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Over the years from 1976 into the new century, David Langford interviewed a number of sf and fantasy authors for various publications. The results, some of them acclaimed and even reprinted, are now at last gathered in this slim volume along with a new and mercifully brief introduction.
Full disclosure: the cover artwork is lifted without permission from that invaluable reference work on phrenology, L.A. Vaught's Practical Character Reader (1902). I knew it would come in useful one day. The back cover shows even more ears from the same source.
Lulu.com book description: Fifteen interviews in which David Langford questions science fiction and fantasy notables: Stephen Baxter, John Clute and John Grant, John Clute solo, George Hay, Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett with Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart, Terry Pratchett solo (twice), Christopher Priest, Alastair Reynolds, John Sladek, Bob Shaw, Kevin Smith and Ian Watson. CROSSTALK collects all these conversations for the first time in book form.
- Publication Date: June 2015
- Publisher: Ansible Editions
- Format: Trade paperback
- ISBN: 978-1-326-29982-8
- Page Count: 111
- Price: $12.00
- Availability: Lulu.com
Reviews and Comments
Steve Davidson, Amazing Stories, 13 July 2015
Crosstalk is a very comfortable read and offers a window into the lives and process of some of the most recognizable names in the industry. The span of years covered makes this collection a bit of an historical exercise as well, particularly with the Pratchett and Priest pieces (not to mention Bob Shaw). The book is well worth its investment, even if youre only interested in one of the authors covered. Youll read that interview and Davids style will draw you in, after which youll want to read the rest.
Crosstalk is highly recommended, even if you dont have an abiding interest in fan history.