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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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By Light Alone

Friday, January 13th, 2012

A little belatedly (must attend to this 'bsite more frequently): a brief round-up of things that have been written about By Light Alone. To begin with a couple of actual readers, since they're the most important people. First Lizzie Barrett, on facebook: I have just finished By Light Alone by Adam Roberts. If you like […]


Monday, September 12th, 2011

Still available for e-download, at the ridiculously inflated price of £0.86p (or 99c), my dwarf novel Anticopernicus has been reviewed in a few places. For starters, Rich Puchalsky has turned his acute critical intelligence upon it [the review contains spoilers]: The whole point of SF being a literature of ideas is not that it's supposed […]

By Light Reviewed

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I've been neglecting this website: apologies. I'll make things a little busier here, starting off with some reviews of By Light Alone. Here's Stuart Kelly, at the Scotsman: TWO years ago, Kim Stanley Robinson declared that Adam Roberts ought to have won that year's Man Booker Prize. Roberts, like writers as diverse as China Mieville, […]

Dragon with Girl Tattoo

Monday, June 20th, 2011

David Pitt, evidently a man of critical discernment, reviewing books in in the Canadian Chronicle Herald: And, just for the heck of it, you should also check out Adam Roberts’ The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo (Gollancz), a wickedly funny parody of the first Millennium novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It follows the […]

NMA again

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

I still think, all things considered, that New Model Army is my best novel, though my confidence has been dented somewhat recently by its absence from the 2010 Locus Recommended reading list, the Clarke shortlist, the SF Site 2010 list and so on, and so forth. Anyway, in the circumstances it is heartening for me […]

Rich Puchalsky, ‘On Learning to read Adam Roberts’

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Typical: you wait for ages for an 'On Learning to Read Adam Roberts' post, then two come along at once! Go to Rich Puchalsky's blog and check this one out.

Paul Kincaid, ‘Learning to Read Adam Roberts’

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Read his column at Big Other. Kincaid is up for this year's BSFA Award for Non-Fiction (if you're a BSFA member you can vote for him). I hope he wins.


Monday, January 17th, 2011

I edited the above selection of Tennyson's poetry for OUP in 2000. I was, accordingly, a little surprised when my copy of the LRB dropped through the letterbox this morning (date: 20 Jan 2011), and I opened it to find this review of the selection, by Seamus Perry. It's a fascinating review (occasioned, I suppose, […]

Zone NMA review

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Jonathan McCalmont's review of New Model Army has just been posted at The Zone. I don't think I've ever read a more pleasurably gobsmacking review of something I have written. I'm a little amazed at myself, and a touch suspicious, how pleased it makes me. Over at his Ruthless Culture site, McCalmont summarises thuswise: New […]

What Does Nader Elhefnawy Think of New Model Army?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

It's a good question; and the answer is here, at Strange Horizons: 'Roberts's depiction of the results is quite well thought out in some respects ... Still, the book has its share of implausibilities.' Some point of praise, balanced by points of dispraise. Most of what has been said so far is in line with […]


Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Gord Sellar, over at, has reviewed On, my second novel, from way back when. It's a long, but (I think) fascinating review, as much a meditation on how to handle one's preconceptions -- including, interestingly, one's positive preconceptions -- when approaching a novel for review. This bit I especially liked: What I was doing, […]

Scotsman on Sunday on SF

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

A very nice piece from Stuart Kelly on New Model Army, Kraken and The Restoration Game (Scotsman on Sunday, June 20 2010): IF I were to say that these three novels dealt, respectively, with how technology is changing the nature of self and democracy; the politics of belief in the postmodern city; and the ramifications […]

On New Model Army

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Slight haitus around here; apologies for that. I'll try and be more regular, and will start with this splendid review of New Model Army on weRead (courtesy Phil): On one level, you could see this book as another sci-fi dystopia and, yes, its that but as ever, the writing is superb, the story […]

Guardian Review

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

I knew there was going to be a very short piece by me in today's Guardian Review about Terry Pratchett's Who-related ruminations. I knew that because I wrote the piece on Wednesday (though it doesn't appear to be online ...) What I didn't know, and didn't expect, was that the Guardian would carry the following […]

New Model Army signing

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I'll be signing copies of New Model Army at Waterstones in High Wycombe, on Saturday the 15th May from 11am. Unaccountably, High Wycombe somehow escaped the depredations of my NMA in the novel itself, although nearby Maidenhead gets hammered. Perhaps the good citizens of High Wycombe wish to thank me for sparing their borough ...? […]

New Model Reviews

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

A few reviews of New Model Army have appeared. This is what Brigid Cherry at Total SciFi Online has to say: Roberts intriguing and spectacular work is less a novel than a philosophical treatise. If that sounds like a turn-off, it certainly shouldnt be, for New Model Army is written in stunning prose that is […]

A Note on Cheryl Morgan

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Back in the days when she ran Emerald City Cheryl Morgan read and reviewed some of my writing. She didn't like it, for a number of perfectly valid reasons, which is, of course, fair enough. The thing is: for many readers that would have drawn the line under any further encounter with what I do. […]

Scrooge screviews

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

What am I up to? Well, since you ask (and so politely, too) I'm going through another revision of New Model Army, this one occasioned by the characteristically insightful, incisive comments of my editor, Simon Spanton. A good editor is is more precious than jewels and his value is far above rubies or pearls: and […]

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