The Black Prince

The Black Prince

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

'I'm working on a novel intended to express the feel of England in Edward III's time ... The fourteenth century of my novel will be mainly evoked in terms of smell and visceral feelings, and it will carry an undertone of general disgust rather than hey-nonny nostalgia' – Anthony Burgess, Paris Review, 1973 The Black Prince is a brutal historical tale of chivalry, religious belief, obsession, siege and bloody warfare. From disorientating depictions of medieval battles to court intrigues and betrayals, the campaigns of Edward II, the Black Prince, are brought to vivid life by an author in complete control of the novel as a way of making us look at history with fresh eyes, all while staying true to the linguistic pyrotechnics and narrative verve of Burgess's best work.
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Bête

Bête

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

A man is about to kill a cow. He discusses life and death and his right to kill with the compliant animal. He begins to suspect he may be about to commit murder. But kills anyway... It began when the animal rights movement injected domestic animals with artificial intelligences in bid to have the status of animals realigned by the international court of human rights. But what is an animal that can talk? Where does its intelligence end at its machine intelligence begin? And where might its soul reside? As we place more and more pressure on the natural world and become more and more divorced, Adam Roberts' new novel posits a world where nature can talk back, and can question us and our beliefs. Adam Roberts is an award-winning author at the peak of his powers and each new novel charts an exciting new direction while maintaining a uniformly high level of literary achievement.
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The Parodies Collection

The Parodies Collection

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

Here, collected together for the first time in eBook (because quite frankly, who would want to carry all of these around as actual books? Imagine the scorn on the bus!) are seven of Adam Roberts’ superb parodies of popular culture. From the Soddit and his not-a-shameless-cash-in journey to the cavern of Smug the dragon - during which he finds a ring, which may well feature in later books and/or films - to A dragon with a girl tattoo (look, it was very popular at the time, OK?), here you will find lovingly crafted, affectionate (well, sometimes) takes on some of the most loved - or at least financially successful - “works of art” of our time. Contains THE SODDIT, DOCTOR WHOM, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE McATRIX DERIDED, STAR WARPED, THE SELLAMILLION and THE VA DINCI COD.
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Polystom

Polystom

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

Adam Roberts' fourth novel is his most ambitious yet. In a feat of extraordinary world building he creates a universe where a breathable atmosphere extends out between the planets, where aristocrats cruise interstellar space in biplanes and skywhals make mysterious distant orbits. Then, with bravura plotting, he undermines our own notions of reality and leaves the reader unsure which universe to believe in. Gaining a reputation as one of the UK's leading SF stylists and masters of the high-concept, Roberts, shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award with his debut novel SALT, confirms his extraordinary potential with POLYSTOM. Review“A poison chalice of delights.” -- New York Review of Science FictionProduct DescriptionIn a feat of extraordinary imagination, Adam Roberts creates a universe in which a breathable atmosphere extends out between the planets, aristocrats cruise interstellar space in biplanes, Skywhals make mysterious distant orbits, and a fruitless war has dragged on for years. With bravura plotting, Roberts presents two universes, challenging our very notions of reality.
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On

On

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

SUMMARY:"Adam Roberts has got what it takes."--Peter F. HamiltonTighe lives on a wall that towers above his village and falls away below it. Though vast and unforgiving, the Worldwall is all he and his people know, and they cling on for dear life. Until one day, Tighe falls--and falls, and falls...and survives. He finds a new part of the wall, a vast expanse of cluttered ledges packed with more people then he ever imagined existed. More than that, he encounters war, fought by the Popes and their armies. A war he must join, and that will take him on a journey into the heart of the mystery behind the wall. Endlessly imaginative, this novel by the acclaimed author of Salt presents a radically different universe than any you've read about before. "Adam Roberts has got what it takes."--Peter F. HamiltonTighe lives on a wall that towers above his village and falls away below it. Though vast and unforgiving, the Worldwall is all he and his people know, and they cling on for dear life. Until one day, Tighe falls--and falls, and falls...and survives. He finds a new part of the wall, a vast expanse of cluttered ledges packed with more people then he ever imagined existed. More than that, he encounters war, fought by the Popes and their armies. A war he must join, and that will take him on a journey into the heart of the mystery behind the wall. Endlessly imaginative, this novel by the acclaimed author of Salt presents a radically different universe than any you've read about before.
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The Wonga Coup

The Wonga Coup

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

In March 2004 a group led by Nick Du Toit and former SAS member Simon Mann tried to overthrow the tyrannical Obiang Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea. They were working for investors, allegedly including Mark Thatcher and "J.H. Archer", who wanted to seize control of Africa's third largest oil producer. Roberts tells how the coup was set up and abandoned at the last minute, and how the plotters were seized and subsequently tortured. The new material includes an account of Mann's illegal abduction from prison in 2008; his dramatic trial, in which he accuses named individuals, including Thatcher, of being deeply involved in the plot; Thatcher's fears of "extraordinary rendition" to Equatorial Guinea; and Eli Calil's revelatory admission that he supported forced regime change in Equatorial Guinea.
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Haven

Haven

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

Young Forktongue Davy has visions; epilepsy, his Ma calls it. He's barely able to help around the family farm.But something about the lad is attracting attention: the menacing stranger who might be the angel of death himself; the women-only community at Wycombe; Daniel, sent by the mysterious Guz.They all want Davy for their own reasons.But what use can he be to anyone? He has visions of flight, but how can flight ever be possible in this shattered world?A simple farmboy, caught up in events beyond his power to control—but his visions may be the key to the future.
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Doctor Whom or ET Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Parodication

Doctor Whom or ET Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Parodication

Adam Roberts

Science Fiction / Mystery / Fiction

Product DescriptionDoctor Whom, the grammatically correct TimeLord (or should that be Time Lord? Or is it Timelord?) has come to save our universe from the terror's of sloppy syntax and bad grammar. With his intrepid assistant Lynne: hes here to correct greengrocers sign's, popular fiction and government memos (memoes?) before inaccurate and lazy communication rips apart the very fabric of the space time continuum. Is it any wonder that the rise of global warming has coincided with the decline in the teaching of Latin in our schools? I do'nt think so. Will the Doctor save us all? or will his evil nemisises (nemisiss? nemisi?) The Dalek's triumph and rule over a universe where no-one has any clear idea of the correct usage of semi-colons? About the AuthorAdam Roberts is 40 and Professor of 19th century literature at London University. His first novel, Salt, was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.
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