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Sibilant Fricative: Cover Reveal

By Adam Roberts | September 17, 2013
Categories: Book News

Courtesy of the estimable Ian Whates, here is the cover for my upcoming collection of Essays and Reviews, soon to be published by Newcon Press (also check out the like-named blog). GASP AT MY BEAUTY, O WORLD! GASP, I SAY!

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Mummy, He’s Making Eyes At Me

By Adam Roberts | September 17, 2013
Categories: Book News

Pornokitsch have posted the TOC and pre-order details for the newest Jurassic London anthology, The Book of the Dead. And it's (if you'll pardon the phrase) A Monster:

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Some Words from an Egyptologist" by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society)
"Ramesses on the Frontier" by Paul Cornell
"Escape from the Mummy's Tomb" by Jesse Bullington
"Old Souls" by David Thomas Moore
"Her Heartbeat, An Echo" by Lou Morgan
"Mysterium Tremendum" by Molly Tanzer
"Tollund" by Adam Roberts
"The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar" by Gail Carriger
"The Cats of Beni Hasan" by Jenni Hill
"Cerulean Memories" by Maurice Broaddus
"Inner Goddess" by Michael West
"The Roof of the World" by Sarah Newton
"Henry" by Glen Mehn
"The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey" by David Bryher
"All is Dust" by Den Patrick
"Bit-U-Men" by Maria Dahvana Headley
"Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)" by Jonathan Green
"Akhenaten Goes to Paris" by Louis Greenberg
"The Thing of Wrath" by Roger Luckhurst
"Three Memories of Death" by Will Hill

Illustrated by Garen Ewing
Edited by Jared Shurin

More information here.

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Proofs!

By Adam Roberts | September 14, 2013
Categories: Book News

Exciting!

Coming out 16 Jan 2014! Also with oodles of intrinsic Mahendra Singh goodness:

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Space, Time, Machine and Monster

By Adam Roberts | September 10, 2013
Categories: Events and Appearances

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 incomparable Graham Joyce; Yomi Ayeni; Dimitra Fimi; Rhianna Pratchett; Gwyneth Lewis; Mark Morris; Steve Volk; Louis Savy; Gwilym Games; Steve Bond; Dan Dan the Anthony Man; the delectable Jasper Fforde; the mighty Ben Aaronovitch; Horatio Clare; Catherine Fisher; Huw Aaron; Turnip Starfish (yes, really); Catherine Bray and Sarwat Chadda [you can see the full list of people appearing, and their bios, here]. That's a pretty impressive list of names! Since it's not alphabetical, I assume it's in order either of importance -- which, since they squeeze me in between Louis Savy and Gwilym Games, is fair enough -- or of Welshness, in which case I think I am entitled to feel a little snubbed. Still. I'm excited to be going!

Details of the festival, and of how to book and so on, are here. Come! I insist.

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Sir Niallalot Reviews

By Adam Roberts | September 5, 2013
Categories: Reviews, Short Fiction

Niall Alexander (@niallalot on Twitter) has reviewed Robots for the Tor.Com blog. It's a thoughtful, interesting review, with some positive and some negative things to say. He calls the book overall a 'difficult, if intermittently excellent (and certainly representative) collection'. Can't say fairer than that. One thing particularly piqued my interest:

Some of the science fiction collected herein is stunning, as essential as it is eclectic, but perhaps an equal quantity of it can be summarised thusly: here’s an idea. Isn’t it interesting? Next!

I take the force of this latter criticism, directed (of course) at me. But part of me thinks: I've read a thousand collections of SF short fiction that, in effect, do precisely that. Perhaps it (the logic thumbnailed in Alexander's pithy phrase) is part of the problematic of short SF itself? Or is that just me trying to wriggle free from under the butterfly pin? Either way, Here’s an idea. Isn’t it interesting? Next! strikes me as an excellent title for a collection of science fiction short stories, and I may appropriate it for future use.

Next!

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Riddleses of the Hobbitses

By Adam Roberts | September 5, 2013
Categories: Book News

It seems the proofs of this book (due out December this year) have arrived in the Palgrave office; though they have yet to make their way out to me. Exciting!

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

By Adam Roberts | August 21, 2013
Categories: Events and Appearances

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 realistic vision or are their works implausible? Science fiction novelist, Adam Roberts, examines the issues.

Adam teaches English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. In April this year, the University of Lincoln’s Department of English hosted an international conference on Adam’s writing.

Intended for ages 14 and above.

Tickets are £5, including refreshments.

Book online using debit or credit cards.

Telephone credit/debit card bookings on 01483 543599. A small handling charge may apply.

