1987D. Langford in White Dwarf Dec. 13/1
‘Dark fantasy’ is today’s posh word for ‘horror’; Barker’s considerable talents in this area lead to a few gobs of gratuitous nastiness, and also some terrific creations.
2002D. LangfordThe Last Robot Story in 3SF Dec. 13/2
The unknown terrorist cabal is trying to trade on humanity’s Frankenstein complex by throwing the blame on to robots—despite the incontrovertible fact, known to every schoolchild, that the First Law of Robotics will not permit a robot to harm a human being nor by inaction allow a human being to come to harm, while the Second Law…What’s wrong?
1993D. LangfordEditor my Destination in Quantum Spring–Summer 13/3
Worst of all, the crucial repetition of the ’Gully Foyle is my name‘ jingle near the end of the book is lost—jettisoned along with the disposable info-dump sentence that reminds us who the Scientific People are.
2005D. Langford in Ansible (#216) July
Meanwhile someone has decided that the award-nominated cover design, with its striking NASA/JPL Jupiter photograph, was not skiffy enough. Therefore, stars have been added. Stars which shine straight through that gas-giant planet and its moon. Really science-fictional stars.
1986D. LangfordCritical Mass: To Be Continued in White Dwarf Aug. 9
You may not believe in killer programs which invade the brain, but Neuromancer, if you once let it into your wetware, isn’t easily erased.