The Silence of the Langford

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A much expanded trade paperback version of Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man, a booklet produced to honor David Langford when he was Special Guest at Boskone 29. It collects the best of his fan writing; the expansion also includes a few short stories. Both versions were edited by Ben Yalow. Some items had previously been collected in Platen Stories.

The Silence of the Langford is still available from NESFA Press; a further expanded ebook edition was released by Langford's small press Ansible Editions in 2015 with a slightly modified cover (above right).

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Dragonhiker’s Guide to Battlefield Covenant at Dune’s Edge: Odyssey Two
  • Untrue Names
  • Contrivances
  • What Are They Doing in There?
  • This Does Not Compute
  • 100 Years Ago
  • Nebulous Statistics
  • Hack’s Quest
  • Misleading Cases
  • Another Useful Review
  • Trillion Year Sneer
  • Follies of ’88
  • Endless Loops
  • Some Informal Remarks toward the Punctuational Calculus
  • Fun with Senseless Violence
  • Best Foot Forward
  • Ansible Review of the Year
  • Somewhere near Penrhyndeudraeth
  • Hugos and Critical Mass
  • The Moving Accident
  • The Leaky Establishment: The Final Drips
  • Fizz! Buzz!

Slightly Foxed: The Million Columns

  • 1: Thud & Blunder
  • 2: Banned in New York
  • 3: Bound & Gagged
  • 4: The Worst Crime in the World
  • 5: Ancient Images
  • 6: The Reader is Warned
  • 7: On the Twilight Edge
  • 8: Gorey Stories
  • 9: The Rest of Chesterton
  • 10: Notes & Queries
  • 11: The Missing Bits
  • 12: Owl Stuffing Time
  • Me and Whitley and the Continuum
  • Tell Me the Old, Old Story
  • Foodies of the Gods
  • You Do It with Mirrors
  • The Great Con
  • The Arts of the Enemy [story]
  • Wisdom of the Ancients
  • Leaks [story]
  • If Looks Could Kill [story]

Lies, Damned Lies and Ansible

  • Obituary, 1979-1987
  • The Ansible Review of the Year: 1992
  • The Ansible Moose of the Year: 1994
  • Ansible Hyperlink
  • What the Black Holes Foretell
  • Our Lady of Pain
  • Highballs!
  • Inside Outside

Platen Stories: Extras [added in the ebook version]

  • The Book of War: Chapter 2080
  • One Hundred Years Ago
  • The Inverted Baked Alaska, and After
  • The Yellow Peril and other clerihews
  • A Load of Crystal Balls

Original Appearances
Back Cover Blurbs

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