Tickets can also be bought in person from Guildford library.
For ticket sales:-

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/?a=657296

webpage info:-

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/events/guildford/adam-roberts-can-science-fiction-become-science-fact-at-guildford-library

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Dozois 2013

By Adam Roberts | August 12, 2013
Categories: Book News, Short Fiction

Gardner Dozois's 30th collection of the Best SF of the year is out. It contains a story by me, but (to quote Paul McAuley, who has two stories in the volume), 'don't let that put you off.' I might as well go on quoting Paul, actually:

Gardner says: 'Every year is special, because every year good new writers come along, and every year the older writers continue to do really good work. It's exciting to watch the field evolve, and I don't think the overall level of literary quality in science fiction has ever been higher-and I've been watching the field for a long time.'

Some fun facts:
Annual editions of this anthology have been published continuously since 1984. At a rough count, the series as a whole has contained about 9,500,000 words of fiction, by hundreds of different authors. It has won the Locus Award for Best Anthology seventeen times, more than any other anthology series in history. Gardner Dozois has won fifteen Hugo Awards as Year's Best Editor, and has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Robert Silverberg said of the series 'The Dozois book is the definitive historical record of the history of the science-fiction short story' and called it "a wondrous treasure trove of great stories and an archive that has immeasurable historical significance." George R.R. Martin said 'The best that science fiction has to offer, chosen by the most respected editor in the field. A copy belongs on the shelf of every SF reader.'

Here's the TOC, if you're interested; and you can buy it here. I don't know when it'll be out in the UK.

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Adam Robots Reader

By Adam Roberts | August 5, 2013
Categories: Book News, Short Fiction

Wait, that cover splash is not right.

That's better. Well, my collection of short fiction was published. It has been variously reviewed, and I have been unsystematic about gathering notices together. But here is one I saw today, by Niall Harrison, that tall man, on the Strange Horizons blog:

Thesis: Adam Roberts is distinctive among contemporary sf writers not just because he writes unashamed ideas-fiction, but because he writes unashamed old ideas-fiction. There aren’t many novums here you won’t have seen before, from the Adamic robot of the title to the various kinds of immortality, the ethics-modifying substances to the time travel devices. That’s perhaps true of much of the field, and yet by and large Roberts doesn’t pursue either of the common strategies for dealing with it, or even give much indication that he sees it as a problem; he doesn’t really write multi-novum stories, and his worlds are often too streamlined to be fully immersive. So in what ways do the stories here work? First, I think Roberts is getting extremely good at structure; his stories vary widely in length and register, from a very effectively fragmented tale like “A Prison Term of a Thousand Years” (2008), which at four pages is in no danger of outstaying its welcome, to a near-novella-length piece like “Anticopernicus” (2010), which uses its duration to invest its Fermi Paradox-riff with psychological and thematic complexity. Second, his writing is precise and often funny, with its now-familiar precise yet fussy-fidgety style. And third the absence of immersion is actually often freeing, used as a prompt to encourage critical reading and reflection. Some of my favourite stories are the most meta-referential, such as “Wonder: A Story in Two” (2007), which explicitly investigates the notion of conceptual breakthrough, and is echoed by “Dennis Bayle: A Life” (2013), a review of an imaginary book filled with imaginary books that asserts and (I think) disproves the notion that sense-of-wonder requires “novelistic momentum.” Most of the pieces here didn’t get much attention on their first publication -- there are few Year’s Best alumni, and no award nominees -- but Adam Robots demonstrates that Roberts can be as effective in the short form as in the long.

Finally, Pete Young sent me the following photo, with the following message: 'my son Miles is 4 next week, loves robots and rockets, which is a good start. When he saw the cover of Adam Robots, he went for it... I've been trying to get him started on something a little less high-concept, but this time he insisted.' I say: give me a child until he is 4, and I shall make him a Robot Jesuit! Or words to that effect.

What's that? You want to know how to get hold of a copy? All good bookshops, my friend! All good bookshops. Also: amazon.co.uk (kindle or ppbk). Also, only one month until amazon.com makes kindle or ppbk available to Americans! But, really, my first suggestion would be: all good bookshops.

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… back. In Black. And White. And Red (with pleasure) All Over.

By Adam Roberts | August 5, 2013
Categories: Awards

Apologies for the way this site fell into silence. It was probably a stunned silence -- Jack Glass won the BSFA and Campbell awards, and I was as amazed as I was delighted. I have the trophies sitting on my mantlepiece now, and it's taken me a while to gather my chin from the floor. But I promise to blog more assiduously from hereon in.

