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I'm very excited about this: a discussion of The Thing Itself, and related matters of doubt, faith and fiction, scheduled for the 15th June, from 7:30-8:30pm. It will take place in Great Saint Mary's, the University Church, in the centre of Cambridge, and will involve discussion between Francis Spufford (author, most recently, of the crystal-sharp […]
Aye Write 2016 is Glasgow's literary festival, and an excellent and stimulating festival it is too. This year I'll be appearing 12th Mar 2016, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, in the Mitchell Library on Berkeley Street. I'll solve the Fermi Paradox for you, urge you to buy my book, and crack a few jokes. May have a […]
I'm appearing at this one-day event on Saturday, alongside the estimable Alison Moore, Charlie Stross and Rob Shearman. The schedule of the day is here. Derby is a fine town. You should come along, say hello, and so on. [Update]: I went, I saw, I lectured. You can read an account of my GoH speech […]
The Nature of Memory Perspectives from Art, History and Neuroscience 6.30 – 8pm | Tuesday 29 September Sheikh Zayed Theatre, London School of Economics Speakers Jessica Bland, Principal Researcher in Policy and Research, Nesta Sebastian Groes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature (University of Roehampton) Adam Roberts, Science Fiction Novelist and Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature (Royal […]
The University of Glasgow 'Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities' group is running a writing competition. You might want to enter it, you know. We are pleased to announce a creative-writing competition for science fiction on the theme of medicine, health, and illness. Science fiction has a long tradition of medical stories: Frankenstein (reanimation), The […]
Hope to see you there.
More details here.
Here be the details of my upcoming talk at Guildford Public Library: Saturday 23 November 2013 13:30 -- 15:00. And the title of the talk be: "Can science fiction become science fact?" And that image, at the top of this post, be a photograph of Guildford Public Library itself.
Tomorrow I'll be boarding an early train to Newport, Wales (land of my fathers etc etc) to attend the splendid-looking Space, Time, Machine & Monster event ('A Literary Invasion of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror'). [Previously, on this blog] Oh, that you might be there too!
I'm doing two things at this this year's Cheltenham Festival. On Friday 4th October (at 4pm, in the Studio, Imperial Square) I'm on the 'Re-Wired: Memory in the Digital Age' panel: Join us to explore the impact of the Internet, digital technology and social media on human memory. From Google and GPS to lifelogging services, […]
I am appearing at what the good people at Literature Wales are pleased to call a "sci fi, fantasy and horror festival" at the Riverfront in Newport, 18-19 October. But I won't be alone, oh no! Also appearing are: Alastair Reynolds Large As Life And Twice As Natural; Tim Lebbon; Jon Chase; Mark Brake; the […]
Adam Roberts: "Can science fiction become science fact?" at Guildford library 23 November 2013 13:30-15:00 Guildford Library 77 North Street Guildford Surrey GU1 4AL General information Science fiction is all about imagining the future but how successful have past writers been and how realistic are the imaginings of contemporary sci-fi writers? Have they achieved a […]
Saturday, 15th June, Wolverhampton. Make a note of the date. Details here: "FUTURA presents a convention day on Saturday 15th June crammed full of science-fiction, including panels, readings, kafeeklatsches and much more on the day. Futura brings together a host of science-fiction authors and publishers for a day loaded with panels, readings, signings, booksales and […]
I['ll be appearing at this fascinating-looking panel. I do hope you can come: DARK SOCIETIES PANEL: WATERSTONES, PICCADILLY the Post-apocalyptic Book Club and Waterstones Piccadilly are hosting a discussion event, on Thursday 2nd May at 7pm, which will delve into the murky depths of dystopia, its impact on Sci-Fi literature and what the awards mean […]
Into London today for lunch with my editor, the excellent Simon Spanton. No sooner had I stepped into his office than he was mocking my jacket + hat combo, to the point of taking a photo and posting the result to twitter along with a mock-ish tagline. You'll have to follow that link if you […]
Papers are invited for the first international conference on the work of British writer Adam Roberts. This event aims to bring together scholars, critics, writers and fans for the first academic conference dedicated to the literature and ideas of Adam Roberts. Papers are welcome on any topic related to Roberts’ writing from academics, researchers, fans, […]
University of Lincoln's Department of English will be hosting New Genre Army: An International Conference on the Writing of Adam Roberts in April 2013. Farah Mendlesohn and Andrew M Butler are key-noting; follow that link for the official call for papers (if you're thinking of giving a paper). I'll be there, trying somehow to overcome […]
Jane Johnson, Brian Sibley, David Brawn and I will be talking about "The Hobbit" at the British Library tonight, 6:30-8pm: why don't you come along?
This is where I'm at for the next few days: 13th International Conference UTOPIAN STUDIES SOCIETY Tarragona, 4th-7th July 2012 I'll be giving the opening keynote; very exciting. There's a wine reception afterwards!
Come along, why don't you? Saturday 25th Feb, Senate House in central London, from 2pm: entrance is free.
I'm giving one of the University of Kent at Canterbury 'CREATIVE WRITING TUESDAY READINGS' (6 pm; £2 entry; Darwin College Senior Common Room) next Tuesday (31st Jan). I grew up in Canterbury, so I'm really looking forward to this event.
I'm appearing at the First Fictions event this weekend, at the University of Sussex -- Sunday 22nd Jan. It would be great to see you, if you're there, or thereabouts. At 4pm I'll be interviewing the superb Elleke Boehmer, both a brilliant literary critic and postcolonial theorist, and an exceptional novelist. Then, two hours later […]
Tomorrow evening (that's Thursday 8th December, 6:00-8:30pm at Blackwells Bookshop, 100 Charing Cross Road): entrance free -- come and meet Jonathan Green, Frances Hardinge, Kim Lakin-Smith, Philip Reeve, me, Lavie Tidhar and China Miéville. I shall wear a tie. It would be rude of you not to come.
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 […]
You want an answer to that question? Why, then, you must come along to this: Event: Is Science Fiction the only true relevant literary genre today? 7 November 2011 New Scientist and the Waterstones Gower Street Lecture Series present, Is Science Fiction the only truly relevant literary genre today? Simon Ings, author of Dead Water, […]
I'm appearing at the Cheltenham Literary Festival tomorrow (Wednesday) ayt 17:00, in company of the eloquently intelligent Mark Brake. Come along: it would be great to see you! (The event is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, an excellent organisation, and deserving of our support). Now, now, you may be saying: that's all very well -- […]
I'm thrilled that By Light Alone has been chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club, as hosted by the excellent Simon Mayo. I'll be appearing on the drivetime show next Monday (that's the 19th September, at 1800) to talk about the novel; and answering questions online afterwards. More details, and a free chapter, here.
When: Fri 9 Sep 2011, 18.30 – 20.00 Where: Conference Centre, British Library Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions "A truly great European writer, Stanisław Lem (1921-2006) transcends both Polish literature and his chosen genre, science fiction. Best known for his twice-filmed novel Solaris, he was a virtuoso storyteller who packed his writing with philosophy, comedy, […]
From Wednesday 6th July through to Friday 8th I shall be a guest of NIFFF: that is to say, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival. Check out their website (you'll find me hiding, with others, behind the 'New Worlds of Fantasy' link on the left-hand sidebar). If you happen to be in beautiful Neuchâtel, come […]
OK? Here's what next week holds: Out of this world?: Why Science Fiction speaks to us all Friday 20 May 18.30 -20.00 The British Library Conference Centre Throughout history, people have asked ‘what if?’. We have always allowed our imaginations to create other worlds as expressions of our wildest dreams, hopes and fears, and so […]Previous Entries