Adam Roberts (British writer)

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Adam Roberts
Roberts at Salon du livre 2008 (Paris, France)
Roberts at Salon du livre 2008 (Paris, France)
Born Adam Roberts
(1965-06-30) 30 June 1965 (age 53)
Pen name A.R.R.R. Roberts
A3R Roberts
Don Brine
Occupation Academic, critic, writer
Nationality British
Citizenship British
Education PhD
Alma mater University of Aberdeen
Cambridge University
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, parody
Notable works Salt, Gradisil, Yellow Blue Tibia, By Light Alone, Jack Glass
Notable awards BSFA Award for Best Novel
2012 Jack Glass
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee
2001 Salt
2007 Gradisil
2010 Yellow Blue Tibia

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.


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] Roberts' science fiction has been praised by many critics both inside and outside the genre, with some of the latter going so far as to describe him as being on a par with such past masters of the genre as Pel Torro, John E. Muller, and Karl Zeigfreid.

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[edit]


Novellas and short story collections[edit]

  • 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)



  • 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[edit]


  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.
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  6. ^ Alexander, Niall (12 June 2014). Jonathan Strahan, ed. "Step into the Stars: Reach for Infinity". Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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