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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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Monday, September 1st, 2008

We Think Therefore We Are, ed. Pete Crowther (forthcoming Jan 2009). The proofs for my story in this collection arrived the other day. The story is called 'Adam Robots'. I always wanted to write a story called 'Adam Robots by Adam Roberts', and now I've been able to fulfil my dream. In other news, I've […]

Independent on Sunday on Swiftly

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I was going to title this post Independent on (Sunday, Swiftly), but decided that might be a little confusing. So, a good week at Arvon in Washington State Yorkshire (the students were, without exception, excellent people; and several of them are already exceptional writers), rounded off with a trip to York to see my sister […]

Dick and Jane

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Through the letterslot yesterday, my contributor's copy of Lavie Tidhar's slim but fine collection A Dick & Jane Primer for Adults, including my three-page story 'Dick Does Time' (one of my better ones, actually). Not for sale, the British Fantasy Society website says, which is a shame, because some of these stories--especially those by Liz […]

New Scientist riffs on Riffing on Strings

Friday, July 18th, 2008

The latest New Scientist [19 July 08] includes a summer-hols-oriented 'Books to Travel With' review-section, which rounds off with Amanda Gefter's full-page review of Riffing on Strings. Very positive too ("an eclectic, thought-provoking and entertaining collection of writing - perfect for toting along on travels in other dimensions"), including a mention for my story: When […]

Oz on Swiftly

Friday, July 11th, 2008

These just in from down. In from down under, I mean. What does the Melbourne Herald Sun think? Roberts's well thought out, if rather bizarre, tale of illicit love, war and plague, is a dystopian vision in the tradition of Swift. [Robin Moyle, 21/06/2008] Well, fair enough. Can't argue with that. And what about the […]

And the winner is …

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Yellow Blue Tibia. My best cover art yet, I think. I just love the overall design (the way it not only reproduces hammers-and-sickles, but mimics the curve of the sickle, the blockiness of the hammer) and I especially dig the little line of descending flying saucers. Hurrah!

Post-Weird Thoughts on Splinter

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

As Mark Newton notes, there's a fine and detailed analysis of Splinter over at Post-Weird Thoughts. Intricate and vivid ... very well written, Splinter is not only a page-turner, but it´s also a veritable meditation on how one can choose to cope with a situation (any situation) or simply remain apart, but never entirely aside […]

Riffing on Strings

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Back from Sweden (where a splendid time was enjoyed by all) to find my contributor copy of Sean Miller and Shveta Verma's collection Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (you can, and should, buy a copy from amazon, you know). There are essays here, stories, many poems (some of them ... I […]

New Splinter cover-art

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

That's the cover-art for the mass-market paperback edition of Splinter. Nice, what? I'm told they're going to turn the entire world for the finalised version, so that the comet will no longer be heading towards the middle east. That's right -- turn the whole world. Those people at Solaris can do anything.

Arch

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Well, who'd have thought the Guardian would review Ian Whates's bsfa collection Celebration? But they did, and this is what they said: As Whates states in his Afterword, "The British Science Fiction Association is all about the people who read, watch, talk about, dream about and are passionate about science fiction." And that passion shows […]

The Morning Star reviews Swiftly

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Do they like it? You can read Mat Coward's words yourself and judge: Set in the tumultuous year of 1848 SWIFTLY by Adam Roberts is an extraordinary novel, which shows us a world where Lemuel Gulliver famous account of his travels was fact, not fiction. Of course, that might be 'extraordinarily bad', not 'extraordinarily good'. […]

Guardian on Swiftly

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Eric Brown briefly on Swiftly: Roberts is king of the thought-experiment, and this novel begins with a grand conceit. It's 1848, and Britain and France are at war - aided respectively by the Lilliputians and the Brobdingnagians from Gulliver's Travels. Abraham Bates, opposed to his country's enslavement of the little people, has turned traitor. Seconded […]

Celebration

Friday, April 11th, 2008

In the post yesterday, my contributor's copy of Ian Whates's splendid bsfa anthology of original fiction, Celebration (My contribution is called 'The Man of the Strong Arm'): Nice cover, isn't it? I'm halfway through the stories and there's some beauties in there. You could buy a copy, you know. You could.

