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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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Tolkiens biggest heroes as are the hobbits have the world conquered

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

It appears I have an essay in this promising looking collection.

Reissue News 2: Soddit

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

The other exciting reissue news is the original A.R.R.R.Roberts title, The Soddit, in this handsome new livery. In two sizes, no less! Two! Soddit and Sodditto.

Reissue News 1. Charles Dickens says

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

... 'buy this book!'. Not really, of course, he's dead. But were he alive today Dickens would surely say: 'wait ... what strange realm is this? How are these carriages drawn through the streets sans horse? What keeps those speeding silver craft in the sky?' and so on. He probably wouldn't say anything about I [...]

Chet for the win

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Yesterday's rather vulgarly pluggy post went against the grain, rather, if I'm honest. I'll be a touch more circumspect today in this, another post catching up on stuff of mine that has appeared over the summer. The first thing is to direct you to the site of the excellent Pandemonium press, run by good people, [...]

Saucy Jack, he’s a haughty one, saucy Jack, he’s a naughty one

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Buy from: amazon.co.uk; other retailers; kobo ebooks. So, how've you been? Yes, yes, it's been a while. I shall keep things more up to date around here from now on, I promise -- starting with this post about my latest novel Jack Glass. This is pure plug. Impure semi-plug and other posts to follow. Anyway, [...]

Forthcoming

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Ian Whates, that excellent man, has just sent this through; the cover-art for the forthcoming Solaris Rising 1.5, including a story from me. Runs, ahem, rings around most short-story-collections cover art.

Adam Robots

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

That thing Keats said about a thing of beauty? It applies here. This is the latest iteration of the cover for my forthcoming Collected Short Stories, which Gollancz are putting out next year. It is, in a nutshell, yet another blinder played by the genius people at Blacksheep. I'm very conscious how lucky I have [...]

Resurrection Engines

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Nice cover! Who's inside? "The anthology will feature sixteen brand new stories from some of the most exciting names writing in genre fiction today, and will be Steampunk ‘reimaginings’ or ‘retellings’ of classic works of literary fiction. Below is a list of the authors contributing to the book, along with their chosen literary work. "Resurrection [...]

Odd Strange Fantasy

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

You wait for ages for a book to come along containing a contribution from yourself, and then three come along all at once. First, the Gollancz Masterworks reissue of Stapledon's Odd John (1935) with a new introduction by Y.T.: Fishbowltastic cover, I think, though of limited relevance to the actual story. Then there's Keith Brooke's [...]

Jack Glass Cover

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I've known about this for a while, and now that's it's been officially announced (on the Victor Gollancz website) I can go public. This is the cover for Jack Glass; my favourite, I think, of all my covers. To quote Aishwarya (a real person with a twitter account; although also, confusingly, a character in Jack [...]

Ellison, and on, and on

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Through the frontdoor post-hole this morning: my copy of the Gollancz 'SF Masterworks' edition of this great classic of the genre, Edited By Harlan Ellison, by Dan G. Rous Visions. 600 pages of stories that changed science fiction: £9.99 on the back cover (£5.29 from amazon right now, I see), unmissable. This new edition incorporates [...]

Langer’s Science Fiction and Postcolonialism

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Here's something to take not of (erm, '... of which to take note') if you're interested in SF. The brilliant Jessica Langer's brilliant Science Fiction and Postcolonialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) is now available. Three things you should do. 1. Buy a copy. 2. Check out io9.com tomorrow (Tuesday, around 10 AM North American time), who [...]

Adam Robots

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Luke Yexley is a talented individual presently doing an A-Level in design. As part of his coursework, and in consultation with me, he has designed a cover for a collection of my short stories. And here's the result -- very nice, I think. I'd suggest you click-to-embiggen the above brother-of-simon Jay Pegg, and decide for [...]

Solaris Rising

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

After three previous volumes (two of which contained stories by me) Solaris is rising again, thanks to the metaphorical yeast of Ian Whates, that excellent individual. My contribution this time is a story called 'Shall I Tell You The Trouble With Time Travel?' In this story, I tell you, the reader, the trouble with time [...]

