Descendant Machine

To avert galactic disaster, Nic Mafalda has to seek out an alien holy man before his sacred knowledge falls into the wrong hands—but only if she can first escape the lethally radioactive remains of her wrecked scout ship. 


From the multi BSFA award-winner comes a stunningly inventive action-packed science-fiction epic adventure. A brand-new series for fans of Becky Chambers and Ann Leckie.

About Gareth

Gareth L. Powell’s novels have repeatedly featured on the Locus magazine bestseller lists and been recognised with several awards. He is one of the most-shortlisted authors in the 50-year history of the British Science Fiction Association Awards, has also been shortlisted for the Locus Award, the British Fantasy Society Award, the Seiun Award in Japan, and the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and he has gained a dedicated following of readers around the world.

about writing

Positive, blunt and refreshingly honest, this is a guide to the practical business of writing from a professional author with a decade’s experience, who has navigated working with publishers of all sizes, and walked the path from debut to award-winner. Written with Gareth L. Powell’s trademark warmth and wisdom, About Writing is here to help you achieve your goals, and write your own story.

praise for gareth

“One of our best modern SF writers.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky

“A pro at the top of his game.” – John Scalzi

“Grittily poetic.” – Locus Magazine

“A creative and literate space opera author.” – Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

“Current leader of the British space-opera pack.” – The Morning Star