Robert Adams (science fiction writer)
August 31, 1933|
|Died||January 4, 1990(aged 56)|
|Genre||Science fiction, fantasy|
Franklin Robert Adams (August 31, 1933 – January 4, 1990), who wrote as Robert Adams, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, and formerly a career soldier. He is best known for his Horseclans books.
Robert Adams is known primarily for his post-apocalyptic fiction. His first book Coming of the Horseclans, published in 1975, was the first of his post-apocalyptic works that drew in readers, and launched his entire Horseclans series. The series is notable for having a detailed world and labyrinthine timeline (many of his Horseclans books are so cross-referenced that they make sense only when read in sequential order). The Horseclans series became his overall best-known works. While he never completed the series, he wrote 18 novels in the Horseclans series before his death.
From 1979 to 1989, Adams published several books as part of the Castaways in Time book series. They used some elements of the "Horseclans" novels (phonetic accents and themes of civilization versus barbarism). While not as popular as the Horseclans series, it has a cult following for its unique premises.
He later began publishing The Stairway to Forever book series in 1988, but only was able to complete two books in the series before his death.
Adams' style includes a violent, almost non-stop action focus, and a meticulous detail for matters both historical and military. As some of his series went on he went on digressions expounding on various topics from a conservative and libertarian viewpoint.
Some of Adams's works, which ceased being printed after his death, have been reissued by Mundania Press.
- The Coming of the Horseclans (1975)
- Swords of the Horseclans (1976)
- Revenge of the Horseclans (1977)
- A Cat of Silvery Hue (1979)
- The Savage Mountains (1979)
- The Patrimony (1980)
- Horseclans Odyssey (1981)
- The Death of a Legend (1981)
- The Witch Goddess (1982)
- Bili the Axe (1982)
- Champion of the Last Battle (1983)
- A Woman of the Horseclans (1983)
- Horses of the North (1985)
- A Man Called Milo Morai (1986)
- The Memories of Milo Morai (1986)
- Trumpets of War (1987)
- Madman's Army (1987)
- The Clan of the Cats (1988)
Castaways in Time
- Castaways in Time (1980)
- The Seven Magical Jewels of Ireland (1984)
- Of Quests and Kings (1986)
- Of Chiefs and Champions (1987)
- Of Myths and Monsters (1988)
- Of Beginnings and Endings (1989)
Stairway to Forever
- The Stairway to Forever (1988)
- Monsters and Magicians (1988)
- Guideposts to Danger (planned title, never written)
Magic in Ithkar (with Andre Norton)
- Barbarians (1986), ed. (with Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh)
- Barbarians II (1987), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Friends of the Horseclans (1987), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams)
- Friends of the Horseclans II (1989), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams)
- Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds (1987), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Hunger for Horror (1988), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers (1988) (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Alternatives (1989) (with Pamela Crippen-Adams)
- Phantom Regiments (1990), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Archival resources
- The Robert Adams Papers (14 linear feet) are held by the Special Collections & Archives Department of the University of California, Riverside Libraries.