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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of Keith Roberts and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Roberts.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Roberts: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Roberts tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Roberts worthy; in sum, to help you rank Keith Roberts (and the works by Roberts listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About Keith Roberts

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other Keith Roberts Resources

It would be stretching, if only by a bit, to say that Roberts is forgotten today, but he surely does not loom large in web-based resources. The foremost is Solaris Books' site, The Worlds of Keith Roberts, which is still marked as "under development", and still shows it (but is valuable anyway). Then there are some interesting personal remembrances of Keith Roberts by several friends and associates, at The Ansible, some of which are also critically helpful. There is an insightful Keith Roberts obituary by Steve Holland in The Guardian. and another useful Roberts obituary by Jack Adrian in the Independent.

Judging by the distribution of one-off book reviews on the web, you'd think Roberts never wrote anything but Pavane; there are reviews of it (this is not an exhaustive list, but I think hits the high spots) by Rich Horton at The SF Site; by Iain Rowan at InfinityPlus; by L. J. Hurst; by Steve Wu; and by SF Reviews. About the only other Roberts book reviewed anywhere is The Inner Wheel, which gets a few short notes at SF Reviews. (That does not count some reviews of his non-fiction books, chiefly British history, which are said to be quite interesting, nor the standard reviews at bookseller sites.)


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Keith Roberts *


(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)


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