Robert Adams (science fiction writer)

Franklin Robert Adams (August 31, 1933 – January 4, 1990), who wrote as Robert Adams, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, and formerly a career soldier. He is best known for his Horseclans books.

Robert Adams
Born(1933-08-31)August 31, 1933
Danville, Virginia
DiedJanuary 4, 1990(1990-01-04) (aged 56)
NationalityUnited States
GenreScience fiction, fantasy


Robert Adams is known primarily for his post-apocalyptic fiction. His first book Coming of the Horseclans, published in 1975, was the first of his post-apocalyptic works that drew in readers,[1] and launched his entire Horseclans series. The series is notable for having a detailed world and labyrinthine timeline (many of his Horseclans books are so cross-referenced that they make sense only when read in sequential order). The Horseclans series became his overall best-known works.[1] While he never completed the series, he wrote 18 novels in the Horseclans series before his death.[1]

From 1979 to 1989, Adams published several books as part of the Castaways in Time book series. They used some elements of the "Horseclans" novels (phonetic accents and themes of civilization versus barbarism).[1] While not as popular as the Horseclans series, it has a cult following for its unique premises.

Beginning in 1985, Adams published several anthologies which he co-edited with a number of editors including Martin H. Greenberg, Pamela Crippen Adams, and Charles G. Waugh.[1]

He later began publishing The Stairway to Forever book series in 1988, but only was able to complete two books in the series before his death.[1]

Adams' style includes a violent, almost non-stop action focus, and a meticulous detail for matters both historical and military. As some of his series went on he went on digressions expounding on various topics from a conservative and libertarian viewpoint.

Adams died in Apopka, Florida on January 4, 1990.[1]


Some of Adams's works, which ceased being printed after his death, have been reissued by Mundania Press.




  1. The Coming of the Horseclans (1975)
  2. Swords of the Horseclans (1976)
  3. Revenge of the Horseclans (1977)
  4. A Cat of Silvery Hue (1979)
  5. The Savage Mountains (1979)
  6. The Patrimony (1980)
  7. Horseclans Odyssey (1981)
  8. The Death of a Legend (1981)
  9. The Witch Goddess (1982)
  10. Bili the Axe (1982)
  11. Champion of the Last Battle (1983)
  12. A Woman of the Horseclans (1983)
  13. Horses of the North (1985)
  14. A Man Called Milo Morai (1986)
  15. The Memories of Milo Morai (1986)
  16. Trumpets of War (1987)
  17. Madman's Army (1987)
  18. The Clan of the Cats (1988)

Castaways in TimeEdit

  1. Castaways in Time (1980)
  2. The Seven Magical Jewels of Ireland (1984)
  3. Of Quests and Kings (1986)
  4. Of Chiefs and Champions (1987)
  5. Of Myths and Monsters (1988)
  6. Of Beginnings and Endings (1989)

Stairway to ForeverEdit

  1. The Stairway to Forever (1988)
  2. Monsters and Magicians (1988)
  3. Guideposts to Danger (planned title, never written)

Anthologies editedEdit

Magic in Ithkar (with Andre Norton)Edit

  1. Magic in Ithkar (1985)
  2. Magic in Ithkar 2 (1985)
  3. Magic in Ithkar 3 (1987)
  4. Magic in Ithkar 4 (1987)


  • Barbarians (1986), ed. (with Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh)
  • Barbarians II (1987), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • Friends of the Horseclans (1987), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams)
  • Friends of the Horseclans II (1989), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams)
  • Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds (1987), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • Hunger for Horror (1988), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers (1988) (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)
  • Alternatives (1989) (with Pamela Crippen-Adams)
  • Phantom Regiments (1990), ed. (with Pamela Crippen-Adams and Martin H. Greenberg)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Guide to the Robert Adams Papers". University of California Riverside Libraries. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "ADAMS, (Franklin) ROBERT" at "Books, Listed by Author", The Locus Index to Science Fiction, accessed December 30, 2009.

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