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Author Keith Roberts Dies
British fantasy writer and illustrator was 65.
By Denise Dumars
December 15, 2000
British science fiction and fantasy author and illustrator Keith Roberts died on Monday, Oct. 16. He was 65. I only just found out about it as his death was not covered by my usual SF sources. This is a damn shame, as Roberts never received the recognition he deserved.
He's best known for the alternate history novel Pavane
, which was written decades before the current boom in that subgenre. His Anita
series of fantasy novels feature a young witch as protagonist. Roberts was known for his strong female protagonists.
Steve Holland proclaims that Roberts was not better known because he 'seemed unable to form steady relationships, professional or personal....for years he refused to deal with major publishers, accusing them of creative accounting over the royalties of his early books.' Holland also says that Roberts '...could be withdrawn and uncommunicative, yet on other occasions would be a good companion.' To read all of Holland's essay and obituary, go to: www.booksunlimited.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,383166,00.html.
At the time of his death Roberts had just had a new short novel serialized in Spectrum SF
and had recently signed a deal with Wildside Press. He died of complications arising from a chest infection.