Keith Roberts

(Keith John Kingston Roberts)
UK flag (1935 - 2000)

aka Alistair Bevan

Keith John Kingston Roberts was a British science fiction author.

Several of his early stories were written using the pseudonym Alistair Bevan. His second novel, Pavane, which is really a collection of linked stories, may be his most famous work: an alternate history novel in which the Roman Catholic Church takes control of England following the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I.

Roberts wrote numerous novels and short stories, and also worked as an illustrator. His artistic contributions include covers and interior artwork for New Worlds and Science Fantasy, later renamed Impulse. He also edited the last few issues of Impulse although the nominal editor was Harry Harrison.

In later life, Roberts lived in Salisbury. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990, and died of its complications in October 2000. Obituaries recalled him as a talented but personally 'difficult' author, with a history of disputes with publishers, editors and colleagues.
   The Furies (1966)
   Pavane (1968)
   Anita (1970)
   The Inner Wheel (1970)
   The Boat of Fate (1971)
   Molly Zero (1980)
   Kiteworld (1985)
   Kaeti and Company (1986)
   Kaeti's Apocalypse (1986)
   Grainne (1987)
   The Road to Paradise (1988)
   The Event (1989)
   Kaeti on Tour (1992)
   Machines and Men (1973)
   The Chalk Giants (1974)
   The Grain Kings (1976)
   The Passing of the Dragons (1977)
   Ladies from Hell (1979)
   The Lordly Ones (1986)
   A Heron Caught in Weeds (1987)
   Winterwood (1989)
Non fiction
   Bruegel (1971)
   Degas (1976)
   Irish Encounters (1988)
   Lemady (1997)
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Omnibus editions
Anthologies containing stories by Keith Roberts
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Short stories
The Grain Kings [short story]
I Lose Medea
The Trustie Tree
The White Boat
Boulter's Canaries (1965)
The Furies (part two) (1965)
Idiot's Lantern (1965)
The Inner Wheel [short story] (1965)
Sub-Lim (1965)
Manscarer (1966)
The Scarlet Lady (1966) (as by Alistair Bevan)
The Signaller (1966)
Synth (1966)
Timothy (1966)
Coranda (1967)
Therapy 2000 (1969)
The God House (1971)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Passing of the Dragons [short story] (1972)
Weihnachtsabend (1972)
The Lake of Tuonela (1973)
The Ministry of Children (1975)
The Shack at Great Cross Halt (1977)
The Lordly Ones [short story] (1980)Hugo (nominee)
Kaeti's Nights (1981)
Kitemistress (1985)
The Inn at the World's End (1986)
The Tiger Sweater (1987)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Measured Perspective (1990)
Mrs Byres and the Dragon (1990)

Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1972) : The God House
Hugo Best Novellette nominee (1981) : The Lordly Ones [short story]
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1986) : Kiteworld
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (1988) : Grainne
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1988) : The Tiger Sweater

Keith Roberts recommends
Mythago Wood (1984)
(Mythago Wood, book 1)
Robert Holdstock
"One of the strangest, most beautiful and most compelling fantasies I have ever read. A marvel of a book"

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