GARETH L. POWELL is an award-nominated science fiction and fantasy author from Bristol. He is the author of five novels, including Ack-Ack Macaque, which made the shortlist for the 2013 BSFA Award. His novels have been published in the UK, Germany, the USA and Japan, and have all received enthusiastic reviews in The Guardian.
Gareth’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including six in Interzone, and he has received several ‘honourable mentions’ in Gardner Dozois’s Best New SF collections. In 2007, one of his short stories came top of the Interzone annual readers’ poll for best short story of the year. He 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 and was a guest of honour at BristolCon in 2012.
At the age of fifteen, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to discuss one of his early short stories with Diana Wynne Jones, who gave him some invaluable feedback. He went on to study creative writing under Helen Dunmore at the University of Glamorgan, and spent ten years working in marketing for a large European software company before giving it up to write full-time.
He now lives near Bristol with his wife and two children.