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2013 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Shortlist

By Adam Roberts | May 19, 2013
Categories: Awards

I could not be more delighted to have made the (very strong) 2013 John W. Campbell Memorial Award shortlist:

The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit)
Any Day Now, Terry Bisson (Overlook)
Existence, David Brin (Tor)
The Rapture of the Nerds, Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross (Tor)
Empty Space, M. John Harrison (Gollancz; Night Shade ’13)
Intrusion, Ken MacLeod (Orbit)
Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey)
The Fractal Prince, Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz; Tor)
Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds (Ace)
Jack Glass: The Story of a Murderer, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Slow Apocalypse, John Varley (Ace)
Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press)

The award, for best SF novel, will be presented during the Campbell Conference, to be held July 13-16, 2013 at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence KS.

I wish I could go, but on the 14th I'm giving a TEDx talk at the Houses of Parliament. Still; to be on the same list as Empty Space, Intrusion, The Fractal Prince, Blue Remembered Earth, 2312, Alif the Unseen and the rest is enormously flattering, and an honour.

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The Lowest Heaven

By Adam Roberts | May 9, 2013
Categories: Book News

That book to which the Robots version of Adam contributed a story? It's The Lowest Heaven, edited by Jared 'The Man' Shurin and Anne 'The Woman' Perry; it'll be launched June 13th and the Royal Observatory are taking pre-orders now. Oh, it's a good collection. It's a very very good collection.

Anne Perry's middle name isn't actually 'The Woman', by the way. It's 'C.' Just to clear that up.

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Bilim Kurgu Tarihi

By Adam Roberts | May 7, 2013
Categories: Book News

Turkish publisher Bilim ve Gelecek Kitapligi (Google translate leads me to believe the name means: 'the Library of Science and the Future') of Istanbul have just acquired the translation rights to my Palgrave History of Science Fiction. Hurrah!

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Publishers Weekly choose Jack Glass as one of their ‘Books of Summer 2013′

By Adam Roberts | May 7, 2013
Categories: Book News, Reviews

Which is nice of them.

In an interview with PW, Roberts says that he set out to write a new kind of whodunit, where the murderer’s name is revealed on page one yet is still a surprise to the reader at the end. He succeeds admirably with this three-part SF mystery, which just won the BSFA Award. Its eponymous antihero has various escapades while keeping dangerous technological secrets from falling into the wrong hands.

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Mechanised Me

By Adam Roberts | May 4, 2013
Categories: Book News

From the latest SFX.

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FUTURA

By Adam Roberts | May 2, 2013
Categories: Events and Appearances

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 much more. We will also be having an all day Real Ale bar."

Tickets are £25 available from our box office, or via wegottickets.com

FUTURA offers something for all SF fans, writers and readers.

GUESTS OF HONOUR include Ian R MacLeod,Ken MacLeod and Adam Roberts, plus sessions with an impressive range of speakers:
Tony Ballantyne
Sarah Cawkwell
Mike Chinn
Theresa Derwin
Jay Eales
Janet Edwards
Andrew Hook
Kim Lakin-Smith
Selina Lock
Philip Palmer
Stephen Palmer
Adele Wearing
Ian Whates

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Apocalypse, Thursday

By Adam Roberts | May 1, 2013
Categories: Events and Appearances

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 to genre fiction.

The speakers are:

Tom Hunter – Award Director of The Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature.

Robert Grant – Author of Writing The Science Fiction Film, Literary Editor for SCI-FI-LONDON and one of the jury for this years The Arthur C Clarke Award.

Anne Perry – Assistant Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, co-editor of Pornokitsch and co-founder of The Kitschies Awards.

Adam Roberts - er, me.

Frances Hardinge - British author best known for her novel 'Fly By Night' which in 2006 won the Branford Boase Award. Her 2012 novel A Face Like Glass was nominated and short listed for a Kitschie.

Jeff Norton - Canadian author, writer-director, and founder of creative incubator Awesome. Jeff is best known for the best-selling Metawars series, and MetaWars 3.0: Battle of the Immortal is released the day of the panel!

The panel will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 7.00pm at Waterstones, Piccadilly. Tickets are just £5.00/£3.00 Waterstones Card holders and you can by either emailing events@piccadilly.waterstones.co.uk or telephoning 020 7851 2400.

Spaces will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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SpecFic 2012

By Adam Roberts | May 1, 2013
Categories: Book News, Lit Crit, Non-Fiction, Reviews

Speculative Fiction was released last Thursday (25 April); You can find it in the US for $11.99 and in the UK for £8.99. In addition to my piece on Ayn Rand, it has a wealth of brilliant articles and critical readings. Proceeds from all sales go to Room to Read. So -- c'mon! What's keeping you?

