New Model Army by Adam Roberts

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Adam Roberts' new novel is a terrifying vision of a near future war - a civil war that tears the UK apart as new technologies allow the worlds first truly democratic army to take on the British army and wrest control from the powers that be. Taking advances in modern communication and the new eagerness for power from the bottom upwards Adam Roberts has produced a novel that is at once an exciting war novel and a philosophical examination of war and democracy. It shows one of the UKs most exciting and innovative literary voices working at the height of his powers and investing SF with literary significance that is its due.

About Adam Roberts

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Adam Roberts is 39 and Reader in English at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.
Published April 15, 2010 by Gollancz. 282 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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to critical praise, Roberts's new dystopia is set in a United Kingdom dissolving into civil disorder thanks to Celtic nationalism and a new military approach that has made it possible for small, democratically run military units to defeat much larger, better-funded armies.

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SF Signal

amongst them the idea that SF texts have ‘content’ as distinct from form, and that SF is specifically a description of a mode of representational art-that, to put it another way, if a work of art does not represent anything (does not, for instance, represent something science-fictional) then it i...

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Strange Horizons

How a huge truck ended up parked inside a derelict cinema (how did they even get it through the doors?) is not only not explained, it's not even treated as weird;

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Strange Horizons

Which is to say: it's about the stories people tell and to which they attend, both in the sense that these creatively misrepresenting stories structure our experience of life, and in the meta sense: for this is a novel about a novelist writing a novel that plays games that involve, in a nutshell,...

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Strange Horizons

Like that classic novel of military science fiction about a titular organization, Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Adam Roberts's novel New Model Army quickly plunges its protagonist and first person narrator into a chaotic action sequence in which the heroes do their thing in a way that ampl...

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The Zone

In her book Inventing Human Rights: A History (2007), Lynn Hunt argues that the philosophical foundations of modern human rights legislation were laid not by the great liberal philosophers of the Enlightenment, but by the early writers of the modern novel.

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