New Cover: Ack-Ack Macaque Second Edition

I’m pleased to be able to reveal the cover for the second edition of Ack-Ack Macaque. The picture’s the same, but there’s a new quote and a badge to highlight the fact it won the BSFA in 2013.


In addition, the inside of the book features a new flyleaf with some pretty amazing quotes from some pretty amazing people.

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These new paperback editions will be available shortly via all good book retailers.

Top 100 Fantasy Books

AckAckMacaque_300I’ve just discovered that the Fantasy Book Reviews website lists Ack-Ack Macaque at number #40 in its Top 100 Fantasy Books.

That’s higher than books by Jo Hill, Lauren Beukes, Philip Pullman, and China Mieville.


Click here for link.

There’s A Ghost In My House

12484682_10153821948823428_5454233247302972423_oSix copies of Gunmetal Ghost – the Japanese translation of Ack-Ack Macaque – arrived in the post this afternoon from the publisher. Aren’t they pretty?

New cover art revealed for Gunmetal Ghost

Here’s our first look at the cover art for Gunmetal Ghost, the Japanese translation of Ack-Ack Macaque, which goes on sale a month from today, published by Tokyo Sogensha.

Feast your eyes on this picture (click on it for a bigger version). There’s Ack-Ack and K8 atop the rooftops of Paris (check out the Eiffel Tower on the left of the picture) while the skyliner Tereshkova looms over the city.

To me, it looks like the cover of a DVD from Studio Ghibli. It’s just beautiful, and I can hardly wait to actually hold a copy of the book itself.

If you’d also like to get your paws on this extremely cool object, you can pre-order it via Amazon here.

***UPDATE 12/11/15*** 
The cover art is by the well-known anime and Gundam artist, Naohiro Washio.

In conversation with Jon Oliver of Solaris Books

Here’s a video interview I did recently with my editor, Jon Oliver of Solaris books, in which we discuss the macaque trilogy.

Japanese deal for Ack-Ack Macaque


Tokyo Sogensha Co., Ltd. have acquired Japanese rights in SF novel ACK-ACK MACAQUE by Gareth L Powell from Corinne Shioji of The English Agency (Japan) Ltd in Tokyo, representing the John Jarrold Literary Agency. The book was published in the UK and US by Solaris in 2012, and has been highly praised:

‘Powell primes an explosive narrative with brilliant cliffhangers’ –The Guardian

‘More fun than a barrel of steampunk monkeys … It’s an over-the-top, verbally caffeinated adventure story with smart, nasty ideas and plenty of pulp. What makes it truly special is Ack-Ack, the action hero who can cut through any strategy session or infodump’ –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Any book that makes me grin like a buffoon whenever I crack it open is a definite winner. Full of great characters, fast moving plot and lashings of first-rate action, I can t recommend this highly enough’  –The Eloquent Page

ACK-ACK MACAQUE has been shortlisted for the British SF Association Award for Best Novel, which will be announced over the Easter weekend. The sequel, HIVE MONKEY, was published in 2014.  A third volume will follow early in 2015.

Contact John Jarrold for further details.

John Jarrold – e-mail: 

2000 AD

Thanks to Solaris Books, you can download and read the ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’ strip I wrote for 2000 ADThe strip was published at the beginning of 2013 and forms a prequel of sorts to the novel.

Click here to download.

And so it begins…

Here’s a headline from the Guardian‘s website that should set off alarm bells for readers of Ack-Ack Macaque:

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

The article goes on to say:

Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms. The macaques are the first primates to have their genetic makeup altered with the powerful technology which many scientists believe will lead to a new era of genetic medicine.

So, what do you reckon? Sounds like life’s starting to imitate art, doesn’t it?

You can read the whole article here.

Thanks to Lou Morgan for pointing it out.

Ack-Ack Macaque makes BSFA shortlist

Ack-Ack Macaque has made the Best Novel shortlist for the 2013 British Science Fiction Association Awards, and I’m officially over the Moon about it. I know I’m up against some stiff competition, but it’s a real honour to have made it this far.

The full shortlist for Best Novel of 2013 is as follows:

  • God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)
  • Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (Orbit)
  • Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)
  • The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

Could Ack-Ack win? Well, that depends on how many people vote for it. Ballot papers will be given to members of the BSFA and attendees at this year’s Satellite4 convention in Glasgow, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, on Sunday 20th April 2014.

Awards will also be given in the Best Short Fiction, Best Artwork, and Best non-fiction categories. 

See the full shortlists here.

Award eligibility

ACK-ACK MACAQUE COVERAs it’s awards season, I’d like to throw my hat in the ring by reminding you that my novel Ack-Ack Macaque was published in January 2013, and is therefore eligible for the Hugos, the BSFA, and so on.

If you enjoyed it, and if you’re eligible to vote in one of those awards, please consider lending it your support. I don’t expect it to win (other writers have sold many more books, and hence have received far more exposure), but it would be terrific to see the monkey scrape onto a shortlist or two.

If you haven’t read the book yet, you can find links to buy it here.

You can also read the first chapter online for free on the Solaris Editor’s Blog.

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