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“Brilliant.” – The Guardian

GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning author from the UK. His books are known for their fast-paced action, twisty plots, and engaging, fully-rounded characters.

His alternate history thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel (tying for first place with Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice), and was shortlisted in the best translated novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan.

He is the author of the novels SilversandsThe Recollection, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey and Macaque Attack, and the short fiction collections The Last Reef and Entropic Angel.

His next novel, Embers Of War, will be published by Titan Books in the UK and US in February 2018, and will be followed by the sequels Fleet Of Knives and Light Of Impossible Stars in 2019 and 2020.

He is also currently working on a crime thriller.

Gareth’s short fiction has appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ made the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Award.

Describing his writing, The Guardian says, “The ideas fizz of the page,” while SF Book Reviews places him alongside “Reynolds, Banks and Hamilton at the forefront of science fiction.”

In addition to his fiction, Gareth has penned a strip for the long-running British comic 2000 AD, composed song lyrics for an indie electro band, and written articles and reviews for The Irish Times, Acoustic Magazine, and SFX.

He studied creative writing under Helen Dunmore at the University of Glamorgan, and is now a popular panelist and speaker at literary events and conventions around the UK. He has run workshops and given guest lectures at a number of universities, libraries and conferences, is a frequent guest on local radio, and has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme.

Gareth was born in Bristol, a stone’s throw from the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. He still lives near the city with his wife, daughters and cats, and is professionally represented by Alexander Cochran of the C&W literary agency.