Own the Langford Oeuvre

dkodDavid Langford’s collection Different Kinds of Darkness, now available in ebook form, gathers his “straight” sf, fantasy and horror short fiction. Taking its name from the title of Langford’s 2001 Hugo-winning short story, the book contains all the material from the previous 2004 edition plus six added items.

The stories range from his first Langford professional appearance in 1975 through 2010, amounting to approximately 126,000 words. Buy the ebook here.

Langford’s parodies and pastiches are found in the companion volume He Do the Time Police in Different Voices.

The table of contents for Different Kinds of Darkness follows the jump.



Gadgets and Glitches [sf]

  • “Heatwave”: New Writings in SF 27 ed. Kenneth Bulmer, 1975
  • “Accretion”: Andromeda 2 ed. Peter Weston, 1977
  • “Connections”: Andromeda 3 ed. Peter Weston, 1978
  • “Training”: The Future at War I: Thor’s Hammer ed. Reginald Bretnor, 1979
  • “The Final Days”: Destinies 3:1, April 1981
  • “Answering Machine”: Practical Computing, February 1982, as “Friendly Reflections”
  • “Hearing Aid”: Practical Computing, October 1982
  • “Wetware”: What Micro?, November 1984
  • “Cube Root”: Interzone 11, Spring 1985
  • “Notes for a Newer Testament”: Afterwar ed. Janet Morris, 1985
  • “In a Land of Sand and Ruin and Gold”: Other Edens ed. Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock, 1987
  • “Ellipses”: More Tales from the Forbidden Planet ed. Roz Kaveney, 1990
  • “A Surprisingly Common Omission”: Drabble II: Double Century ed. Rob Meades and David B.Wake, 1990
  • “Leaks”: Temps ed. Neil Gaiman and Alex Stewart, 1991
  • “A Snapshot Album”: Interzone 43, January 1991
  • “Waiting for the Iron Age”: Tales of the Wandering Jew ed. Brian Stableford, 1991
  • “Blossoms that Coil and Decay”: Interzone 57, March 1992
  • “A Game of Consequences”: Starlight 2 ed. Patrick Nielsen Hayden, 1998
  • “Logrolling Ephesus”: The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases ed. Jeff VanderMeer and Mark Roberts, 2003

The Questing Beast [fantasy]

  • “Too Good to Be”: Imagine 3, June 1983
  • “In the Place of Power”: Beyond Lands of Never ed. Maxim Jakubowski, 1984
  • “The Arts of the Enemy”: Villains! ed. Mary Gentle and Roz Kaveney, 1992
  • “As Strange a Maze as E’er Men Trod”: Shakespearean Detectives ed. Mike Ashley, 1998

Irrational Numbers [horror]

  • “Cold Spell”: 13th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories ed. Mary Danby, 1980
  • “3.47 AM”: The Gruesome Book ed. Ramsey Campbell, 1983
  • “The Facts in the Case of Micky Valdon”: Dark Fantasies ed. Chris Morgan, 1989
  • “The Motivation”: Arrows of Eros ed. Alex Stewart, 1989
  • “Encounter of Another Kind”: Interzone 54, December 1991
  • “The Lions in the Desert”: The Weerde II: The Book of the Ancients ed. Neil Gaiman and Roz Kaveney, April 1993
  • “Deepnet”: Irrational Numbers by David Langford, 1994, and Shadows over Innsmouth ed. Stephen Jones, 1994
  • “Serpent Eggs”: Irrational Numbers by David Langford, 1994; revised for The Third Alternative 14, 1997
  • “Blood and Silence”: 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories ed. Stefan Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg and Martin H.Greenberg, 1995

Basilisks [the BLIT stories]

  • “Blit”: Interzone 25, September/October 1988
  • “What Happened at Cambridge IV”: Digital Dreams ed. David V.Barrett, 1990
  • “comp.basilisk FAQ”: Nature, 2 December 1999
  • “Different Kinds of Darkness”: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 2000

The added items not included in the 2004 book are:

  • “Transcends All Wit” from Pictures at an Exhibition edited by Ian Watson, 1981
  • “New Hope for the Dead” from Nature, 26 May 2005
  • “Warez” from Nature Physics, June 2007
  • “The Cold Truth” from Nature Physics, April 2008
  • “Gigatech” from Nature, 4 September 2008
  • “Graffiti in the Library of Babel” from Is Anybody Out There? edited by Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern, 2010