The editors say: "the Kindle version created by the Amazon computers wasn't up to snuff, so we're having it rebuilt by a human. It will will shortly, and should be on sale by 2 May".

More details here.

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Strahan (ed), Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 7

By Adam Roberts | April 16, 2013
Categories: Book News

My contributor copy of this handsome volume, edited by Jonathan Strahan, came through the post today. Some excellent stories therein, but also my own 'What Did Tessimond Tell You?' Actually I'm pretty proud of this tale: formally traditional, but with some (I think) nice touches. It first appeared in Ian Whates' Solaris 1.2.

If it were possible, I'd like to publish 'What Did Tessimond Tell You?' in a forking, dual format. It's a story divided (traditional Shakespearian structure, see) into five parts. In the fifth part you the reader discovers the answer to the question posed by the tale's title. But I'm not sure that the story doesn't work better if you stop reading at the end of part 4. So: my ideal format would lay these facts before the reader and ask her to choose: do you want to read 1-4, or all 5? Then the e-book would lock you into your choice. Strahan's conventional book doesn't give you that option -- but that's not to say you shouldn't buy a copy. You so should!

Here is the Nightshade Books website page for the vol, with purchase links for North Americans. Here's an amazon.co.uk link for Brits -- best I can do.

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New blogs

By Adam Roberts | April 16, 2013
Categories: Blogging

My old blogs having been guillotined, for various reasons, there are two new blogs. One is for 19th-century literary and related matters, and may interest you less. (I don't know! How would I know?). The other, Sibilant Fricative, is SFnal; but of limited scope. Limited how, you ask? This post explains matters.

More tomorrow!

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… and you’re back in the room.

By Adam Roberts | April 15, 2013
Categories: Awards, Book News

There's no graceful way to apologise for falling internet-silent for a long time, so I'll hurry past that, mumbling and looking at the floor. Instead let's concentrate on:

NEWS!

1. I won my first ever award! Jack Glass won the BSFA Best Novel award, which thrilled me more than I can easily say. The shortlist was bruisingly good, and I was genuinely pleased to be nominated in an of-course-I'll-never-win sort of way; so the news bowled me over. Blacksheep won the Best Artwork award for the cover to Jack Glass, which, though I can take no personal credit for it, also pleased me mightily.

2. New Genre Army happened, at the University of Lincoln. I went, and it was most excellent. Really -- I had a marvellous time; Christos Callow and Caroline Edwards deserve All The Kudos In The World. (This was the event I mentioned on this very website, here). Glyphi are publishing the papers in a volume of Critical Essays, it seems. Hurrah.

More news tomorrow.

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Farmer Roberts

By Adam Roberts | January 31, 2013
Categories: Events and Appearances

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 want to see the picture. For some reason wordpress won't let me upload it here.

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New Genre Army call for papers

By Adam Roberts | January 30, 2013
Categories: Events and Appearances

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, and anyone else interested. Topics might include, but are not limited to: -‘High-Concept SF’ and the Novel of Ideas

-Writing science fiction in the 21st Century: responsibilities and challenges
-Military SF, Political SF, Philosophical SF
-Britishness / British humour, sarcasm, style
-Utopia and Dystopia
-Unreliable Narrators
-Heroes and Antiheroes
-Postmodernism: Metafiction and Intertextuality
-Writing under nicknames: alternative writer identities
-Propaganda, Deception, Conspiracy Theories
-‘Practicing what you preach’: writing fiction with an academic background
-The role of technology
-Cynicism and Satire
-Depictions of Britain
-Dictators, Mass-Murderers, Criminals
-Crime Fiction in Science Fiction, Genre within Genre, and beyond Genre
-Space Colonization and Galactic Empires
-Pop Culture and Parody
-Alternative History
-Power

The conference welcomes proposals for individual papers and panels from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Please send a title and 300-500 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation and 100 word professional biography to newgenrearmy@gmail.com by 15th February 2013.

The conference is organised by Christos Callow, PhD candidate, Department of English, University of Lincoln and Dr Caroline Edwards, Lecturer in English, Department of English, University of Lincoln. The conference is sponsored by Gylphi: Arts and Humanities Publisher and the English Department of the University of Lincoln.

