Adam Roberts (British writer)

Adam Charles Roberts FRSL (born 30 June 1965)[1] is a British science fiction and fantasy novelist. In 2018 he was elected Vice-President of the H.G. Wells Society.

Adam Roberts
Roberts at Salon du livre 2008 (Paris, France)
Roberts at Salon du livre 2008 (Paris, France)
BornAdam Roberts
30 June 1965 (age 53)
Pen nameA.R.R.R. Roberts
A3R Roberts
Don Brine
OccupationAcademic, critic, writer
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
Cambridge University
GenreScience fiction, fantasy, parody
Notable worksSalt, Gradisil, Yellow Blue Tibia, By Light Alone, Jack Glass
Notable awardsBSFA Award for Best Novel
2012 Jack Glass
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee
2001 Salt
2007 Gradisil
2010 Yellow Blue Tibia


He has a degree in English from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD from Cambridge University on Robert Browning and the Classics. He teaches English literature and creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.[2]

Adam Roberts has been nominated three times for the Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 2001 for his debut novel, Salt, in 2007 for Gradisil and in 2010 for Yellow Blue Tibia. He won both the 2012 BSFA Award for Best Novel, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, for Jack Glass. It was further shortlisted for The Kitschies Red Tentacle award. His short story "Tollund" was nominated for the 2014 Sidewise Award.[3]

In May 2014, Roberts gave the second annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford, speaking on the topic of Tolkien and Women.[4]

Published works


  • Salt (2000, ISBN 0-575-06896-5)
  • On (2001, ISBN 0-575-07176-1)
  • Stone (2002, ISBN 0-575-07396-9)
  • Polystom (2003, ISBN 0-575-07541-4)
  • The Snow (2004)
  • Gradisil (2006)
  • Land of the Headless (2007)
  • Splinter (2007)
  • Swiftly: A Novel (2008)
  • Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel (2009, ISBN 0-575-08356-5)
  • New Model Army (2010)
  • By Light Alone (2011)
  • Jack Glass (2012, ISBN 0-575-12763-5)
  • Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (2014)
  • Bête (2014, ISBN 978-0-575-12768-5)
  • The Thing Itself (2015)
  • The Real-Town Murders (2017)
  • By the Pricking of Her Thumb (2018)[5]
  • The Black Prince (2018)

Novellas and short story collections

  • Park Polar (2002)
  • Jupiter Magnified (2003)
  • Swiftly: Stories (2004)
  • "S-Bomb" in Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (2008, ISBN 0-9802114-0-9)
  • Anticopernicus (2011)
  • Adam Robots (2013)
  • "Trademark Bugs: A Legal History", Reach for Infinity (2014)[6]
  • Saint Rebor (2015)
  • Bethany (2016)
  • The Lake Boy (2018)



  • Silk and Potatoes: Contemporary Arthurian Fantasy (1998)
  • Science Fiction: the New Critical Idiom (2000, second edition 2005)
  • Tolkien: A Look Behind "The Lord of the Rings" (with Lin Carter) (updated edition 2003)
  • The History of Science Fiction (Palgrave Histories of Literature) (2006, second edition 2016)
  • The Riddles of The Hobbit (Palgrave McMillan) (2013)
  • Sibilant Fricative: Essays and Reviews (2014)
  • Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014 (2015)


  • Wodwo Vergil (2018)

Other non-fiction

  • Get Started in: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (2014, ISBN 978-1-4447-9565-3)


  1. ^ "Roberts, Adam (Adam Charles)". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Adam Roberts". The Guardian. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  3. ^ "2014 Sidewise Award Finalists". Locus. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  4. ^ Adam Roberts Lecture Podcast Now Available, The J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature, 14 May 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Alexander, Niall (12 June 2014). Jonathan Strahan, ed. "Step into the Stars: Reach for Infinity". Retrieved 13 December 2015.

External links

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Gradisil is a science fiction novel by British author Adam Roberts.

Land of the Headless

Land of the Headless is a science fiction novel by the British writer Adam Roberts, published in 2007.

On (novel)

On is the second novel by Adam Roberts. According to the author's website, reviews of the novel were either extremely positive, or extremely negative.

Salt (novel)

Salt is a novel by British science fiction author Adam Roberts.

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys is a school of over 1,300 pupils and staff, located on the outskirts of Canterbury, Kent. It holds both foundation and grammar school status.

Its sister school is Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School.

It is situated on the B2068 towards the Canterbury bypass, south of the city.

Students from all over East Kent, within nine miles of the school (with some exceptions), typically join the school in Year 7 and can then stay on until GCSE examinations in Year 11. However, the majority of students decide to stay on into the sixth form. The lower school (Years 7–11) is boys-only and the sixth form is mixed-sex.

Matthew Baxter was appointed Executive Headteacher of both schools in June 2017.

Splinter (novel)

Splinter, published in 2007, is a science fiction novel by the British writer Adam Roberts. It is based on an earlier story by the author, "Hector Servadac, fils", which was part of The Mammoth Book of Jules Verne Adventures. It is a reworking of Off on a Comet, an 1877 novel by Jules Verne. The hardcover edition of the novel is included in a slipcase with a hardcover edition of Off on a Comet.

Star Warped (novel)

Star Warped is a farcical 2005 spoof novel by British writer Adam Roberts, based on the six Star Wars films.

Roberts has previously parodied the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in The Soddit and The Sellamillion.

Stone (novel)

Stone, published in 2002, is a science fiction novel by the British writer Adam Roberts.

The Snow (novel)

The Snow, published in 2004, is a science fiction novel by the British writer Adam Roberts. It is set in the present day and, latterly, the near future. It concerns the appearance of a heavy, prolonged fall of snow, which eventually blankets the earth in a layer of snow literally miles thick.

The Soddit

The Soddit or Let's Cash in Again is a 2003 parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, written by A.R.R.R. Roberts. The book jacket states: "Following on (inevitably, some might say) from the frankly unlikely success of Bored of the Rings comes a new book from an entirely different author that parodys [sic] Tolkien's other (and undoubtedly shorter) masterpiece."

The book consists of primarily slapstick-style jokes, with characters of slightly different names from the original ones (for example, Bingo as opposed to Bilbo) and a slightly altered main storyline. As the book progresses, the story departs further and further from the original storyline that it parodies. It is also illustrated in 'Glorius Mono-colour' (again stated on the book jacket) by Douglas Carrel.

The Va Dinci Cod

The Va Dinci Cod: A Fishy Parody is a parody of the New York Times Bestseller The Da Vinci Code. It was written by British critic and novelist Adam Roberts under the pen name Don Brine (a parody of Dan Brown). The character names in the novels are reminiscent of the well-known characters: Sophie Nudivue (Sophie Neveu), Robert Donglan (Robert Langdon), and Curvy Tash (Bezu Fache). It was published in 2005 by Harper Collins.

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