GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author from Bristol. He is the author of five novels, including Ack-Ack Macaque, which co-won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel. His books have been published in the UK, Germany, the USA and Japan, and have all received enthusiastic reviews in The Guardian.
Gareth’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including six in Interzone, and he has received several ‘honourable mentions’ in Gardner Dozois’s Best New SF collections. In 2007, one of his short stories came top of the Interzone annual readers’ poll for best short story of the year. He has also co-written a novelette with Aliette de Bodard, and given guest lectures on creative writing at Bath Spa University. He has written articles for The Irish Times, SFX, SF Signal, Mass Movement Magazine, and Acoustic Magazine, and, in 2012, he achieved a boyhood ambition when he was given the chance to pen a strip for Britain’s long-running sci-fi and fantasy comic, 2000 AD.
Gareth has been interviewed by numerous magazines, websites, local radio shows and podcasts, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme. He is a regular attendee at British genre conventions and was a guest of honour at BristolCon in 2012.
Gareth was born in a Georgian town house in the historic Bristol suburb of Clifton, a few hundred yards from Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. At the age of fifteen, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to discuss one of his early short stories over coffee with Diana Wynne Jones, who gave him some invaluable pointers and some handwritten notes he treasures to this day. He went on to study creative writing under Helen Dunmore and Tony Curtis at the University of Glamorgan, after which he worked in several office-based jobs, spent ten years working in marketing for a large European software provider, provided public relations support to a disabled children’s charity, and then gave it all up to become a full-time writer and stay-at-home dad.
He lives near Bristol with his wife, two daughters and a cat.