Deathray on Swiftly

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

I'm going to quote Guy Haley's review of Swiftly in full here, because it seems to me spot-on (about the weaknesses and the strengths, both, of the novel); and if I'm infringing his or Deathray's copyright I trust him to let me know. Another intriguing novel from one of the UK's most important working writers […]

SFX on Swiftly

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Richard Cobbett offers his opinion of the book in the latest SFX: Some speculative fiction ideas just jump right out of the page, and this is definitely one of them: a historical epic set in an England where Lemuel Gulliver was more than just the main character in a book by Jonathan Swift. ... Swiftly […]

Gevers judges Swifters

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Nick Gevers is one of the best reviewers working in SF today: deeply knowledgeable about the genre and with both eloquence and an impeccable judgment. He has not always liked my fiction overmuch previously, so it's particularly gratifying to read his review of my latest over at SFSite. Swiftly ... is an enormously ambitious novel, […]

More Swiftly reviews

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

SFRevue respect rather than love the novel: 'An endlessly inventive writer, Adam Roberts can, it seems, turn his hand to any kind of science fiction story ... The result is more admirable than it is enjoyable, but once again it confirms Roberts as one of our most intelligent and versatile authors and I look forward […]

Swiftly reviews

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Dan Hartland, over at Strange Horizons, has some thoughtful and, by and large, praising things to say about Swiftly: In Swiftly, he takes [his] talent for cannibalisation to a more serious end—he creates a world which, in its variety of familiar motifs, reminds us of something we should know and yet is not. We feel […]

French Gradisil

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Ceci c'est la couverture de la prochaine édition en français de mon roman, publiée par le formidable Bragelonne. Belle, non? As you can see, my French is fairly ropey. Luckily the expert literary French of Elisabeth Vonaburg, who has undertaken this translation, is not. She and I were in correspondence during the process, and I […]

Vector on Headless

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Discouraging days. Martin McGrath, fluently and rather wittily, decapitates Land of the Headless in the bsfa journal, Vector, with a scimitar-swinging review that begins by invoking not so much a clever albatross as a clever roc, and goes on to find, well, nothing to like about the book at all. His main charge is that […]

Philip K Dick Award Shortlisting for Gradisil

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

I'm pleased as Punch (ahh, if only I were as good looking as Punch ...) that Gradisil has made the shortlist for the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award. Here's the list: Grey, Jon Armstrong (Night Shade) Undertow, Elizabeth Bear (Bantam Spectra) From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain, Minister Faust (Del Rey) Nova Swing, M. John […]

Paul Raven on Headless

Monday, December 17th, 2007

At SF Site. The estimable Mr Raven is clear enough that some readers aren't going to like this novel, or the sort of books I write more generally; and he has some fun with the 'clever' albatross; but at the end he has perceptive and positive things to say: It's a powerful work of philosophical […]

Conceptual Breakthrough

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Not my book, this one: but a book written by Simon King and James Holden. I only wrote the afterword here; the meat of this work is two fascinating, detailed and original examples of science fiction criticism by King and Holden. Star, by James Holden Dr. Holden wants to show how the protagonists in SF […]

Korean Jameson

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Nice cover, no?  It's for the Korean edition of this book, my introduction to the thought of Fredric Jameson.  And what a splendid edition it is, including inside a wealth of illustrations (something the original never had), including pictures of things I don't even discuss: photos of Al Pacino and Gillian Anderson, for instance.  All for […]

November

Monday, November 5th, 2007

An unusually tough and tiring first half of term has left me fairly worn out.  Still, I've been trying to push on in the writing of a new novel.  Since this is set in the Soviet Union I had given it the working title Yellow Blue Tibia, something I chose on the understanding (which I derived from Nabokov, no less) that […]

Strange Horizons on Headless, Splinter

Monday, October 15th, 2007

A very intelligent and perceptive (though of course I would say that wouldn't I) review of both Headless and Splinter at the splendid Strange Horizons.  It's by Victoria Hoyle, she of the top-notch Eve's Alexandria, the site which no individual interested in new fiction can afford to ignore.  I'm a little inhibited from responding to […]

Swiftly

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

This is the cover for Swiftly, to be published by Gollancz next year.  It's a work in progress (the rifles there, I'm told, will be muskets rather than arquebuses), but more or less there.  And isn't it splendid?  As for Swiftly itself, I'd say it's the best novel I've written by quite a long mark.  So there you […]

What does Australia think of Headless?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

This: Gollancz SF works were previously unevenly distributed in Australia. It's a pleasure that they are now readily available, since the publisher has a reputation for quality. Forget sword and sorcery, here are thought-experiments, exercises in imaginative writing. Adam Roberts' novel posits a future in which fundamentalist Christianity and Islam have merged. High-tech means that […]

Guardian on Splinter

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

The estimable Eric Brown is complimentary: In 1877 Jules Verne published Off on a Comet, in which a meteor strikes Earth and knocks off a chunk of northern Africa inhabited by a cast of characters who whizz around the solar system before arriving, improbably, back on Earth. Roberts recapitulates the earlier novel, but updates and […]

Give me sf-prize or give me death …

Monday, September 10th, 2007

I learn today that Gradisil has been nominated by LFS members for the 2008 Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category.  The Best Novel winner receives a one-ounce gold coin and a plaque, presented at the World Science Fiction Convention. The nomination is the first part of a lengthy process; a ten-person committee whittles the nominees down […]

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