Langford Book Reviews


The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook (1984)
The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook (1988)
Daniel Abraham
• (with Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin), Hunter's Run (2007)
Douglas Adams
The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts ed. Geoffrey Perkins (1985)
Brian Aldiss
Helliconia Spring (1982)
The Twinkling of an Eye (1998)
Roger McBride Allen
Isaac Asimov's Utopia (1996)
Kevin J. Anderson
• (with Brian Herbert) Hellhole
• (with Brian Herbert) Paul of Dune (2008)
• (with Brian Herbert) Sandworms of Dune (2007)
Michael Andre-Driussi
Lexicon Urthus (1994)
Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse (1985)
Kelley Armstrong
Bitten (2001)
Haunted (2005)
Sarah Ash
Moths to a Flame (1995)
Neal Asher
Orbus (2009)
Mike Ashley
Starlight Man: The Extraordinary Life of Algernon Blackwood (2001)
Isaac Asimov
Banquets of the Black Widowers (1984)
Gold: the Final Science Fiction Collection (1995)
Life and Time (1980)
The Robots of Dawn (1983)
• ed. (with Martin H.Greenberg and Charles G.Waugh) Computer Crimes and Capers (1985)
Steve Aylett
Only an Alligator (2002)


Phil Baker
The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley (2010)
Iain M. Banks
Feersum Endjinn (1995)
Inversions (1998)
The Wasp Factory (1985)
James Barclay
Cry of the Newborn (2005)
Ravensoul (2009)
Clive Barker
Abarat II: Days of Magic, Nights of War (2004)
Everville (1995)
John Barnes
Kaleidoscope Century (1995)
Stephen Baxter
Ring (1996)
Time (1999)
The Time Ships (1995)
Vacuum Diagrams (1997)
• (with Arthur C. Clarke) Firstborn (2008)
• (with Arthur C. Clarke) The Light of Other Days (2000)
• (with Arthur C. Clarke) Time Odyssey trilogy: Time's Eye (2004), Sunstorm (2005) and Firstborn (2008)
Greg Bear
Eternity (1988)
Hegira (1979)
/ (Slant) (1997)
/ (Slant) – short
Gregory Benford
Foundation's Fear (1997)
Foundation's Fear – short
Jessica Berens
Queen of the Witches (1995)
Alfred Bester
The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination (1987, 1993)
The Stars My Destination (2007)
Alexander Besher
Rim: A Novel of Virtual Reality (1995)
James Bibby
Shapestone (2001)
David Bischoff
Abduction: The UFO Conspiracy (1990)
James Blaylock
Lord Kelvin's Machine (1991)
Anthony Boucher
Detective fiction overview
Ben Bova
The Aftermath (2007)
Ernest Bramah
Kai Lung and Max Carrados series overview
Gene Brewer
K-PAX (1995)
Raymond Briggs
When the Wind Blows (1982)
David Brin
Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore and Heaven's Reach (1998)
Sundiver (1980)
Christine Brooke-Rose
Xorandor (1986)
Terry Brooks
Witches' Brew (1995)
John Brosnan
Have Demon, Will Travel (1996)
Eric Brown
Engineman (1994)
Algis Budrys
Rogue Moon (1960)
Lois McMaster Bujold
A Civil Campaign (2000)
Mirror Dance (1995)
Chris Bunch
Star Risk (2006)
"C.C. Burette"
Masters of Inworld (1985)
Andrew M. Butler
• ed. An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett (2007)
Octavia Butler
Parable of the Sower (1995)


