Adam Roberts (British writer)

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Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts 20080315 Salon du livre 1.jpg
Roberts at Salon du livre 2008 (Paris, France)
Born Adam Roberts
(1965-06-30) 30 June 1965 (age 51)
Pen name A.R.R.R. Roberts
A3R Roberts
Don Brine
Occupation Academic, critic, writer
Nationality English
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
For other people with this name, see Adam Roberts (disambiguation).

Adam Charles Roberts (born 30 June 1965)[1] is a British academic, critic and novelist. He also writes parodies under the pseudonyms of A.R.R.R. Roberts,[2] A3R Roberts and Don Brine.

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.[3] 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.[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)[5]
  • 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)
  • The Riddles of The Hobbit (Palgrave McMillan) (2013)

Other non-fiction[edit]


  1. ^ "Roberts, Adam (Adam Charles)". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Damien Walter. "Adam Roberts: last of the SF writers | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Adam Roberts". The Guardian. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  4. ^ "2014 Sidewise Award Finalists". Locus. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  5. ^ Alexander, Niall (12 June 2014). Jonathan Strahan, ed. "Step into the Stars: Reach for Infinity". Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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