He is the author of the novels Silversands, The Recollection, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey and Macaque Attack.
In 2013, his alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque won the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award for Best Novel. The book has also been published in Japanese, and has inspired a comic strip, fan art, graffiti murals, and at least one tattoo.
He is currently working on his sixth novel.
Gareth’s short stories have appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. One of these stories came top of the 2007 Interzone readers’ poll for best short story of the year. Since then, many of his shorter works have been brought together in the collections, The Last Reef (2008) and The New Ships (coming 2017).
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 Gareth’s work has been likened by critics to the writings of William Gibson, Philip K. Dick and J.G. Ballard.
The Guardian says, “Powell draws his characters with fine brushstrokes.” SF Book Reviews places him, “at the forefront of science fiction,” and Gutenberg’s Son writes that he, “has managed to find the balance between thoughtful existentialism and pulp adventure.”
In addition to his fiction, Gareth has written for the long-running British comic, 2000 AD. He has given guest lectures on creative writing at several UK universities, and provided articles, interviews and reviews for The Irish Times, Acoustic Magazine, and SFX. He is also a popular guest, host and public speaker at literary events and conventions.
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