Jahr Jahr Binks

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Sascha Mamczak, Wolfgang Jeschke (eds) Das Science Fiction Jahr 2011 (Heyne 2011) -- Es kam in der Post. Es war groß, sehr groß und gefüllt mit SF - inklusive einem Interview mit "Adam Roberts" von Sascha Mamczak. Voon. Der. Bar. (Seriously -- 1312 pages! How do they do it? Amazing)

SFE3

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Very exciting: the long-awaited, much-expanded 3rd edition of the genre's standard reference work, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (edited John Clute, Peter Nicholls and David Langford) has at last gone live -- or at least, its Beta edition has (you can find out what the 'beta edition' is, here). I've made some miniscule contribution to [...]

Gollancz 50

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Here are 10 titles you have already read, or if you haven't you (a) ought to be ashamed, and (b) ought to read them at once. Gollancz have yellowed them up nicely, and put them on sale: check them out. One of them has an introduction by me! But I won't tell you which. Oh, [...]

Wasson and Alder (eds) Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010 (Liverpool 2011)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Dev Wasson-Gothic Science Fiction (2) Nice cover, what? This collection of ver interesting essays is now available, from Liverpool University Press. Its own extensive merits recommend it, without any need for my puffery; although I mention it here because I furnished a brief preface to the volume.

Karel Čapek Gollanč Masterwork

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

In today's post: extra-handsome SF Masterworks edition of two Karel Čapek titles ('R.U.R.' and 'War With The Newts') with an introduction by me. The intro covers various things, although doesn't have space for Čapek's famous collaboration with Jimi Hendrix, the concept album 'R.U.Rxperienced?', nor the 'special advisor' role Ken Livingstone played in the gestation of [...]

Term

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

That time of year again: a new academic term, which will (of course) soak up the lion's share of my time and energy until Christmas. I'll try not to go wholly silent here (or over here, either; here will keep on plodding its daily plod, regardless), but posting may de-frequentify. Still: news is -- I've [...]

Anticopernican

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Still available for e-download, at the ridiculously inflated price of £0.86p (or 99c), my dwarf novel Anticopernicus has been reviewed in a few places. For starters, Rich Puchalsky has turned his acute critical intelligence upon it [the review contains spoilers]: The whole point of SF being a literature of ideas is not that it's supposed [...]

By Light Reviewed

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I've been neglecting this website: apologies. I'll make things a little busier here, starting off with some reviews of By Light Alone. Here's Stuart Kelly, at the Scotsman: TWO years ago, Kim Stanley Robinson declared that Adam Roberts ought to have won that year's Man Booker Prize. Roberts, like writers as diverse as China Mieville, [...]

Lightalone

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Author copies arrived today. Looks even more beautiful when held in the hand than it does online. You can pre-order a copy, or wait until the 18th August when it hits the shops. Another thing occurs to me: I'm proud of this one.

Anticopernicus

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Adam Roberts, Anticopernicus (2011). £0.86p, or equivalent. Available for Kindle download on Amazon now. Update: also available for download in EPUB format from Wizard Tower books (same price). While you're there, you may want to check out their other many excellent books. A tentative dipping of one of my toes into the world of e-publishing, [...]

Nová Dobrodružství Julese Verna II

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Eh? Ah!

Herbert, Hellstrom’s Hive (1972)

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The latest handsomely-covered Gollancz Masterwork reissue (with an introduction by me) popped through the door. Interesting lesser-known Herbert, well worth checking out -- a snip at £6:39.

Justina Robson, Heliotrope (2011)

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

In the post today: the excellent Justina Robson's first collection of short fiction [published by the Australian press Ticonderoga; in the UK you can buy it from amazon]. I get a copy because I wrote the introduction (Justina in her acknowledgements is kind enough to call it 'insightful', and too kind to point out that [...]

Hyperion. And on. And on.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Through the letterbox today: lovely new VG Masterworks edition of Simmons' Hyperion, with an introduction by me. Trundle over to Punkadiddle for some thoughts on this title (and, if you're so minded, longer thoughts on the sequel volumes). Worth buying, if you're looking for a good read.

Sawyer & Wright (eds) Teaching Science Fiction (Palgrave 2011)

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Just in: this promising looking collection of essays by many luminaries of contemporary SF criticism: The importance of science fiction to undergraduate literary studies cannot be underestimated. Its capacity to challenge students' social, political and cultural perspectives makes it invaluable in highlighting the contingent nature of contemporary society and the potential for change. Teaching Science [...]

DIY Cover Design

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

I'm wondering about putting out an ebook edition of an as-yet unpublished book. Not sure about it, to be frank; but I am at least wondering. And following this piece of good advice from [namedrop] Paul McAuley [/namedrop] ('one bit of advice - covers. Even a 70p short story needs a good cover. If you [...]

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