New Genre Army: An International Conference on the Writing of Adam Roberts

Friday 5th April 2013, Department of English, University of Lincoln

Sponsored by Gylphi: Arts and Humanities Publisher and the University of Lincoln. Part of the Gylphi Contemporary Writers series

Keynote Speakers: Professor Farah Mendlesohn (Anglia Ruskin University) Dr. Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Response and Q&A from Adam Roberts

For more information or to respond to the call please contact:

Christos Callow
University of Lincoln

http://ulincoln.academia.edu/ChristosCallow

Dr. Caroline Edwards
University of Lincoln

http://phone.online.lincoln.ac.uk/cedwards

Email: newgenrearmy@gmail.com

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News for January: BSFA Award Nom! Kitschies Nom! Nom-nom!

By Adam Roberts | January 30, 2013
Categories: Awards

I'm always a bit leery of posting website material during pre-awards season, for fear of seeming appearing to pimp my stuff, but there has been news.

First, I am delighted and pleased and indeed stunnedelighted that Jack Glass has been shortlisted in the BSFA Award Best Novel category. The winners will be announced at EightSquared, the 2013 Eastercon, Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford this Easter; I'm genuinely sorry that I won't be able to be there to congratulate Mike Harrison in person, but Steve Baxter has kindly agreed to stand-in for me in the unlikely event that my novel etc etc.

Secondly: the same day I was staggerghasted to discover that Jack Glass has also been shortlisted for the Kitschies Red Tentacle. The winner of this will be announced on Tuesday, 26 February at the Free Word Centre, London; and I hope to be there.

This double honour has genuinely delighted me.

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PS: On the subject of self-promotion versus awards-pimpage, this is what I tweeted a week or so back on the matter:

[1] re: awards pimpage, and to be clear: I have no problem with self-promotion, as anyone who follows my twitter feed will know.

[2] Self promotion is about making people aware of your books. Awards pimpage is something else: it's about trying to win yourself awards.

[3] The downside of self-promotion is that it may annoy people. The downside of awards pimpage is that it corrupts awards themselves ...

[4] ... turning them into prizes for Most Effective Self Promotion, rather than prizes for the best book. That hurts everybody.

I'm a bit stuck with this self-defeating Christopher-Tietjens-esque attitude that awards should be given to the best book/story/whatever, rather than to the Most Effective Self-Promoter. It's a hopeless struggle, I accept: but there you go.

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Robots!

By Adam Roberts | January 16, 2013
Categories: Book News

Buy yours today! (Also available in superrobotic kindle format*).

[*'superrobotic' kindle is exactly the same as regular kindle. Value of short stories may go down as well as up. £6.99 in ebook format. Pirates will incur my displeasure.]

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Scrooge – Ein Zombie-Weihnachtsmärchen

By Adam Roberts | December 7, 2012
Categories: Book News

Sie können kaufen Sie dieses Buch für alle deutschsprachigen Freunde.

Ja.

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20 Trillion Leagues Under the Sea: Cover

By Adam Roberts | December 6, 2012
Categories: Book News

Amazon have this down for release October 2013; don't know if that's right -- but I do know that (a) the cover is a beauty, m'hearties, and that (b) the book, when it emerges, will be adorned by a plethora of absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Mahendra Singh. Not the cricketer, no. The artist! Really -- if you don't know his Hunting of the Snark artwork then you're missing one of the great treats of the internet. That he is my friend doesn't, I think, disqualify me from insisting that he is one of the most distinctive, most evocative and simply best illustrators at work anywhere today. There's something about his combination of 19th-century precision-gravure and his surrealist or otherwise imaginatively-unfettered modernity of idiom that just knocks the top of my head off.

I'm really honoured that I've been able to collaborate with him on this project.

As for the story, well it's come a long way from this jumping-off-point, as the third of six possible Verne sequel/update/metatext/doojabs. The core idea is the same but the details have largely changed.

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NMA: Movie News

By Adam Roberts | December 5, 2012
Categories: Book News

I'm delighted that MUSE films have optioned New Model Army. It is, I think, one of my two best novels, one of the things I'm proudest of writing, and although I know full well that only a tiny fraction of books optioned by film production companies ever actually make it to the Big Screen, nonetheless I've found the whole process fascinating. If it has done nothing else, this experience has given me the chance to hang out with the brilliant Chris Hanley, and talk film and filmmaking with him, which has been wonderful. Beyond that I got to write a treatment of my own novel, to see what a film option contract looked like, and to play the Imaginary Casting game. Hurrah!

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Overheard

By Adam Roberts | December 2, 2012
Categories: Book News

Appearing in an anthology of short stories alongside Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi and many others? Really? Why, it appears to be true.

And is it for sale? Yes: buy direct from the publishers at that last link, or from amazon here.

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Conference

By Adam Roberts | November 15, 2012
Categories: Events and Appearances

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 my embarrassment at being the centre of attention. Ahem!

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