Ride The Blue Horse

The online magazine Matter has published a feature on climate fiction, based around an article on oil by Margaret Atwood and featuring short pieces of fiction by Atwood, Bruce Sterling, Tim Maughan, Paolo Bacigalupi, and others. My contribution is the short story, Ride The Blue Horse, which follows two unemployed call centre operators as they break into an abandoned freight terminal in the hope of finding profitable loot.

Read the full story here.

Macaque Attack: Sneak Peek

Here’s a video filmed during a recent visit to Solaris Books in Oxford. You might recognise the hairy chap on the left of the screen.

DRM-free ebooks

You can now buy DRM-free ebooks of Hive MonkeyAck-Ack Macaque and The Recollection direct from Solaris Books in epub and mobi formats.

This means that all my books are now available DRM free, as Silversands and The Last Reef are available via the Robot Trading Company.

AND DON’T FORGET: if you’d like to “try before you buy”, you can download a free epub or mobi version of my sampler, Entropic Angel, containing 4 short stories and three novel extracts.


This Is How You Die


The March/April issue of Interzone contains a short story of mine called ‘This Is How You Die’.

It will be the sixth story of mine to appear in the magazine since 2006.

More information here: link.

Awards, etc.

1) I’m delighted that Fantasy Faction has picked Ack-Ack Macaque as one of its Best Books of 2013.

“We enjoyed this book immensely. It can be read as pure entertainment, a combination of pulp fiction and cyberpunk, but beneath all that it addresses the issues of freedom and choice, life and death. What could have been a novelty story about a gun-toting monkey, is instead a deep and moving tale of a woman coping with the loss of her husband, a man she still has access to via the medium of his soul-catcher, a device that has stored his personality and essence. Not only does this provoke the reader into sadness, but it also has its amusing moments too, all balanced with great skill by the author, so it’s never trite or clichéd.”

2) I’m also thrilled that Hive Monkey has won an Editor’s Choice Award from Books N Tech.

“The book was a great read and my favorite in the science fiction category because of the main character Ack Ack Macaque. He’s a real charmer for all the science fiction fans with his hard demeanor. Good job Mr. Powell on making an excellent science fiction novel all can enjoy.”

3) And I’m very proud that, in its end of year awards, The Eloquent Page has selected Ack-Ack Macaque himself as its ‘Character of The Year’.

“This was a no brainer. C’mon people, he’s a cigar smoking, smart-mouthed simian who flies a Spitfire. I found his literary charms impossible to resist. His next adventure is due shortly and they’ll be another book after that. I can hardly wait.”



If you’re looking for something to read on your Kindle or other ebook reader, you can now buy DRM-free ebooks of Hive Monkey, Ack-Ack Macaque and The Recollection direct from Solaris Books in epub and mobi formats.

My earlier books, Silversands and The Last Reef, are available via the Robot Trading Company.

AND DON’T FORGET: if you’d like to “try before you buy”, you can download a free epub or mobi version of my sampler, Entropic Angel, containing 4 short stories and three novel extracts.



I haven’t posted an update on current projects for a while, so here’s the situation as it stands:

1. My fourth novel, Hive Monkey, comes out in January from Solaris Books.

2. I’m currently working the follow-up, and the third in the ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’ trilogy, Macaque Attack, which is due to be published by Solaris in January 2015. So far, I’m around ten thousand words into it, and having a great deal of fun with the characters.

3. I’ve sent my agent the first thirty thousand words of a space opera/future thriller (title witheld), which I aim to complete as soon as Macaque Attack has been finished, and which I think could be one of the weirdest and most literary things I have so far written. If you drew a venn diagram that included Alastair Reynolds, Samuel Delany, Richard Morgan and David Mitchell, this book would be somewhere in the intersection.

4. The New Ships, My second short story collection (following 2008’s The Last Reef – described by Morpheus Tales as “One of the finest collections of SF short stories I have had the privilege of reading”) totals seventy thousand words, and includes stories published in Interzone and other places, and a novelette co-written with the awesome Aliette de Bodard.

5. In addition, I am toying with the idea of an epic fantasy Western: sort of an Arthurian take on Game of Thrones mixed with Deadwood.

The last three books are currently seeking publishers. Any enquiries should be sent to my agent, John Jarrold.

Free ebook

18269966Because I’m a generous sort, and with the help of those fine fellows at Solaris Books, I’ve put together a collection of writing that I’m giving away as a free ebook.

Entropic Angel contains four of my most well-received short stories and excerpts from my first three novels – which adds up to a whopping 20,000 words of my best work available for free in either epub or mobi formats.

So, if you’re interested in reading something I’ve written but you’re not sure where to start, this could be an ideal ‘taster’ for you.

Download your choice of format here:

The full contents include:

  • Entropic Angel (short story)
  • Distant Galaxies Colliding (short story)
  • The Last Reef (short story)
  • Sunsets and Hamburgers (short story)
  • An excerpt from The Recollection
  • An excerpt from Ack-Ack Macaque
  • An excerpt from Silversands

Plus, the book comes with a foreword by me, in which I waffle on about the role of science fiction, and an awesome cover by the multiple award-wining artist, Vincent Chong.

Please feel free to download and read the book and, if you like it, recommend it to your friends.

And, if you really like it, feel free to post links on Twitter or Facebook. 🙂



Read the first chapter of Ack-Ack Macaque for free

Here’s a Friday treat for those of you who haven’t yet bought the book: the Solaris Editors’ Blog is offering the first chapter of ACK-ACK MACAQUE to read online, for free. If you haven’t already done so, go and take a look….

Click here to read Chapter One

Book Deal: Hive Monkey to Solaris

Following yesterday’s launch of Ack-Ack Macaque, I am delighted to announce that a sequel has been commissioned. Here’s the press release:


Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired SF novel HIVE MONKEY by Gareth L Powell.  The novel will be delivered in summer 2013, for an early 2014 publication. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights.

The novel is a sequel to ACK-ACK MACAQUE, which Solaris publish later this month.

“Ack-Ack Macaque is now hiding from his unwanted fame by working as a pilot on a world-circling Zeppelin. But when the cabin of one of his passengers is invaded by the man’s own dying doppelgänger, our hirsute hero finds himself once again racing to save the world – this time from an aggressive hive mind, time-hopping saboteurs, and an army of homicidal Neanderthal assassins.”

Contact John Jarrold or Jonathan Oliver for further details.