Keith Roberts Critical Essays

Introduction

Roberts, Keith 1935–

Roberts is an English novelist, short story writer, editor, illustrator, and cartoonist. He is best known for his science fiction and fantasy, and has written under the pseudonyms of Alistair Bevan and David Stringer. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 25-28, rev. ed.)

The Inner Wheel is one of those novels which begin with disembodied voices…. After some involvements and misunderstandings, and a last-minute halt to World War III, all ends predictably. This is school of Wyndham, without John Wyndham's smooth way with action—or his crisp enjoyment of English life turned upside down.

"Deadly Dials, Queer Quasars," in The Times Literary Supplement (© Times Newspapers Ltd. (London) 1970; reproduced from The Times Literary Supplement by permission), No. 3567, July 9, 1970, p. 741.∗