Adam Roberts is a professor of English literature at Royal Holloway University and a science fiction author. His latest book is Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (2014). He lives near London.
Why the long face?
Sadness makes us seem nobler, more elegant, more adult. Which is pretty weird, when you think about it
The atheist paradox
Now that Christianity is the dominant religion on the planet, it is unbelievers who have most in common with Christ