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Different Kinds of Darkness (2000 original; edició 2004)

de David Langford

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A major fiction collection from multiple Hugo Award winner David Langford, Different Kinds of Darkness complements his parody assortment He Do the Time Police in Different Voices. Besides the acclaimed, Hugo-winning title piece and its influential prequels, the 36 stories include the British SF Association Award winner "Cube Root", and eight "Year's Best" and "Best Of" anthology choices. SF, fantasy, horror, and unclassifiable Langford weirdness ranging from 1975 to 2003.… (més)
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Títol:Different Kinds of Darkness
Autors:David Langford
Informació:Cosmos Books (PA) (2004), Paperback
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Different Kinds of Darkness de David Langford (2000)

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1 vota rabidgummibear | Nov 28, 2018 |
This is the fairly definitive collection of all of Dave Langford's serious short fiction up to 2004. It covers science fiction, fantasy and horror - though the horror is a particularly British type where the horrors are all of our own making. I was particularly struck by a 1994 story 'Serpent Eggs', wherein a UFO investigator follows up a story which takes him to a hippie commune on a remote Scottish island, and gets his comeuppance through his own lack of scientific knowledge. The writing in this story felt particularly dreich, as the Scots say, and the scene setting was particularly effective.

There are four outright fantasy stories in the collection; some have commented that they felt them to be so-so (although Dave Langford's 'so-so' would be the highest quality of many other writers in the genre), but I was well engaged with each of them, perhaps because I read very little heroic fantasy.

The best in the book is left to last; four of Dave's stories of 'basilisks', fractal images specifically designed to short-circuit the brains of anyone who looks at them. The last, from which the collection takes its name, shows the life-changing effects of taking any new thing to its ultimate conclusion, and is as good a piece of 'out-there' thinking as you could wish for. It won the Hugo Award for best short story in 2001. ( )
2 vota RobertDay | Jan 14, 2017 |
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This is a collection of all Langford's short fiction not collected elsewhere (and also some that is). About half of it consists of his sf stories, ranging from decent to excellent in quality, including the brilliant "A Game of Consequences". Though I was struck that several of them revolved around a nuclear war and post-Holoocaust Britain; I guess we have different nightmares now.

Rather to my surprise the quality of the four pure fantasy stories in the collection is markedly inferior; I found them all somewhat formulaic. Again, rather to my surprise, I enjoyed almost all of the nine horror stories that followed, a genre I don't normally think of myself as liking much.

But the crowning glory of the collection is the sequence of "BLIT" stories. Langford has taken the idea of the drawings that kill you when you look at them and riffed it four different ways - police procedural ("BLIT"), academic politics ("What Happened at Cambridge IV"), usenet document ("comp.basilisk FAQ") and schoolboy yarn ("Different Kinds of Darkness", which won a Hugo). The third of these actually gives a genealogy of the concept including Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud, J.B. Priestley's The Shapes of Sleep, Piers Anthony's Macroscope, William Gibson's Neuromancer, and Monty Python's sketch about the deadly effects of the World's Funniest Joke. I would add to these H.P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out Of Space" and the experiments of Policeman MacCruiskeen in Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman. ( )
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A major fiction collection from multiple Hugo Award winner David Langford, Different Kinds of Darkness complements his parody assortment He Do the Time Police in Different Voices. Besides the acclaimed, Hugo-winning title piece and its influential prequels, the 36 stories include the British SF Association Award winner "Cube Root", and eight "Year's Best" and "Best Of" anthology choices. SF, fantasy, horror, and unclassifiable Langford weirdness ranging from 1975 to 2003.

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