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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 Little Book Of Captain America (book review).

December 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Little Book Of Captain America (book review).

With the success of the ‘Captain America’ films, it makes sense that there would be a ‘Little Book’ devoted to him. It also helps that Roy Thomas is an expert on the Golden Age that spawned him and we see samples of Cap’s life around the start of World War Two as Steve Rogers is […]

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The Music Of ITC (CD review).

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Music Of ITC (CD review).

‘The Music Of ITC’ has original recordings of the music from 16 ITC TV series from the 1960s-1970s. 18 actually if you recognise there was a different theme music for the hour long ‘Danger Man’ and the colour version of ‘The Saint’ series. Some of them, like ‘The Champions’ already reviewed his month, have their […]

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The British Superhero by Chris Murray (book review).

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
The British Superhero by Chris Murray (book review).

I have to confess to being a little confused when I started reading Chris Murray’s book, ‘The British Superhero’ when there is so much emphasis on American comicbook history. It isn’t as though comics were a new invention over here and even Murray says our settings hardly lent themselves to the skyscraper cities of the […]

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The Kitchen Art Studio (Learning To See book 5) by Peter Jenny (book review)

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Kitchen Art Studio (Learning To See book 5) by Peter Jenny  (book review)

I did have to wonder about the title of the fifth book in the ‘Learning To See’ books, ‘The Kitchen Art Studio’ as to what it was about. It’s not exactly about cooking but seeing the odd shapes of vegetables and other things in your kitchen as artistic shapes. Although I can cook, unlike Peter […]

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The Little Book Of The Fantastic Four (book review)

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Little Book Of The Fantastic Four   (book review)

As with all of these ‘Little Books’, this one covers the pictorial history of sorts with ‘The World’s Greatest Comic’, that being the ‘Fantastic Four’ that lived up to its hype. Interestingly, much of this book focuses on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s first 100 issues although there is little dwelling over the King leaving. […]

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The Stark Divide (Liminal Sky book 1) by J. Scot Coatsworth (book review)

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Stark Divide (Liminal Sky book 1) by J. Scot Coatsworth  (book review)

Earth is becoming inhabitable, so the future of humankind depends on generation-ships, that will take humans to a new planet, where they can start again with a new world. Generation ships are made with biological parts, with minds that combine biological parts with artificial intelligence, with which the humans interact. This story, ‘The Stark Divide’, […]

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Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon (book review)

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon  (book review)

The story of Michael Faraday is really a literal rags to riches story as he worked his way into the scientific community by endearing himself to Humphrey Davy with his meticulous handwriting and noting experiments at the latter’s public displays. Faraday was also a keen experimenter himself although not originally on such a vast scale […]

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Back Issue # 101 December 2017 (magazine review)

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Back Issue # 101 December 2017   (magazine review)

As the top header of Back Issue # 101 proclaims, this is their ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Issue’, although I suspect calling it ‘Back Issue Goes Pop’ would be closer to the mark. Essentially, this edition looks at all the pop connections to the world of comics that haven’t been covered in earlier issues. Those are […]

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Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review)

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker  (book review)

Being in my early teens in 1970 and the school swot on the space program, I was aware of the problems with the Apollo 13 expedition to the Moon and the problems they had. Hence when a film drama was made on the subject in 1995, I paid less attention other than a few clips […]

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Unlearning To Draw (Learning To See book 4) by Peter Jenny (book review)

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Unlearning To Draw (Learning To See book 4) by Peter Jenny  (book review)

‘Unlearning To Draw’ is probably the most advanced of these ‘Learning To See’ books but does have a fatal flaw for people like me. Peter Jenny thinks everyone has family photo albums that you can draw (sic) upon to use as your models. If you haven’t, can I suggest an alternative and you start collecting […]

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