of life. With a name like ‘Year 2018!’ and we are living in 2018, it seems suitably apt to read this book by James Blish this year. I should point out that book […]

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Flesh & Blood (film short).

May 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Flesh & Blood (film short).

When an apocalyptic virus threatens to turn her father into a violent monster, 18 year-old Max must lead her family through perilous mountains in search of a cure. With Max willing to risk it all to save her father, the small family finds itself not only struggling for survival against incredible odds, but also being […]

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Sci-Fi: Days Of Fear And Wonder (book review).

May 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Sci-Fi: Days Of Fear And Wonder (book review).

The initial flick test I do on any illustrated books had me spotting some film stills I hadn’t seen before. Always a good sign when picking up a book. The ones that I initially spotted included a full page photo from ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ as Neary is being groped by the aliens […]

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Alfred Hitchcock El La Musique (CD review).

May 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Alfred Hitchcock El La Musique (CD review).

The one thing you can say about the musical scores of Alfred Hitchcock films is that if you’re familiar with the movies then you will immediately recognise the music as they play on this double CD. With ‘Alfred Hitchcock El La Musique’, you have the musical suites from 16 films with 5 extra tracks from […]

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Draw #26 Fall 2013 (magazine review).

May 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Draw #26 Fall 2013 (magazine review).

As you can tell, as I dip back 5 years, from the 26th cover of ‘Draw!’, the opening interview is with Joe Jusko, cover artist for many a comicbook cover and poster. He reveals, early in his career, he experimented with various mediums before settling on LiquidTex acrylics because it dries fast. I tend to […]

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Tau Zero by Poul Anderson (SF Masterworks) (book review).

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Tau Zero by Poul Anderson (SF Masterworks) (book review).

Coming across a reference to Poul Anderson’s book, ‘Tau Zero’, recently, I realised it was one of the few significant SF books of the Golden Age that I hadn’t actually read. I think, at the time, I hadn’t realised what the term ‘tau zero’ actually meant. Now I do. Basically, the closer your velocity reaches […]

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