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The Limbo Files by David Langford collects all his columns on the horrors of the freelance life, written (with occasional duty mentions of the Amstrad PCW word processors which were the magazines' focus) for 8000 Plus, PCW Plus and PCW Today from 1986 to 2002.
David Langford says: "I had a huge amount of fun producing these columns over many years. Because writing and freelancing and general whimsy were allowed, The Limbo Files isn't littered with the kind of esoteric technocrat material which has made me a bit reluctant to promote The Apricot Files to readers in general. Sean Wallace of Wildside Press evidently agreed -- I planned to self-publish this one but Sean grabbed it for the Cosmos Books imprint which carries so much of the Langford backlist. So buy this book and make an aging author happy...."
Martin McGrath, BSFA Focus, Summer 2009
... it isn't so much what Langford says in these columns that is most useful to the aspiring writer, but the way in which some of the columns will encourage authors to reflect on what they're writing and why.
These columns are also full of the warmth, charm and wit that anyone familiar with Langford's work in other areas (Ansible, SFX or his own fiction) will immediately recognise. And that makes Limbo Files, which might seem an esoteric, historical oddity of possible interest only to a narrow band of aging computer geeks, something more -- something that could offer insight to all writers.