GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning writer from the UK. He is the author of the novels Silversands, The Recollection, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey and Macaque Attack, and the short fiction collection The Last Reef.
NewCon Press will publish his second short fiction collection The New Ships in April 2017, and he is currently at work on a new trilogy of novels for Titan Books. Embers Of War, the first volume in the trilogy, will be published in the UK and US in February 2018, and be followed by the sequels Fleet Of Knives and Light Of Impossible Stars.
Gareth’s alternate history thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 British Science Fiction Association 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.
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.
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 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.
At the age of sixteen, Gareth won a schools competition to have one of his short stories critiqued by Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle and other novels. They met over coffee in Bristol one afternoon, and he still treasures the handwritten notes she gave him.
In the early 1990s, Gareth studied humanities at the University of Glamorgan, where Helen Dunmore was one of his creative writing tutors. He is a popular panelist and speaker at literary events and conventions around the UK, has done a number of public library outreach events with Literature Works South-West, and was a guest of honour at BristolCon in 2012. He has given workshops and guest lectures on creative writing at Aberystwyth and Bath Spa universities, the National Space Centre, and a UK Space Agency schools conference at the University of York. He is a frequent guest on local radio, and has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme.