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Adam Roberts is the author of a growing number of science fiction novels, short stories, essays and other writings. This site contains not just his blog, but everything you could ever want to know about everything Adam has ever published. And more...

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My Six Best Books of 2014 …

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

... in a more-literal sense than is usually implied by these sorts of headlines. 1. Bête, a novel: it's the best of me. £6.49 on Kindle; still some hardcover copies left in stock (pricier, but makes a better gift. Look at that cover art! I mean, obviously I can't claim any credit for the cover [...]

The first review of Bête is in.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

It's always a slightly nerve-wracking time, immediately before and immediately after a novel comes out. Reviews are posted. And must be read. Inevitably, every time you read a new review your heart glollops a bit with fear (after all: maybe this one will be the one that utterly cremates your writing and crushes your butterfly-fluttering [...]

Finished copies of Bête now in …

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I'm extremely excited by this ... you can tell, by the ellipses ... these are the ellipses of an excited author ...

Sibilant Fricative

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Newcon Press are publishing this collection of SF/Fantasy related essays and reviews, with a preface by BSFA Award-winning critic Paul Kincaid, in August (I believe the launch is at Loncon): Newcon supremo Ian Whates facebooked the above photo to show that actual copies are now in existence. Exciting stuff! I set up the like-named Sibilant [...]

Bête Bound Proof

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

... in my grubby hand. Looks nice!

Cover Reveal: US Edition of Twenty Trillion

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

I'm not a big fan of the idiom 'cover reveal', actually. It's the 'reveal' part, like I'm a stage performer whisking a white sheet off something as the audience oos and aas. Still that is the idiom, and I'll run with it. So. [takes breath] ... St Martin's Press in New York New York will [...]

Twenty Trillion Variants

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Courtesy of the estimable Mahendra Singh, two could-have-been never-were alternate timeline variant covers for Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea. Cool, no? In related news, check out this excellent Ron Miller essay on Mahendra's superb artistry from i09.

Noir

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Edited by Ian Whates. Available now. Classy stuff, you know.

The Brick Moon/Another Brick in the Moon

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Lovely cover, there, from Gary Northfield. The book itself is coming soon: Jurassic London is delighted to announce The Brick Moon, a new edition of the classic tale from Edward Everett Hale. Hale’s prophetic novel, first published in 1869, is the first to imagine the launch of an artificial satellite – making it the perfect [...]

Jack-din-Sticlă

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The Trei website has just posted this rather handsome cover-art snap of their upcoming (or, wait: is it out now?) brand new Romanian translation of Jack Glass. Exciting! And the blurb! "Într-un viitor, în care deplasările prin sistemul solar sunt controlate de o oligarhie nemiloasă, Jack-din-Sticlă este căutat pentru activităţi teroriste. Jack crede că supravieţuirea [...]

Bête

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Black Sheep are, what can I say? Artist-designers of genius, that's what they are. Here's Bête: Simon, my editor, talks a little bit about how he commissioned this gorgeous cover on the Gollancz blog today. He also notes that the novel itself includes a talking cat. It's true. However felinophobic I may, myself, be, I [...]

Sibilant Fricative: Cover Reveal

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Courtesy of the estimable Ian Whates, here is the cover for my upcoming collection of Essays and Reviews, soon to be published by Newcon Press (also check out the like-named blog). GASP AT MY BEAUTY, O WORLD! GASP, I SAY!

Mummy, He’s Making Eyes At Me

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Pornokitsch have posted the TOC and pre-order details for the newest Jurassic London anthology, The Book of the Dead. And it's (if you'll pardon the phrase) A Monster: Table of Contents Introduction: "Some Words from an Egyptologist" by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society) "Ramesses on the Frontier" by Paul Cornell "Escape from the Mummy's [...]

Proofs!

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Exciting! Coming out 16 Jan 2014! Also with oodles of intrinsic Mahendra Singh goodness:

Riddleses of the Hobbitses

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

It seems the proofs of this book (due out December this year) have arrived in the Palgrave office; though they have yet to make their way out to me. Exciting!

