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Kelly Robson Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Waters of Versailles (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Human Stain (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Kelly Robson is an award-winning Canadian author of short fiction, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories. She has written a number of widely successful standalone books and novellas in her career that have appeared in major markets of speculative fiction. Many of Robson’s stories have been chosen for the best anthologies of the year and have been translated into multiple foreign languages. Besides her writing projects, Robson is a frequent contributor to the column called Clarkesworld’s Another World. In 2018, author Robson wrote and published an adventure story about time travel called Gods, Monsters & the Lucky Peach. It received high critical appreciation from many critics all over the world. Robson won the 2018 Nebula Award in the Best Novelette category for her story called A Human Stain. In the same year, another story of Robson, We Who Live in the Heart, was a Theodore Sturgeon prize finalist.

Author Robson has also been a finalist for the 2017 John Campbell Award as well as the 2016 World Fantasy and Nebula Awards, and the winner of the 2016 Prix Aurora Award for one of her novellas. Likewise, Robson has won and has been nominated for many other prestigious awards throughout her writing career. Author Robson was born and brought up near the Canadian Rockies’ foothills. She used to compete in gymkhanas and rodeos a lot during her earlier years. Robson was even crowned as the princess of the HBH Rodeo. Between 2008 and 2012, she worked as a column writer for the largest women’s magazine in Canada, Chatelaine.

After living in Vancouver for 22 years, Robson relocated to her new home in Toronto along with her gay partner and wife A.M. Dellamonica, who is also an author of science fiction stories. While growing up, Robson had developed an interest in reading and had turned herself into a passionate reader. She spent a major part of her teenage years hanging out near drugstores waiting patiently for the latest issues of Asimov’s SF magazine. Also, Robson used to lurk in the Science Fiction & Fantasy division of bookstores whenever she was in the city. Robson says that it was the time when the world was not hit by the Internet storm. Her town didn’t have any bookstores and libraries were very scarce. So, Robson used to consider her favorite books as the most precious treasures of her life and spend most of her time reading them.

Even today, she considers no other thing as important as reading, and nothing as delicious as a good novel. She rarely gives other people any importance over her favorite writers. Robson thinks that her life as a writer has been pretty much diverse. Initially, she used to edit science books, write columns, and then slowly moved on to write her own novels. The short fictions written by her have been published in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Tor.com, and several other anthologies. The past year has been quite great for Robson and hopes that all the years in the future bring the same luck and success to her life and career. Author Robson is represented by the literary agent named Hannah Bowman of the Liza Dawson Associates. She likes to be in constant touch with her fans and find out what they think of her stories. Their important feedback and suggestions help her to improve her current projects as per the taste and expectation of the readers. Robson also remains active on social media and blogs regularly. She is followed by numerous fans all across the globe.

A popular story written by author Kelly Robson is entitled ‘A Human Stain’. It was released in 2017 by the Tor.com publication. This novelette’s disturbing & horror story is set in Germany and revolves around the life of a British expatriate, who is given the task of looking after a friend’s young and recently orphaned nephew. The central characters of the novel include Barchen, Helen, Peter, and several others. Initially, Helen is introduced as the British expatriate. She is a close friend of Barchen, who requests her to come to his family’s home located in Bavaria for spending the summer. Barchen also asks Helen to take care of his orphaned nephew named Peter and teach him English.

Helen sees it as an opportunity to earn some money and pay off her debts incurred during her stay in Paris. She accepts the offer and agrees to travel to Germany with Barchen. After arriving in Bavaria, Helen sees that Barchen’s family home is similar to a castle. It is located near lake Meresee, surrounded by Bavarian Alps, and no neighbors around. The house has several inhabitants, including a nursemaid who talks quite less, two unskilled servants, and little Peter. While Barchen mourns the death of his elder brother and keeps himself secluded from others, Helen tries to get acquainted with the inhabitants and the huge house. The more she learns about the isolated place, the more she realizes that something is not right. This story continues to creep up at a steady pace and reveals many horrific details as it proceeds further. Many critics have recommended this story as a must read for all the fans of horror stories. The worldwide success of this story helped it to win the prestigious Nebula Award.

Another fascinating novel penned by Robson is known as ‘Gods, Monsters, & Lucky Peach’. It was also released by Tor.com in 2018. The main character of this fantasy novel is depicted as Minh. Robson has set the plot in the 23rd century and has described an adventurous journey in which humanity faces the dilemma of repairing the ruined planet or living in a less shadowy past. The book opens by showing that the Earth is trying to recover from its global ecological disaster in the year 2267. An important human species helping in the recovery is Minh, who belongs to an old generation of humans who had moved to underground hells when disasters and ruining had started taking place. Now, Minh has returned to the Earth’s surface in order to reclaim the ancestral habitat of humanity. Throughout her life, she has tried to restore river ecosystems. But, the recent restoration works taken up by Minh get stalled because of time travel’s invention. When she gets a chance to use this new technology, Minh gathers a team of trustworthy people to travel with her to the year 2000 BC and examine the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. During the survey, Minh gets involved in uncovering the hidden secrets about the think tank controlling the technology of time travel.

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