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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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Making Movie Magic by John Richardson (book review).

March 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Making Movie Magic by John Richardson (book review).

The sub-title of John Richardson’s book, ‘Making Movie Magic’, is ‘A Lifetime Creating Special Effects For James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman & More’. Quite why ‘Aliens’, more so as it won an Oscar for special effects, wasn’t included on the cover but then you’d be adding a lot more films and there simply isn’t enough […]

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Doctor Who: Mara Tales Boxset (TV series DVD review).

March 21, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Mara Tales Boxset (TV series DVD review).

Oddly, for once, I can understand having these two stories in a boxset, although they are in different seasons, because they are connected although considering producer John Nathan-Turrner was keen on continuity between stories, you can’t spot the distance between them. Doctor Who: Kinda by Christopher Bailey cast: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah […]

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Supercar by Barry Gray (CD review).

March 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
Supercar by Barry Gray (CD review).

I never really expected to see the music of ‘Supercar’ to appear on CD. Considering this is early Barry Gray, it gives an opportunity to see how he applied various musical themes to the two seasons. It’s so easy to take for granted what is there than hear it in isolation from any TV series. […]

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The Magicians by Marcus Chown (book review).

March 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Magicians by Marcus Chown (book review).

I do wonder if author Marcus Chown’s book ‘The Magicians’ is a good title, although the sub-title, ‘Great Minds And The Central Miracle Of Science’ should point out that it’s not about magic. Over the ten chapters, Chown goes over the discoveries various scientists have made about the reality we live in, mostly in quantum […]

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Retro Fan #8 April 2020 (magazine review).

March 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #8 April 2020 (magazine review).

There are always some surprises with ‘Retro Fan’, especially those that don’t cross the Atlantic. I don’t think the 1960s family band ‘The Cowsills’ ever had any of their songs in the UK charts. I did have a listen to one of their songs on UTube and there are obvious harmonics that wasn’t unpleasant. Rob […]

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Alter Ego #163 March 2020 (magazine review).

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Alter Ego #163 March 2020 (magazine review).

TwoMorrows has a habit of showing its covers long before issue release. The cover of Alter Ego # 163 was quickly recognized by me as originally on the 1975 cover of Foom # 10, although not in full colour like this but in two shades. As an illustration, it is still a powerful piece and […]

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How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor On A Troubled Planet edited by Sarah Besky and Alex Blanchette (book review).

March 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor On A Troubled Planet edited by Sarah Besky and Alex Blanchette (book review).

Even I take a second look at just what a title such as ‘How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor On A Troubled Planet’ means. Subjectively, it is employers using as few workers as they can and/or not paying them enough. In many respects, it also means that there is little in trained expertise in the welfare […]

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Modern Masters Volume Eighteen: John Romita, Jr. by George Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

March 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Modern Masters Volume Eighteen: John Romita, Jr. by George Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

John Romita, Jr. has very big shoes to follow as his dad, John Romita, was already a famous artist at Marvel Comics and didn’t really want him to go into the industry because of the long hours and low pay at the time. There was also a little matter of nepotism as his mother, Virginia, […]

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Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko (book review).

March 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko (book review).

The sub-title of Karen A. Romanko’s book, ‘Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television’, is ‘An Encyclopedia Of 400 Characters And 200 Shows’. Any geek-minded person would have to ask how can she be so precise a number or does it make better copy for the cover? She gets around that by having an ‘Honorable […]

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Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 10: The Timeless Children by Chris Chibnall.

March 1, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 10: The Timeless Children by Chris Chibnall.

Onboard the trooper carrier, Graham gets them all to disguise themselves under cyber-armour to get out of their spaceship. The Master invites the Cybermen to the ruins of Gallifrey having imprisoned the Doctor in the Matrix. As you all know, the Matrix is the depository of Time Lord knowledge where she is shown the first-ever […]

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