Dozois 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Gardner Dozois's 30th collection of the Best SF of the year is out. It contains a story by me, but (to quote Paul McAuley, who has two stories in the volume), 'don't let that put you off.' I might as well go on quoting Paul, actually: Gardner says: 'Every year is special, because every year [...]

Adam Robots Reader

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Wait, that cover splash is not right. That's better. Well, my collection of short fiction was published. It has been variously reviewed, and I have been unsystematic about gathering notices together. But here is one I saw today, by Niall Harrison, that tall man, on the Strange Horizons blog: Thesis: Adam Roberts is distinctive among [...]

The Lowest Heaven

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

That book to which the Robots version of Adam contributed a story? It's The Lowest Heaven, edited by Jared 'The Man' Shurin and Anne 'The Woman' Perry; it'll be launched June 13th and the Royal Observatory are taking pre-orders now. Oh, it's a good collection. It's a very very good collection. Anne Perry's middle name [...]

Bilim Kurgu Tarihi

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Turkish publisher Bilim ve Gelecek Kitapligi (Google translate leads me to believe the name means: 'the Library of Science and the Future') of Istanbul have just acquired the translation rights to my Palgrave History of Science Fiction. Hurrah!

Publishers Weekly choose Jack Glass as one of their ‘Books of Summer 2013′

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Which is nice of them. In an interview with PW, Roberts says that he set out to write a new kind of whodunit, where the murderer’s name is revealed on page one yet is still a surprise to the reader at the end. He succeeds admirably with this three-part SF mystery, which just won the [...]

Mechanised Me

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

From the latest SFX.

SpecFic 2012

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Speculative Fiction was released last Thursday (25 April); You can find it in the US for $11.99 and in the UK for £8.99. In addition to my piece on Ayn Rand, it has a wealth of brilliant articles and critical readings. Proceeds from all sales go to Room to Read. So -- c'mon! What's keeping [...]

Strahan (ed), Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 7

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

My contributor copy of this handsome volume, edited by Jonathan Strahan, came through the post today. Some excellent stories therein, but also my own 'What Did Tessimond Tell You?' Actually I'm pretty proud of this tale: formally traditional, but with some (I think) nice touches. It first appeared in Ian Whates' Solaris 1.2. If it [...]

… and you’re back in the room.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

There's no graceful way to apologise for falling internet-silent for a long time, so I'll hurry past that, mumbling and looking at the floor. Instead let's concentrate on: NEWS! 1. I won my first ever award! Jack Glass won the BSFA Best Novel award, which thrilled me more than I can easily say. The shortlist [...]

Robots!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Buy yours today! (Also available in superrobotic kindle format*). [*'superrobotic' kindle is exactly the same as regular kindle. Value of short stories may go down as well as up. £6.99 in ebook format. Pirates will incur my displeasure.]

Scrooge – Ein Zombie-Weihnachtsmärchen

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Sie können kaufen Sie dieses Buch für alle deutschsprachigen Freunde. Ja.

20 Trillion Leagues Under the Sea: Cover

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Amazon have this down for release October 2013; don't know if that's right -- but I do know that (a) the cover is a beauty, m'hearties, and that (b) the book, when it emerges, will be adorned by a plethora of absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Mahendra Singh. Not the cricketer, no. The artist! Really -- [...]

NMA: Movie News

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I'm delighted that MUSE films have optioned New Model Army. It is, I think, one of my two best novels, one of the things I'm proudest of writing, and although I know full well that only a tiny fraction of books optioned by film production companies ever actually make it to the Big Screen, nonetheless [...]

Overheard

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Appearing in an anthology of short stories alongside Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi and many others? Really? Why, it appears to be true. And is it for sale? Yes: buy direct from the publishers at that last link, or from amazon here.

Resurrection Engines

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Snowbooks say this was published on the 1st Nov, but a little bird tells me the issue date has been moved to the 1st December. Soon, though! Also, the 'sixteen' tales you can see on the other end of that publisher's site link has been distilled down to a more focussed fifteen, as you can [...]

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