Image credit: J. Dianne Dotson

“One of the masters of the genre.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky

Gareth L. Powell is an award-winning British science fiction and horror author. To date, he has written and published ten novels, two short story collections, three novellas and a nonfiction writing guide, although he is best known for his Embers of War and Ack-Ack Macaque trilogies.

He has twice won the coveted British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel, and has been shortlisted for the Locus Award (twice), the British Fantasy Society Award, the Seiun Award in Japan (also twice), and the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing. His Embers of War novels are currently being adapted for television. 

His work has been published in French, German, Czech, Croatian, Italian, Russian, Catalan, Spanish and Japanese, and he is represented in all professional matters by Alexander Cochran of the C&W literary agency.

Grimdark Magazine says, ‘Powell is an eloquent and engaging writer who manages to balance epic exposition, jaw dropping action (or horror) and introspective personal moments without ever losing control of the pace.’

Gareth writes the popular monthly ‘Sci-fi Eye’ column for The Engineer, and has written about creative writing for The Guardian, SFX, and The Irish Times. His writing guide About Writing: A Field Guide for Aspiring Authors is available in hardback from Gollancz. He has also written a 5-page comic strip for the British comic 2000 AD, and speculative treatments for several TV shows.

Gareth was born in Bristol, England. He began writing at school and university and was fortunate to count Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore as early mentors. He spends a lot of time encouraging and inspiring new writers and has run writing workshops at conventions and literary festivals in the United Kingdom, USA, Isle of Man, The Republic of Ireland, and Croatia, and at universities including Sul Ross State University in Texas, and Anglia Ruskin University, Aberystwyth University, Napier University, Buckinghamshire New University, and Bath Spa University in the UK.

Gareth is a member of the British Science Fiction Association, the British Fantasy Society, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association. He has two children and is married to the American science fiction author J. Dianne Dotson.



  • 2018 BSFA Award – Best Novel – Embers of War
  • 2013 BSFA Award – Best Novel – Ack-Ack Macaque


  • 2023 Canopus Awards – Published Long-Form Fiction – Light Chaser
  • 2021 BSFA Awards – Best Shorter Fiction – Light Chaser
  • 2021 Seiun Awards – Best Translated Novel – Embers of War
  • 2020 BSFA Awards – Best Novel – Light of Impossible Stars
  • 2020 British Fantasy Awards – Best Novella – Ragged Alice
  • 2020 Locus Awards – Best SF Novel – Fleet of Knives
  • 2019 BSFA Awards – Best Novel – Fleet of Knives
  • 2019 BSFA Awards – Best Shorter Fiction – Ragged Alice
  • 2019 BSFA Awards – Best Non-fiction – About Writing
  • 2019 Locus Awards – Best SF Novel – Embers of War
  • 2018 BSFA Award – Best Novel – Embers of War
  • 2016 Seiun Awards – Best Translated Novel – Ack-Ack Macaque
  • 2015 BSFA Awards – Best Short Fiction – ‘Ride The Blue Horse’
  • 2013 BSFA Award – Best Novel – Ack-Ack Macaque