James Branch Cabell
Overview (written 2004; 2007)
Ramsey Campbell
The Overnight (2004)
Orson Scott Card
Ender in Exile (2010)
Shadow of the Giant (2005)
John Dickson Carr
Dr Fell series overview
Jonathan Carroll
The Panic Hand (1996)
Voice of Our Shadow (2002)
The Wooden Sea (2001)
Suzy McKee Charnas
The Furies (1995)
C.J. Cherryh
Cyteen (1988)
Foreigner (1995)
Invader (1995)
G.K. Chesterton
The Ball and the Cross (1909)
Magic introduction (1987)
Ian Christie
The Franklin Saga (2005)
Arthur C. Clarke
1984: Spring (1984)
3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)
The Sentinel (1985)
• (with Stephen Baxter) Firstborn (2008)
• (with Stephen Baxter) The Light of Other Days (2000)
• (with Stephen Baxter) Time Odyssey trilogy: Time's Eye (2004), Sunstorm (2005) and Firstborn (2008)
Lindsay Clarke
Parzival and the Stone from Heaven (2003)
Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2004)
Hal Clement
Trio for Slide Rule and Typewriter (1999)
Mark Clifton and Frank Riley
They'd Rather Be Right (1982)
Nancy A. Collins
Paint It Black (1995)
Bent Corydon and L.Ron Hubbard Jr
L.Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (1988)
Criswell Predicts!


Ellen Datlow
• ed. Poe (2009)
Paul Davies
The Cosmic Blueprint (1989)
Michael de Larrabeiti
The Borrible Trilogy (2002)
A.K. Dewdney
Yes, We Have No Neutrons (1997)
Dougal Dixon
Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future (1990)
Stephen Donaldson
Fatal Revenant(2007)
The One Tree (1982)
The Runes of the Earth (2004)
Gardner Dozois
• (with Daniel Abraham and George R.R. Martin) Hunter's Run (2007)
Colin Duriez
A Field Guide to Narnia (2005)


Greg Egan
Diaspora (1997)
Permutation City (1995)

Steven Erikson
The Crippled God
Dust of Dreams (2009)
Toll the Hounds (2008)


Jennifer Fallon
Lion of Senet (2005)
Lionel Fanthorpe
"The Badger Game" – introductory overview (1995)
David Farland [Dave Wolverton]
The Runelords: The Sum of All Men (1998)
Mick Farren
The DNA Cowboys Trilogy (2002)
Christopher Fowler
Spanky (1995)
Steven J. Frank
The Uncertainty Principle (1998)


Neil Gaiman and Ed Kramer, ed.
The Sandman Book of Dreams (1996)
Martin Gardner
Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery (1995)
Patricia Geary
Strange Toys
Stephen Jay Gould
Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History (1996)
Ian Graham
Monument (2002)
Charles L. Grant
Legion (1979)
John Grant
• ed. (with Colin Wilson) The Book of Time (1980)
Nicola Griffith
Slow River (1995)


Barbara Hambly
Bride of the Rat God (1995)
Elizabeth Hand
Peter F. Hamilton
The Neutronium Alchemist (1997)
A Second Chance at Eden (1998)
Harry Harrison
West of Eden (1984)
M. John Harrison
Nova Swing (2006)
Robert A. Heinlein
"The Number of the Beast –" (1980)
Brian Herbert
• (with Kevin J Anderson) Hellhole
• (with Kevin J Anderson) Paul of Dune (2008)
• (with Kevin J Anderson) Sandworms of Dune (2007)
Frank Herbert
Chapter House Dune (1985)
• (with Max Barnard) The Home Computer Handbook(1982)
Robin Hobb
The Assassin's Apprentice (1995)
Assassin's Quest (1997)
Tom Holt
Barking (2007)
Blonde Bombshell (2010)
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages (2011)
Open Sesame (1997)
The Portable Door (2003)
Jonathan L. Howard
Johannes Cabal the Detective (2010)
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (2009)
Stephen Hunt
The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (2008)


Robert Irwin
The Arabian Nightmare (1983)


William Jackson
The Alternative Third World War 1985-2035 (1987)
K.W. Jeter
Morlock Night (1979)
Bob Johnson
Sound Bytes (2006)

