The Limbo Files, Volume 63, Issue 5

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Wildside Press LLC, Mar 30, 2009 - Computers - 188 pages
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In 1985, when all the world was young and dot-matrix printers stalked the primeval swamps of computing, David Langford won his Hugo Award and began a long-running column for 8000 Plus magazine (later PCW Plus). This notoriously became the page readers turned to first. The magazine was devoted to the Amstrad PCW, a bestselling home computer that pioneered affordable word processing in Britain. Langford's popular column used this official subject as a launch pad for witty coverage of life, the universe and everything. Freelancing writing and how to survive it; science fiction (especially that); secrets of editors, manuscripts, indexes, submission letters and padding; serious and spoof advice columns; parodies of Adventure games, legal proceedings, noir fiction and more; causes, scams and literary horror stories; timeless satire on shabby practice in the computer industry; awful "Thog's Masterclass" lines from SF . . . Langford shows all the wit and skill that brought him 28 Hugo Awards.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Why Software Isnt Cheap
22
Speaking in Tongues
35
Runes of Power
48
Public Accolades
61
The Long Goodbye
70
Post1989 Miscellany
84
Dictionary of Quotations
98
Laser Duel
112
Old Joyces Almanack
126
Golden Phrases
140
ThosehazyIdeas
142
Mysteries in the Mail
155
Thogs Masterclass
168
Didnt Write That
181
Copyright

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