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About the Author: Keith Roberts

Used These Alternate Names: Alistair Bevan , John Kingston , David Stringer

Keith John Kingston Roberts was a British science fiction author. He began publishing with two stories in the September 1964 issue of Science Fantasy magazine, "Anita" (the first of a series of stories featuring a teenage modern witch and her eccentric granny) and "Escapism.

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.


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ISBN10: 8496173038 | ISBN13: 9788496173033

It's the eve of the 20th-century's final conflict. But Stan Potts is ready for Armageddon. In his Austin Champ, specially equipped with his own unique survival kit, he heads for Corfe Castle, the Purbecks & the girl of his dreams. It's to be an eventful journey. This latest & most ambitious novel by Keith Roberts is both the story of one lonely man & a compulsively readable account of a civilisation's catastrophe & the clawing-up to a new social order. Across Potts' gaze pass the ravaged survivors; the mutant genius born outside his time; the villagers of the new stone age with their credulous, sexually complex lives; the iron age horsemen; the terror of the sea-borne marauders. Finally, after the pillage, the cruelty of superstition, the fragility of love & its horrific consequences, the story leaps from the Dark Ages into a new awareness & Stan Potts' tale is told. Dream or reality? Future or racial memory? Forecast or myth? Every reader will pass his own verdict on this uniquely challenging book. But all will agree that The Chalk Giants is 1st & last a stunning feat of story telling, a worthy successor to Pavane & The Boat of Fate by an acknowledged master of the genre.

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