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Chris Roberson is a writer, editor, and publisher. His story "O One," which appeared in Live Without A Net (Roc, 2003), won the 2003 Sidewise Award for Best Short-Form Alternate History, was listed as an Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Year's Best Science Fiction, and was short-listed for the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. In 2003, Roberson and his business partner and spouse Allison Baker launched the independent press MonkeyBrain Books, an imprint specializing in nonfiction genre studies. Releases include the extraordinary talents of Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Jonathan Lethem, Robert J. Sawyer, Michael Swanwick, China MiƩville, Jeff VanderMeer, Jess Nevins, Lou Anders, and more. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, their daughter, and his library.


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Nick Gevers, Locus Magazine
on "Red Hands, Black Hands"

The atmosphere is sumptuous, the invention lavish; the experience of reading the story is mind-expanding

Entertainment Weekly
on "Here, There & Everywhere"

Roberson's irreverent alternate histories of the Beatles, Sherlock Holmes, and H.G. Wells are a welcome stitch in the age-old time-travel tradition.

Here, There & Everywhere is an intelligent, witty and rewarding not-quite-debut from a writer who appears to have a bright future, at least in this timeline. And I think you'd prefer to live in the universe in which you chose to read his work, rather than the one in which you picked up some Star Wars graphic novel instead.

Paul Goat Allen
The Barnes & Nobles Review

As profound as it is irreverent, Here, There & Everywhere is an enthralling blend of science fiction, alternate history, adventure, and mystery. Reminiscent of Rudy Rucker's classic Master of Space and Time, Roberson's debut is, above all else, pure unadulterated fun.

Publishers Weekly
on "Here, There & Everywhere"

If Roberson tends to tell in his first novel rather than show as he does in his short fiction (his stories have been finalists for World Fantasy and Sidewise awards), this episodic romp through the Myriad, where literally every version of events plays out, offers many felicities, not least a spunky heroine. Clever popular culture references, amusing showdowns and true human feeling lift this well-crafted debut.

Michael Berry
San Francisco Chronicle

"Here, There & Everywhere" is a group of short stories melded into a single narrative. Roberson does a reasonable job of cobbling the disparate elements into a cohesive whole, giving Roxanne an overarching conflict that is eventually resolved in a satisfying manner. He also displays an infectious enthusiasm for the conventions of pulp adventure fiction and sufficient wit and skill to maneuver around their pitfalls. His book is always fun, thoughtful and clever in the way it uses the latest theories about cosmology to rationalize Roxanne's multidimensional sojourns. Here, There & Everywhere is an enjoyable romp by a promising new voice in science fiction.