Adam Robots

By Adam Roberts

Rating: 3 stars

Adam Roberts is good at short stories. In the introduction, he says that this collection contains his attempts to write a story in each of the myriad genres within SF, and although I haven’t counted, it certainly feels like he’s succeeded. Each story has a new idea, from the Biblical Adam of robots to time travel, space opera, dystopia and more. The only problem, for me, at least, is that eventually it becomes wearing. I found myself longing for a run of a few good, simple, adventure stories. However, I readily accept that this is my failing, not the book’s (nor the author’s). There were a few stories towards the end that I really didn’t like, Wonder: A Story in Two is probably the one that made me want to throw the book across the room the most. This felt very experimental and “New Wave-y”, but since I’ve never really been a fan of the New Wave, it totally left me cold.

There is, however, an awful lot to like. From the very meta Review: Thomas Hodgkin, ‘Denis Bayle: a Life’ (a review of a biography of a fictional SF author) to And Tomorrow And, a very funny retelling of Macbeth. So as I say, there’s an awful lot to enjoy, but it’s probably worth taking your time over.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575130357
Publisher: Gollancz
Year of publication: 2013

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