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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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Tolkien lecture, Pembroke Oxford May 2

Friday, April 11th, 2014

More details here.

Guildford Library Talk, Sat 23 Nov

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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.

Space, Time, Machine & Monster A Literary Invasion of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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!

The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival 2013

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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, […]

Space, Time, Machine and Monster

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

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 […]

On the 23 November I’ll Be Talking. In a Library! (shhh!)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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 […]


Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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 […]

Apocalypse, Thursday

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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 […]

Farmer Roberts

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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 […]

New Genre Army call for papers

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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, […]


Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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 […]

The Hobbit at 75

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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?

Next Stop, Utop

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

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!


Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Come along, why don't you? Saturday 25th Feb, Senate House in central London, from 2pm: entrance is free.

University of Kent at Canterbury Reading

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

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.

First Fictions

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

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 […]

Kitschies Steampunk Evening

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

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.

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 […]

Is Science Fiction the only true relevant literary genre today?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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, […]

Cheltenham Literary Festival 2011

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

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 -- […]

By Light Alone on the Radio 2 Book Club (with Simon Mayo)

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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.

Lemistry: A Celebration of Stanisław Lem

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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, […]


Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

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 […]


Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

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 […]

Vote Early and Vote Often

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Click to embiggen. (Hint: bottom right hand corner. That's right! Gollancz has been publishing since AD 196! Appropriately enough, that was the 'Year of the Consulship of Dexter and Messalla'; which explains why Orion publish all the Dexter books). No, wait: you're looking in the wrong bottom right hand corner ... [Link]

Don’t be Vague: go to the Hague

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

So, what are you doing this weekend? Me, I delivering the New Year's Lecture at the Universiteit Leiden, Campus Den Haag (Friday 5th February, starting at 7pm) at the invitation of the LUC Brill Nijhoff Writing Institute. Here's a (PDF) document detailing this interesting and diverting occasion; I believe it's not too late to register. […]

Friday 8th October: Birmingham SF Group

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I will be talking to the Birmingham Science Fiction Group on Friday: it's in the Briar Rose Hotel, and things kick off at 7:45pm. Come along! We could grab a drink afterwards, if you like ...


Monday, May 10th, 2010

The latest, which is to say the 196th issue of SFX (out now, in May; so obviously the cover says the issue is 'July 2010') contains a lot of interesting things. But there's also an interview with me, mostly given over to me talking twitter, plus this slightly muppet-faced photo of me sitting on the […]

Monday 10 May Piccadilly Waterstones 5:30pm

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Come along! The SFX Summer of SF Reading Stephen Hunt Adam Roberts, Dan Abnett Graham McNeill, China Mieville Michael Cobley WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY Monday, 10 May 2010, 5:30PM To celebrate the launch of The SFX Summer of SF Reading we are delighted to host authors from the across the [sic] SF spectrum. Access to the queue […]

Forbidden Planet Signing May 13th

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Forbidden Planet, but not forbidden to you. You're more than welcome to come along: Forbidden Planet and Gollancz publishing are delighted to bring you one of our now-celebrated, open-format, multi-author signings! At 6pm on Thursday May 13th, Forbidden Planet 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London will be playing host to: - Stephen Deas M D […]

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