At the forefront of science fiction.” – SF Book Reviews
GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author from Bristol. His third novel, Ack-Ack Macaque, tied with Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice to co-win the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel. His books have been published in the UK, Germany, the USA and Japan.
Known for his strong characters and acutely-observed dialogue, his exploration of our relationship with technology in a vast and uncaring universe, and the question of what it is that makes us human in the first place, it is perhaps unsurprising that critics have likened Gareth’s work to the writings of William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, and J.G. Ballard.
“Powell draws his characters with fine brushstrokes.” - The Guardian
Gareth’s short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including six short stories in Interzone magazine and two in the acclaimed Solaris Rising series of anthologies. In 2014, Gardner Dozois selected Gareth’s short story ‘Red Lights And Rain’ for inclusion in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 32nd Annual Collection. In 2007, one of his other stories came top of the Interzone annual readers’ poll for best short story of the year. A year later, Elastic Press published the first collection of his short fiction, The Last Reef and Other Stories, which Morpheus Tales described as, “One of the finest collections of SF short stories I have had the privilege of reading.”
Gareth 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 such as Eastercon, Sci-Fi Weekender, Fantasycon and Nine Worlds, and was a guest of honour at BristolCon in 2012 – although his favourite live appearance has to be the time he played a live-on-stage version of Just A Minute with Sylvester (Seventh Doctor) McCoy and Sophie (Ace) Aldred.
“Powell has managed to find the balance between thoughtful existentialism and pulp adventure.” - Gutenberg’s Son
The product of mixed English and Welsh parentage, Gareth was born a stone’s throw from Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, and has been writing for as long as he can remember. As a child, he read his way through the science fiction and fantasy shelves of his local library, devouring books by Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Harry Harrison and Robert Heinlein. At thirteen, he was bought his first typewriter – a portable red model he still remembers with extreme fondness. 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 (author of Howl’s Moving Castle), 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, and spent 14 years working in marketing and public relations before giving it all up to become a full-time writer.
Gareth lives in the West Country with his wife, two daughters and a cat. His favourite authors are Iain M. Banks, Douglas Coupland, Jack Kerouac and David Mitchell (the novelist, not the comedian). When neither reading or writing, he enjoys walking on beaches, poking through secondhand bookshops, messing around on social media, and watching dumb movies with lots of explosions in them.