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“Brilliant.” The Guardian

“Powell joins the ranks of Reynolds, Banks and Hamilton at the forefront of science fiction.”SF Book Reviews

“When you have an imagination like Gareth Powell’s, you must write or paint or otherwise vent that imagination through art so your head won’t explode.” – New York Journal of Books

“On my must-read list.” – Ann Leckie


GARETH L. POWELL was born and raised in Bristol. He studied creative writing under Helen Dunmore at the University of Glamorgan, and was once fortunate enough to have Diana Wynne Jones critique one of his early short stories over coffee.

He is now a popular panelist and speaker at literary events and conventions around the UK. He has run creative writing workshops and given guest lectures at a number of universities, libraries and conferences, is a frequent guest on local radio, and has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme.

His alternate history thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel and was a finalist in the best translated novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan.

Gareth’s short fiction has appeared Interzone, Clarkesworld, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ was shortlisted for the 2015 BSFA Award.

In addition to his fiction, Gareth has written for The Guardian, The Irish Times, 2000 AD, and SFX.

Luna Press will publish About Writing, his field guide for aspiring authors, in 2019.

Gareth still lives near Bristol and is professionally represented by Alexander Cochran of the C&W literary agency.