Adams, Robert

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(1932-1990) US soldier and author best known for his Post-Holocaust Horseclans sequence of adventures set after 2500 CE in a series of states occupying what was once the USA and dominated from behind the scenes by a strain of immortal Mutants, while an unsavoury group of human scientists opposes them from a secret base. Occasionally the reader gains sight of repulsive sects who decayedly parody twentieth-century movements – Ecology, for instance – that were bêtes-noires of the author, who was not averse to polemical intrusions which have not perhaps worn very well, though he did not utter the full-blown Survivalist doctrines adopted by writers who followed him. The sequence begins with The Coming of the Horseclans (1975; exp 1982), Swords of the Horseclans (1977) and Revenge of the Horseclans (1977) – all three being assembled as Tales of the Horseclans (omni 1985) – and ends with The Clan of the Cats (1988). Two Shared-World anthologies – Friends of the Horseclans (anth 1987) and Friends of the Horseclans II (anth 1989) – also appeared, both edited with his wife, Pamela Crippen Adams. A second series, the Castaways in Time alternate-history Time-Travel sequence, begins with Castaways in Time (1980) and ends with Of Beginnings and Endings (1989). Most of his remaining work, including another, unfinished series, was fantasy; some of his anthologies, however – including Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds (anth 1987) with Pamela Crippen Adams and Martin H Greenberg, Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers (anth 1988) with Pamela Crippen Adams and Martin H Greenberg and Alternatives (anth 1989) with Pamela Crippen Adams – were of sf interest. [JC]

see also: Alternate History; Sword and Sorcery.

Franklin Robert Adams

born Danville, Virginia: 31 August 1932

died Apopka, Florida: 4 January 1990




Castaways in Time

Stairway to Forever

works as editor



Magic in Ithkar

Friends of the Horseclans

individual titles


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