Diana Wynne Jones
Deep Secret (1997)
Gwyneth Jones
North Wind (1995)
Jenny Jones
The Blue Manor (1995)
Fly By Night (1991)
Mark Jones
Black Lightning (1995)
Graham Joyce
Requiem (1995)


Colin Kapp
The Unorthodox Engineers (1979)
Guy Gavriel Kay
The Lions of Al-Rassan (1995)
Paul Kearney
Riding the Unicorn (1995)
Frank Key
Overview (1997)
Befuddled by Cormorants (2006)
Unspeakable Desolation Pouring Down from the Stars (2007)
Garry Kilworth
House of Tribes (1995)
Donald Kingsbury
Psychohistorical Crisis (2001)
Damon Knight
One Side Laughing (1991)


Tim LaHaye and Greg Dinallo
Babylon Rising (2004)
Robert Lambourne, Michael Shallis and Michael Shortland
Close Encounters? Science and Science Fiction (1990)
Tim Lebbon
The Island (2009)
Tanith Lee
Gold Unicorn (1995)
Ursula Le Guin
Changing Planes (2004)
The Wind's Twelve Quarters (1989)
A Wizard of Earthsea (2007)
Jonathan Lethem
Amnesia Moon (1995)
Anne Lewis
The Ship That Fell Like a Star (2003)
James Lovegrove
Provender Gleed (2005)
Richard A. Lupoff
Circumpolar! (1984)


R.A. MacAvoy
Damiano (1983)
Anne McCaffrey
The Skies of Pern (2001)
Anne McCaffrey & Jody Lynn Nye
The Ship Who Won (1995)
Ian McDonald
Brasyl (2007)
Cyberabad Days (2009)
Maureen F. McHugh
Half the Day is Night (1996)
Ian R. MacLeod
The Light Ages (2003)
Ken MacLeod
The Cassini Division (1998)
Learning the World (2005)
The Star Fraction (1995)
George R.R. Martin
• (with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham) Hunter's Run (2007)
Russell Miller
Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L.Ron Hubbard (1987)
K.E. Mills
The Accidental Sorcerer (2009)
Witches Incorporated (2009)
L.E. Modesitt Jr
The Ethos Effect (2005)
The Order War (1995)
Elizabeth Moon
Liar's Oath (2001)
Caiseal Mór
Carolan's Concerto (2002)
John Myers Myers
Overview (written 2004; 2007)


Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Burning Tower (2005)
Footfall (1985)
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle & Steven Barnes
The Dragons of Heorot (1995)


Kevin O'Donnell Jr
Mayflies (1980)


Ricardo Pinto
The Chosen (1998)
The Third God (2009)
Frederik Pohl
Midas World (1983)
O Pioneer! (1998)
Tim Powers
Earthquake Weather (1997)
Earthquake Weather – short
Terry Pratchett
Overview (2000, revised 2004)
Equal Rites (1987)
Soul Music (1995)
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen
The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002)
Darwin's Watch: The Science of Discworld III (2005)
Christopher Priest
Ersatz Wines (2008)
The Magic: The Story of a Film (2008)
"It" Came from Outer Space (2008)
The Prestige (1996)
Real-Time World (1974, reissued 2008)
Real-Time World + 2 (2009)
David Prill
The Unnatural (1995)


Robert Rankin
Knees Up Mother Earth (2004)
Necrophenia (2009)
Alastair Reynolds
Absolution Gap (2003)
Mack Reynolds
Lagrange Five (1979)
Adam Roberts
Splinter (2007)
Frank M. Robinson
Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2000)
Kim Stanley Robinson
Sixty Days and Counting (2007)
Justina Robson
Natural History (2003)
Michael Scott Rohan
The Lord of Middle Air (1995)
Castle of the Winds (1999)
Rudy Rucker
White Light (1981)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Fey: Sacrifice (1995)
Sins of the Blood (1995)
Eric Frank Russell
Sinister Barrier and Dreadful Sanctuary (1996)


