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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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Finnegans Wake in Latin

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

I translated Finnegans Wake (yes, the whole thing: it wouldn't do to skimp on a project like this) into Latin. If you're interested you can buy a copy of the ebook for £1.54; and I blogged a little bit about the hows, whys and wheretofores over on my Morphosis blog. So there you have it.

My 2018

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

I published a couple of things in 2018, and here they are. First off: The Black Prince (Unbound). The author is never best placed accurately to judge his/her own work's merit of course. That goes without saying. But this still seems to me one of the two or three best things I've written. That doesn't […]

The Financial Times reviews “The Black Prince”

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

FT review? FT comment.

One, two, “Princes” here before you/That’s what I said

Monday, October 1st, 2018

They're in!

Final cover layout for “The Black Prince”

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

I'm absolutely delighted with this, which is a thing of beauty and a joy forever: gorgeous Jeffrey Alan Love art, generous blurb from Francis Spufford, Big Wilson and Little Ad. Click to embiggen!


Friday, June 8th, 2018

I was asked to contribute a 'minigraph' (which is what the cool kids of academic publishing call a 20-30k-word monograph) to CUP's new Cambridge Elements Series: “A new series of research-focused collections of minigraphs on aspects of Publishing and Book Culture.” So I did. You can find more about the Elements series here: This new […]


Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Yesterday evening I was one of the latest batch of Fellows elected to the Royal Society of Literature. We all gathered in a venue in Bloomsbury, with existing Fellows and friends and family, for the induction process. The Society's President, Marina Warner, made a speech, and one by one we went on stage and signed […]


Friday, June 1st, 2018

So it seems this is now all official and out-in-the-open. Dave Hutchinson, a writer I admire enormously (and I'm pleased to say, a friend) and I have been collaborating on a series of books for Rebellion. This is "The Aftermath" set a century or so after a massive meteor shower wrecked civilisation, as communities slowly […]

“By The Pricking of Her Thumb” Cover Re-Reveal!

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Here's Blacksheep's Thumb cover again, this time with one less typo! This is the one that will go out to the world.

“By The Pricking Of Her Thumb” Cover Reveal

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

The designers and artists at the mighty Blacksheep studio have, once again, done me proud. That's the cover to the sequel to Real-Town Murders: also set in future-Reading, another impossible murder for Alma to investigate, this time parsing Kubrick rather than Hitchcock. Now: I know I never write sequels, that I do something new each […]


Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The Portuguese translation of my History of Science Fiction (2nd ed 2016) is now out. I must say: I very much like that cover. Ficção Científica for the win!

New for Spring

Friday, May 4th, 2018

The big news for Spring is that the novel I wrote out of Anthony Burgess's Black Prince screenplay, working with his idea of doing the 14th-century in the style of Dos Passos, is going to be published. Over at Unbound enough pledges have been obtained to make the book a reality (in October, I think), […]

Burgess and the Black Prince

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

In today's Independent, a good article on Burgess and my unfinished Black Prince project. Please pledge, if you can!

Real-Town Murders: SFX review

Monday, August 21st, 2017

My new novel, The Real-Town Murders, is officially published this coming Thursday (24th August), but already there are some reviews of it in the world. Above is what Jonathan Wright, of UK genre's premier magazine SFX, thinks of it. It's a pretty positive review, although as you can see I am docked a star for […]

Anthony Burgess and Adam Roberts, “The Black Prince”

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

I have a favour to ask. So: Unbound are hoping to publish my collaboration with Anthony Burgess, The Black Prince. If you visit the Unbound page you'll discover more about the project: in a nutshell, I took Burgess's idea from the 1970s to write a historical novel about the Hundred Years War in the style […]

Real Town Murders

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Cover reveal: book comes out 24th August. It's part locked-room puzzle-whodunit, part SF/Hitchockian thriller, and part literary-pretentious meditation on location, gender, bodies and death. So, that's three parts; but you get all three for one low, low price!

New Short Fiction for May

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

A (free!) short story: 'In the Night of the Comet'.

Bethany (2016)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The most recent Interzone includes a full-page review of my short novel Bethany. Here's the final paragraph: I say a little about how I came to write Bethany at the end of this (be warned, quite long) blogpost on Endo's great novel Silence. It's the last three paragraphs, so you can scroll down to those […]

Russian Esquire list 10 Notable Translated Novels

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

... and guess what's number 10. Мне очень приятно!


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Well, it's been a pig of a year, I think we can all agree. But, look: this website is about what I write and what I publish, so let's focus-down our disappointment onto that for the time being, shall we? Which is to say, onto two things, sciencefictionally speaking. The first is non-fiction: the revised […]

My Cameo in “The Walking Dead”

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Thanks to Adam Whitehead for bringing this to my attention. It appears that I, sort-of, appeared briefly in the latest episode of the long-running TV series The Walking Dead. Cool!

Ejército Nuevo Modelo

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Ediciones Gigamesh are publishing a Spanish-language translation of my New Model Army, and here's the cover art. Creo que podemos estar de acuerdo, esto es lo más excelente trabajo. ¿No? It's being launched at Eurocon 2016 in Barcelona (4, 5 & 6 November) where I will also be. Come along and say hello, if you're […]

The Paperback Itself

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Last week saw the mass-market paperback publication of my latest, and, we can be honest, best, novel: The Thing Itself. This link will take you to the page where, I note, it's on sale from some vendors brand new for a mere £3.63. That's a little over 30p for each of the twelve sections […]


Monday, October 17th, 2016

Christos Callow and Anna McFarlane have edited this splendid collection of critical essays about my writing. It's a rather astonishing thing, in fact, to have so many insightful and eloquent critics turn their attention on what I do, and I'm almost exactly as abashed as I am honoured. You can buy a copy here.

Jurassic London: Brown Bread

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

That most excellent press 'Jurassic London' have decided to call it a day. They are issuing one last anthology (including a story by me, but a great many better stories by other, greatly better writers too) which they are calling The Extinction Event: 'our final anthology,' they say, 'a celebration of five great years, and […]

NewCon at Ten

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Something else that happened over the summer was the 10th anniversary of Ian Whates' excellent Newcon Press. To celebrate this auspicious event , Ian commissioned SF stories on the topic of 'ten', and the result is the volume whose handsome cover adorns the top of this post. I think you should buy it, and you […]

EUP’s Roberts’s Coleridge’s Shakespeare

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

One week to go until the release of this title: Coleridge: Lectures on Shakespeare (1811-1819) (Edinburgh University Press 2016), edited by, well, me. It's £85. Yes, I know, but I don't get to set the price. Still, even though it hasn't been published yet, it's already's 559,223th bestselling title. Say no more.

Darey Dawn’s artwork for the Russian Jack Glass: full image

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Beautiful isn't it? The artist, Дарья, posted this to deviant-art earlier today. You may need to click on it to enjoy its full glory.

Glassy Dshchek

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Russian cover. Nice!

Today’s the Day …

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

... my new novel, The Thing Itself, is released. You can buy it here, if you want to (here's a US equivalent of the same online bookseller). But maybe you're not sure if you do want to buy? I can't blame you for that. Perhaps a review would help? Here, published today, on publication day […]

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