About

12088249_10153718524283428_4499165638639775102_n“Unique and exciting.” – SFFWorld

GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning writer from the UK. He is the author of the novels SilversandsThe 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 Japan by Tokyo Sogensha (as Gunmetal Ghost), where it topped Amazon’s sales rankings in a number of categories. Fantasy Book Reviews placed it at #40 in their list of Top 100 Fantasy Books, and it has also inspired a comic strip, fan art, graffiti murals, and at least one tattoo.

In 2011, The Guardian review of his second novel, The Recollection, insisted that, “If you only read one space opera this year, it’s got to be The Recollection.” The book went on to be translated and published in Germany by Heyne (a division of Random House) under the title Sternentor.

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).

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, and has written for The Irish Times, Acoustic Magazine, and SFX.

In the early 1990s, Gareth studied creative writing at the University of South Wales. He has since run a genre fiction workshop at Aberystwyth University and given guest lectures on creative writing at Bath Spa Uni. He is also a popular panelist and speaker at literary events and conventions, and was a guest of honour at BristolCon in 2012. He is a frequent guest on local radio, and has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme.

Gareth lives near Bristol with his family, and is represented by Alexander Cochran at the Conville & Walsh literary agency.