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Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

... are appearing in Waterstones Piccadilly on the evening if the 3rd April, 2017. Starts at 7pm. My understanding is that tickets are limited, so if you're interested you should probably reserve yours sooner rather than later. I'll certainly be there, and as it says on the other end of that link, I have written […]

Dec 8th: Contemporary Writers Launch: Adam Roberts, Rupert Thomson, Tom McCarthy

Monday, November 28th, 2016

See you there?

Eurocon Barcelona 2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

I was there. The above is a photo of Aliette de Bodard and I enjoying a laugh over that most chucklesome of topics, Jules Verne.

Ejército Nuevo Modelo

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Ediciones Gigamesh are publishing a Spanish-language translation of my New Model Army, and here's the cover art. Creo que podemos estar de acuerdo, esto es lo más excelente trabajo. ¿No? It's being launched at Eurocon 2016 in Barcelona (4, 5 & 6 November) where I will also be. Come along and say hello, if you're […]

The Thing Itself: Cambridge Event 15 June 2016

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

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: I Appear

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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 […]

Sledge-Lit 2015: Derby, 21st November

Monday, November 16th, 2015

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 […]

Memory, Natural and Unnatural

Friday, September 25th, 2015

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 […]


Friday, September 4th, 2015

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 […]

Caroline Edwards and me, 12th May 2015

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Hope to see you there.

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 -- […]

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