Robert J. Sawyer
The Terminal Experiment (1995)
James H. Schmitz
The Witches of Karres (1966)
Darrell Schweitzer
The Mask of the Sorcerer (1995)
Writing and Selling Science Fiction (1982)
Charles Sheffield
Proteus Unbound (1989)
Robert Silverberg
Edge of Light (1998)
Hot Sky at Midnight (1995)
Starborne (1996)
Steven Sivell
Cloud Cuckoo Land (2007)
Martin Sketchley
The Affinity Trap (2004)
The Destiny Mask (2005)
The Liberty Gun (2007)
John Sladek
Alien Accounts (1982)
Mark Slouka
War of the Worlds
Thorne Smith
Overview (written 2004; 2007)
S.P. Somtow
Vanitas (1995)
Small Press Roundup Features
April 2001: Conway, Glyde, Finch, Kane, Noon, Pinn x 2
Spring (March/April) 2002: Durien, Lindley, Nauman, Theaker
April 2002: Amies, Butler, Lucas, Moss, Pinn, Sutton (ed)
Brian Stableford
Architects of Emortality (1999)
Chimera's Cradle (1997)
Serpent's Blood (1995)
Allen Steele
Coyote (2005)
Coyote Frontier (2006)
Coyote Rising (2005)
Rex Stout
Nero Wolfe series overview
Tricia Sullivan
Sound Mind (2007)
Michael Swanwick
The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1993)


Michael Talbot
Mysticism and the New Physics (1981)
John G. Taylor
Black Holes (1980)
Sherri S. Tepper
The Margarets(2008)
Shadow's End (1995)
Jim Theis
"The Eye of Argon" overview (2010) with Sandra Bond
J.R.R. Tolkien
Roverandom (1997)
[Tolkien] Brian Sibley illus. John Howe
There and Back Again: The Map of the Hobbit (1995)
Harry Turtledove
A World of Difference (1998)
A World of Difference (short SFX version)
Worldwar: Tilting the Balance (1995)


Jack Vance
Night Lamp (1996)
Vernor Vinge
The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge(2008)
Rainbows End (2007)
Kurt Vonnegut
Galápagos (1987)


Howard Waldrop
Night of the Cooters: More Neat Stuff (1991)
Ian Watson
The Book of the River (1984)
The Coming of Vertumnus (1995)
Deathhunter (1981)
Peter Watts
Starfish (1999)
Robert Weinberg
A Calculated Magic (1995)
Margaret Weis & Don Perrin
Hung Out (1997)
Angus Wells
Exile's Children (1996)
Bernard Werber
Empire of the Ants (1995)

D. West
Fanzines in Theory and in Practice (1983 prior to 1984 publication)
Dennis Wheatley
The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley by Phil Baker (2010)
John Whitbourn
To Build Jerusalem (1995)
James White
Sector General series overview
Charles M. Wynn and Arthur W. Wiggins
Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction (2001)
Conrad Williams
London Revenant (2004)
Liz Williams
Nine Layers of Sky (2004)
Tad Williams
Caliban's Hour (1995)
Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (1996)
Colin Wilson
• ed. (with John Grant) The Book of Time (1980)
F. Paul Wilson
Wheels Within Wheels (1980)
Gene Wolfe
The Book of the Long Sun (1993-1996)
Caldé of the Long Sun (1995) – short
Free Live Free (1984)
In Green's Jungles (2000)
On Blue's Waters (1999)
John C. Wright
Null-A Continuum (2008)


David Zindell
War in Heaven (1998); plus non-review musings
The Wild (1995)
Gary Zukav
The Dancing Wu Li Masters (1980)

I need not say that, having entirely failed to learn how to draw or paint, I tossed off easily enough some criticisms of the weaker points of Rubens or the misdirected talents of Tintoretto. I had discovered the easiest of all professions; which I have pursued ever since.
G.K. Chesterton