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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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What Does Adam Do All Day?

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Nice photoshop, no? I'm a writer, so mostly What I Do All Day is write. Since the part I love most about being a writer is the actual writing, and the parts I enjoy least are all the other stuff, working through edits and doing proofs, pitching ideas and filling in my tax returns, reading […]

New for 2017

Monday, February 6th, 2017

I've been neglecting this blog lately, and will strive to neglect it less in the future. There's been little to report, though. Life has been going on, of course; though I'm not vain enough to believe that anyone is interested in bulletins from that front. Same old same old. As noted in previous posts on […]

What I Did in 2015

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Three things, predominantly. Fiction, twice: Quite taupe, that image, though: isn't it? On the left is my latest collection of short fiction, Saint Rebor (Newcon Press), which contains my two best short stories ('What Did Tessimond Tell You?' and 'Trademark Bugs') along with ten others of varying quality. If you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber you […]


Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The evergreen i09 has a list of 'The 10 Most Unfilmable Books (That Absolutely Must Be Made Into Films)'. You could click on the link, if you wanted to, and find out which ten unfilmable books they think should be so honoured. If you wanted to.

Ten books

Monday, September 8th, 2014

This meme was circulating on Facebook, and I succumbed: ten books that have 'stayed with me', or had a particularly shaping influence upon me. I'm copying my answers across to here too. The strange thing was, almost as soon as I posted this list to FB I felt (as I noted in the comments, there) […]

Heman Chong

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

A friend sent me the link to the latest Rossi & Rossi exhibition: some splendid, beautiful canvases by Heman Chong, a snip at £2300, including the Headless and Snow images, below. Speaking as an author: I'm flattered to be included in such company, and to have provoked such fine art.


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 […]


Monday, June 20th, 2011

Hiatus may refer to: Hiatus, Recess (break) Hiatus, a small difference in pitch between two musical tones Hiatus (linguistics), a phonological term referring to the lack of a consonant separating two vowels in separate syllables, as in co-operation Hiatus (television), a break of several weeks or more in television scheduling Hiatus (anatomy) Hiatus, a discontinuity […]

Cultural Life

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

In other news, I discover I am part of Frank Skinner's cultural life.

Fringe Interview

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A while ago the estimable Scott Wilson interviewed me about parodies and such for Oz's premier genre magazine, The Fringe. You'll find the original here. If you don't do so already then you'll want to keep up to date with The Fringe, for it is good. At any rate, here's the Q & A: The […]

A new superhero is born

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

As you can see, this particular Departmental Board didn't hold my entire attention. When I had finished the doodle, my friend and colleague Doug Cowie leant over and said: 'no he doesn't! He fucks flowers.'


Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

In what I can't help but take as another example of this interesting phenomenon, SciFi Crowsnest's 'The Hyper Hundred: best scifi novels of 2010' includes my novel Splinter (Solaris 2007). I'm very pleased, obviously.

Interview (2009): revisited

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Here's an interview conducted by my friend Aleksi (formerly of Finland, now I believe living and working in Russia) early last year. It has hitherto appeared only in Finnish, I think; and dates from after the publication of YBT but before NMA. 1. You’re a SFF researcher and writer at the same time. Does your […]

Twenty ten

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

What's coming? A couple of things, since you ask. New Model Army is published on the 10th of April. I'd say it is the best thing I have ever written, and by quite a wide margin too. That may, of course, not be saying very much; but it's a big deal for me. I'll be […]

Guardian Book Blog

Friday, September 25th, 2009

And by way of following up the previous post, here's something I wrote for the Guardian Book Blog on that very subject. Let the record show: the final portion of the last sentence of the first paragraph read, when I submitted it: ' reaction was compounded of one part vainglorious ego-puff, one part genuine pride […]


Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Back from holiday, now, and ready for the new month. I have grown a beard. It makes me look older than Christopher Lee, but I quite like it nonetheless. More news soon.

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I suppose it's fair to say that Denis Bayle is less well-known as a science fiction writer than he ought to be. Over at Futurismic, I've reviewed a fictionalised version of Bayle's biography: supposedly written by 'Thomas Hidgekin', who I'm not sure is a real-life figure. My review of this problematic title is already causing […]


Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Sometimes things don't go so well. Yesterday my bike was stolen (the sort of thing that happened all the time when I lived in London, but which is something of a shock after six hitherto biketheft-free years of living in Staines). Today it seems that my car has died: unsurprisingly, since it's a banger, but […]

December Commences

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I've been busy, and hence elusive, here, but I have been neither idle nor unproductive. I've done a lot of University work, a certain amount of reviewing, and some academic writing for different projects. More to the point I have been plugging away at a Fantasy novel, or more precisely at a short novel in […]

Podcast, reviews, things

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

More news on upcoming publication will follow; but for the time being (as term continues super-busy and rather hectic) here are some smaller things. Firstly, a podcast I did for Gail Martin's excellent 'Chronicles of the Necromancer' site, about Splinter and the end of the world: Ah, the fun we had recording that, what with […]

Staines and Egham News Aug 08

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Back from holidays now, and working on a couple of things, but nothing as important as this appearance by my son Danny in the local paper. That's right! The local paper! Fame, enduring fame! Click this link and you'll see for youself. Now, in real life he doesn't have ghostly mirror-written letters all across his […]


Thursday, March 27th, 2008

A couple of brief items, foremost among them: Darren Turpin, known to some by the spritely monker Ariel, is the man who made this website. He did a fine job, too, as you can see by looking around. More, he has maintained it expertly since creating it despite my periodic attempts at smashing it up […]

Swiftly proofs

Friday, December 14th, 2007

The proofs for Swiftly are here, and I'm going through them with a fine tooth comb. A toothcomb that is fine. A comb with fine teeth. One of them. Well, I say that ... The fact is I'm rubbish at reading proofs, so my wife (who has The Gift when it comes to proofreading; if […]

I am edged gem?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

SFRevu seem to think so; viz., comments by John Berlyne: Roberts, whom I always think must be the hardest working writer in the world, is a real shining gem of British genre fiction and one with many, many facets. No two books of his are alike, and his particular skill is extrapolating an entire novel […]


Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Been away. Back now. Big pile of papers on thewelcome matwhen we turned the key and tried to swing the door, makingit hard toopen more than a sliver. Most of this pile was free newspapers, fliers, junk mail and the like. Some was more substantial material that needs dealing with. I've also been spending the […]

Welcome Back

Friday, May 25th, 2007

A long haitus, almost half a year. Part of this was standard downtime, when there was little to report; part of it, on the contrary,was me being too busy with various other stuff to find the time to update the site. Now, however, the estimable Ariel has redesigned the creaky old homepage, ported it over […]