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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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Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

January 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

Author David Baker points out in his introduction to his book, ‘Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual’, that it does not make moral or political issues related to nuclear weapons. In fact, all countries who have them get some coverage in this book so there is no bias other than when information is not available. The opening […]

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Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein (book review).

January 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein (book review).

When I realised that Nancy Goldstein’s book ‘Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist’ was in Eurospan’s catalogue, a request brought the book to my doorstep. This is a good reminder that if you’re after first hand books from any of the University presses and live in the UK, make Eurospan your first port […]

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Firestarters by Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder (book review).

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Firestarters by Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder (book review).

I thought when I first saw the title of Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder’s book ‘Firestarters’ that it might have something to do with arsonists. However, the other text on the cover, ‘How Innovators, Instigators And Initators Can Inspire You To Ignite Your Own Life’ tells otherwise. In my language, what they […]

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Aces High (A Wild Cards Novel book 2) edited by George RR Martin (book review).

January 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Aces High (A Wild Cards Novel book 2) edited by George RR Martin (book review).

Time for another ‘Wild Card’. The ‘Aces High’ of the title is a high class restaurant in Jokertown where the Aces and Nats go to eat. What this mosaic of eleven stories focuses on is a Masonic conspiracy. Fortunato gets wind of it when three of his geisha prostitutes gets murdered in 1979 and attempts […]

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Alter Ego # 150 January 2018 (magazine review).

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego # 150 January 2018 (magazine review).

150 issues of ‘Alter Ego’ would need to cover another milestone and as you can see from its cover, the 95th year of Stan Lee. Editor Roy Thomas’ introduction says that there is little difference between the public and private faces of Stan Lee, who comes over as very open and honest. To start, there […]

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Myth-Busting Your Body: The Scientific Facts Behind The Headlines by Dr. Sarah Schenker (book review).

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Myth-Busting Your Body: The Scientific Facts Behind The Headlines by Dr. Sarah Schenker (book review).

Sometimes with non-fiction, I find it easier to start a book not knowing what I am going to discover or when it becomes pertinent. A lot of this is selecting by name and cover far more than content hype as, after all, this is what you might be selecting books by as well. It gives […]

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Cold War Operations Manual 1946 to 1991 by Pat Ware (book review).

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Cold War Operations Manual 1946 to 1991 by Pat Ware (book review).

Understanding how the Cold War developed between the USA and the USSR in the aftermath of World War Two is important to what we have today. Pat Ware’s book, ‘Cold War Operations Manual 1946 to 1991’ looks honestly across the board. If you thought that only America was developing nuclear bombs, there is no fiction […]

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Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars (2017) (Blu-ray film review).

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars (2017) (Blu-ray film review).

I haven’t seen the three films that followed the original ‘Starship Troopers’ (1997), although you don’t need them to follow this adventure. The directors of ‘Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars’ in the extras do explain that they wanted this film more closer to Heinlein’s original 1959 book and have the marauder power-suits do thing that […]

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In An Emergency, Don’t Break Windows 10 by GF Willmetts.

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In An Emergency, Don’t Break Windows 10 by GF Willmetts.

You should read and hardcopy this piece for emergencies. Last night, Windows 10 decided unannounced to do an update, even when it was in sleep mode. Unfortunately, once past the restart and password, all I got was a black screen. Well, that and a ‘Personalised Settings’ announcing that it wasn’t working. Ctr/Alt/Delete revealed the Taskmaster […]

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The Read & Write Stuff: Reviewer Recruitment Drive by Geoff Willmetts

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Read & Write Stuff: Reviewer Recruitment Drive  by Geoff Willmetts

I’m beginning to think that reviewers are a rare breed. It’s either that or they’re getting increasingly harder to recruit. Are so few of you reading books out there? For those of you who do read, you have must have an opinion whether you’ve liked a book or not. You might even have told your […]

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