About

“Brilliant.” – The Guardian

Gareth L. Powell

GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning author from the UK. He mainly writes novels and short stories, but has also turned his hand to screenplays, comic strips, song lyrics, and articles for national newspapers and magazines.

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.

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.

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 lives near Bristol with his family, and is professionally represented by Alexander Cochran of the C&W literary agency.