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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I'm wondering about putting out an ebook edition of an as-yet unpublished book.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 […]

By Light Alone

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The copyedited MS of By Light Alone has arrived. I'm going through it now. I think I shall change the ending a little bit. Just a little.

Jeter’s Morlock Night (1979)

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Isn't that a lovely piece of cover design? You can, as the Germans put it, 'embiggenklick' that image to make it larger. What's more, Angry Robot Books have done a similarly impressive job on another Jeter re-release, Infernal Devices (see for yourself). I'm mentioning this particular piece of SF Classic Reissuance not just for the […]

Reading ‘Graphs, Maps and Trees’

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Through the letterbox comes this handsomely produced volume: Reading Graphs, Maps and Trees: Critical Responses to Franco Moretti, edited by Jonathan Goodwin and John Holbo [Parlor Press 2009]. Go to the site, there, to download the book under a Creative Commons licence, or buy it for the cheap-cheap price of $18. It is, as it […]


Monday, February 14th, 2011

So here are “Projekt Stalin” and “Opowieść Zombilijna”, two of my novels rendered into the ancient and beautiful language of Poland and published there by the excellently-named publisher, Zysk i S-ka. I can't judge the skill of the translation, lacking Polish; but I can report that these are lovely examples of book-production, inside as well […]

By Light Alone

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

I'm pleased as a peacock (are peacocks pleased, proverbially speaking? Have I got the wrong end of the tailfeather?) to have finished my next novel, By Light Alone. It's presently with my editor: July 2011, it seems, is the most likely release date. In the meantime, I look about this old place and think to […]

Tattooed Dragon, out now!

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

In all good bookshops. There's also a map.


Friday, November 19th, 2010

A copy of Allen Ashely's top-drawer collection Catastrophia popped through the door today. As a contributor (my story is called 'Noose') I got the fancy-pantsy traycased polyautographed hardback edition -- you can see what it looks like over on Ian Sales blog. But you can get your own edition, a full £30 cheaper than that, […]

Opowieść Zombilijna

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

More Polish splendour. But wait: they haven't translated my name!

Projekt Stalin

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Jest to bardzo ekscytujące. The publishers of my soon-to-appear Polish translation of Yellow Blue Tibia, the to-be-called 'Project Stalin' by the to-be-called 'Adama Robertsa', have put together the above promotional You Tube fillum. Is it cool? It is very cool.


Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

As you can see, this is the Chinese language edition of my Palgrave History of Science Fiction. Nice to see it being disseminated into such a large and important realm, and the 400 pages of ideograms look beautiful, if incomprehensible, to me. If I'm honest, I am pleased that this book, with its (original, I […]

The Food of the Gods

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Arrived in the post yesterday: the lovely Gollancz SF Masterworks ed of this Wellsian minor masterpiece. It's a lovely cover, even if I'm not entirely sure how it relates to the gigantic subject matter of the novel. (Sings: 'gigantic, gigantic, gigantic'....)

By Light Alone

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This is the (I say: gorgeous) cover art of my next novel, the soliluminescently-titled, By Light Alone, out next year. I look at it and I think: this may be the most lovely of all my covers.


Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

My contributor copy of Gardner Dozois' prestigious Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection arrived through the door yesterday. It contains my story 'Hair', but very much else besides, and you ought to buy a copy. Oughtn't, you, now.

La Gradisil Franaise

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Gorgeous new Folio SF edition of Gradisil, as translated into French by the estimable Elisabeth Vonaburg. 800 pages long, too!

Pandora SF und Fantasy 04

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Dropped through my letter-box yesterday: a contributors copy of the latest Pandora. It includes an article by me on Philip K Dick called 'Der obszohne Klecks auf Ihrem Engramm". The content's page follows that article title with 'von Adam Roberts', which presumably means I've joined the German artistocracy. Excellent! Cool John Howe cover, though, what? […]

Keith Brooke, The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

My contributor copies for this title arrived from Ian Whates' Newcon Press last week (I wrote the short introduction). It's an excellent novel too; certainly one of the very best things this talented author has yet done. If you know what's good for you, you'll want to buy a copy, although the title's amazon page […]

New Model Army signing

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I'll be signing copies of New Model Army at Waterstones in High Wycombe, on Saturday the 15th May from 11am. Unaccountably, High Wycombe somehow escaped the depredations of my NMA in the novel itself, although nearby Maidenhead gets hammered. Perhaps the good citizens of High Wycombe wish to thank me for sparing their borough ...? […]

New Model Army

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

In the post this morning: the first two of my author copies of New Model Army (available from all good internet bookshops and so on and so forth). Very handsome volume; good cover, nice type, sits lovely in the hand. I opened it at random on p.128 and found a typo in the first line, […]

Yellow Blue Tibia in the 2009 BSC Book Tournament

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 email me to tell me that Yellow Blue Tibia is one of 64 books selected to be voted on in their book tournament for the best new genre release of the year 2009. You can see the details of the tournament here. 'We invite you,' they say, 'to encourage your fans to come vote […]

A thousand schools of thought contend

Monday, March 1st, 2010

This site has been lacking hard news of late; a state of affairs which is about to change. But before it does, a few more boat-trips around the island called The Contemporary Reputation of Yellow Blue Tibia. On the one hand, it's been voted (I'm very pleased) one of sfsite's top 10 titles of the […]


Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Gardner Dozois has selected my story 'Hair' for The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection (due out July 2010). I'm chuffed. 'Hair' originally appeared in Geoff Ryman's superlative When It Changed anthology of original fiction. Why don't you buy a copy?

Black Static on Scrooge

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Black Static is a fine magazine. Here's what Peter Tennant says about I Am Scrooge in the latest ed: For his latest trick, respected critic and SF author Adam Roberts has great fun producing a pastiche of Dickens's seasonal classic, A Christmas Carol, and the horror afficionado and more general reader will find much to […]


Friday, November 6th, 2009

Nice to chance upon this. Seven is a magic number, after all.

Scrooge screviews

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

What am I up to? Well, since you ask (and so politely, too) I'm going through another revision of New Model Army, this one occasioned by the characteristically insightful, incisive comments of my editor, Simon Spanton. A good editor is is more precious than jewels and his value is far above rubies or pearls: and […]

New Model Army cover art

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This just in. Very cool, in an (appropriately, as it happens) stylish, neo-Mod quasi-fascistic sense.

Dickensian Zombies stagger into shops

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I Am Scrooge is now available for purchase in shops that sell books. Buy a copy, or I'll eat your brains. I will do it, personally.

Booker Prize 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Or, rather, nothing to do with the Booker prize 2009. Kim Stanley Robinson has edited a New Scientist science fiction special, which starts with a Robinsonian editorial: British science fiction is now in a golden age. I say this as a happy fan and an awed colleague: the range, depth, intensity, wit and beauty of […]

Routledge 50 Key Figures Out Now

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Spotted in the wild: Mark Bould, Andrew M Butler, Sheryl Vint and my Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction (Routledge Key Guides, 2009). Hurrah! 14.99 in paperback, but, well, clearly more valuable than that. How much more valuable? My esteemed co-editor Andrew M. spotted this (since rescinded, I think): Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction […]

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