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The Real-Town Murders - Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts has a reputation for clever, ideas-dense speculative fiction.  His latest novel is The Real-Town Murders (review copy from Gollancz).  The novel is a near-future murder mystery and thriller that opens with a classic locked room mystery: a body is found in the boot of a car fresh off a manufacturing line that is covered by CCTV from start to finish.  282 more words


"Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea" by Adam Roberts (2014)

“On the 29th June, 1958, the submarine vessel Plongeur left the French port of Saint-Nazaire under the command of Capitaine de vaisseau Adam Cloche.”

The oceans of the Earth remain the last unexplored frontier of the planet. 725 more words

Science Fiction

Review: The Real-Town Murders, by Adam Roberts

In a previous review about Adam Roberts’s novel The Thing Itself, I stated that Roberts’s forte is taking older works of science fiction and re-imagining and reinvigorating them for the twenty-first century.  1,160 more words

Science Fiction

THE REAL-TOWN MURDERS by Adam Roberts (Patreon)

The Real-Town Murders, Adam Roberts (Gollancz, ISBN 978-1-473-22145-1, HC, stg£16.99, 230pp). September 2017. 

The Real-Town Murders is the first novel by Adam Roberts I’ve managed to finish, if not the first I’ve tried to read. 671 more words


Shoreline of Infinity 8 1/2

Last week, I finally got to read Shoreline of Infinity 8 1/2, the Edinburgh Book Festival Special Edition. Strictly speaking, I could have read it as soon as it came out – I had a digital contributor copy, but I like reading physical books. 687 more words



Adam Roberts’ new novel The Real-Town Murders (2017) is more like the author’s Jack Glass (2012) than The Thing Itself (2015), in that it is plot-driven and accessible rather than idea-driven and deep. 68 more words