Keith John Kingston Roberts (20 September 1935 – 5 October 2000), was an English science fiction author. He began publishing with two stories in the September 1964 issue of Science Fantasy magazine, "Anita" (the first of a series of stories featuring a teenage modern witch and her eccentric granny) and "Escapism".
Several of his early stories were written using the pseudonym Alistair Bevan. His second novel, Pavane, which is a collection of linked stories, may be his most famous work: an alternate history novel in which the Roman Catholic Church takes control of England following the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I.
Roberts wrote numerous novels and short stories, and also worked as an illustrator. His artistic contributions include covers and interior artwork for New Worlds and Science Fantasy, later renamed Impulse. He also edited the last few issues of Impulse although the nominal editor was Harry Harrison.
Roberts' first novel, The Furies, makes an appearance in the American TV series Bones in the third season's third episode "Death in the Saddle" (9 October 2007).
Roberts described himself as a political conservative and an anti-communist.
In later life, Roberts lived in Salisbury. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990, and died of its complications in October 2000. Obituaries recalled him as a talented but personally "difficult" author, with a history of disputes with publishers, editors and colleagues.British Science Fiction Association Award 1982 – Short fiction: "Kitemaster" (Interzone, Spring 1982)
British Science Fiction Association Award 1986 – Short fiction: "Kaeti and the Hangman" (Kaeti & Company)
British Science Fiction Association Award 1986 – Artist: Keith Roberts
British Science Fiction Association Award 1987 – Novel: Gráinne
Nebula Award 1971 – Best Novella: "The God House" (New Worlds Quarterly No. 1, 1971)
British Science Fiction Association Award 1980 – Novel: Molly Zero
Hugo Award 1981 – Best Novelette: "The Lordly Ones" (Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 1980)
British Science Fiction Association Award 1985 – Novel: Kiteworld
John W. Campbell Memorial Award 1986 (Joint 3rd place): Kiteworld
Nebula Award 1987 – Best Novella: "The Tiger Sweater" (Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1987)
Arthur C. Clarke Award 1988: Gráinne