Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
This remarkable book of linked stories by one of the best prose stylists in SF is set in a future England that has become a tight little island in a destroyed, postholocaust world. Powerful churches have long kept their grip on the people with a theology of fear that makes formidable demons out of the poor, weak mutants of the surrounding badlands. To ward off these specters, an elaborate, tradition-encrusted system of kites with hex signs or armed observers fly over the realm. The men of this Kite Corps, performing hazardous duty to sustain a myth, are driven to find a separate peace, to transform, if they can, disillusionment into enlightenment, to move forward from an assumption of guilt to an assumption of responsibility. These obdurate moral and intellectual questions, together with a pastoral vision of a working, Constable-esque countryside, and the appealing characters whose lives open up to reveal the web of their society are all part of the debt Roberts owes George Eliot, as he acknowledges by naming a key city Middlemarch. Structurally, however, Roberts is so expansive and indirect that he challenges the reader to put the pieces together and some individual sequences are reticent to the point of obscurity. There is also a strong streak of Victorian, paternalistic fantasy in the repeated rescue of waifs. If it is slow and demanding, this is still a rich, complex work that marks a considerable advance in maturity and skill over Roberts's early stories.


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Hardback Editions

April 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
ISBN: 0-87795-790-8 / 978-0-87795-790-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arbor House
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June 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
ISBN: 0-575-03604-4 / 978-0-575-03604-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

August 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
ISBN: 0-8439-6211-9 / 978-0-8439-6211-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cosmos Books
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May 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Kiteworld (Classic Science Fiction)
Author(s): Keith Roberts
ISBN: 0-14-011069-0 / 978-0-14-011069-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 1988 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
ISBN: 0-441-44851-8 / 978-0-441-44851-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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June 1986 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
ISBN: 0-14-008238-7 / 978-0-14-008238-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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December 1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
ISBN: 1-880448-87-4 / 978-1-880448-87-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Borgo Press
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Audio Editions

September 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
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September 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
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September 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Kiteworld
Author(s): Keith Roberts
Publisher: Gateway
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September 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Kiteworld (Gateway Essentials)
Author(s): Keith Roberts
Publisher: Gateway
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