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 is an award-winning and widely lauded author at the forefront of speculative fiction. He has won the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award for Best Novel twice, and been a finalist for the Locus, British Fantasy, and Seiun awards. A popular guest at conventions, he is also widely respected for offering advice and encouragement to fledgling writers on social media and encouraging a warm and positive outlook on life.

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.


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praise for gareth

“Gareth is one of our best modern SF writers.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky

“This is a pro at the top of his game.” – John Scalzi

“Grittily poetic.” – Locus Magazine

“Balances plot, action, and character development perfectly” – Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

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