John Maddox Roberts

John Maddox Roberts
Born (1947-06-25) June 25, 1947 (age 71)[citation needed]
Ohio, US

John Maddox Roberts (born June 25, 1947 in Ohio[citation needed]) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy novels, including historical fiction, such as the SPQR series and Hannibal's Children.

Personal life[]

John Maddox Roberts was born in Ohio and was raised in Texas, California, New Mexico.[1] He has lived in various places in the United States as well as in Scotland, England and Mexico.[2] He was kicked out of college in 1967 and joined the Army.[1] He was in the US Army 1967–70, and did a tour in Vietnam. After he returned, he became a Green Beret.[2]

He lives with his wife in Estancia, New Mexico.[3]


Upon his return to civilian life, Roberts decided to be a writer and sold his first book to Doubleday in 1975;[1] his book was published in 1977 as The Strayed Sheep of Charum.[4] His earlier books were in the science fiction, fantasy and historical genres.[1]

In 1989, Roberts published his first historical mystery, The King's Gambit, set in ancient Rome. The book was nominated for the Edgar Award as best mystery of the year.[4] The book was first in Maddox's SPQR series of mysteries.[1]

Roberts also write a series of contemporary detective novels about a private eye named Gabe Treloar. The first book, A Typical American Town, is set in a fictionalized version of that Ohio town where he was born. The second, The Ghosts of Saigon, used his experiences in Vietnam. The third, Desperate Highways, is a road novel.[1]

When asked by TSR to do a Dragonlance mystery, he wrote Murder in Tarsis.[1] Roberts wrote an unpublished science fiction book called The Line, a police procedural set in a near-future Los Angeles where the biggest racket is illegal traffic in fetal pineal glands.[1]


Cingulum series[]

Island Worlds series[]

Conan series[]

Dragonlance series[]

Falcon Series[]

An action series telling the story of a Crusader returning to Europe to seek vengeance on his father's killers (each written under the pen name of Mark Ramsay)

Gabe Treloar series[]

Space Angel series[]

SPQR series[]

Mystery series set in Ancient Rome

Stormlands series[]

Hannibal series[]

Individual novels[]

Short stories[]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "John Maddox Roberts". Archived from the original on February 24, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "John Maddox Roberts online Forum". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  3. ^ [1] retrieved August 31, 2010
  4. ^ a b [2]

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