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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 studied creative writing under Helen Dunmore at the University of Glamorgan, and 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 (tying for first place with Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice), and was a finalist in the best translated novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan.

He is the author of the novels Embers Of WarAck-Ack MacaqueThe RecollectionFleet Of Knives, Light Of Impossible Stars, Hive MonkeyMacaque Attack, and Silversands, and the short fiction collections The Last Reef and Entropic Angel.

Gareth’s short fiction has appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including InterzoneClarkesworldSolaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ made the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Award.

In addition to his fiction, Gareth has written film scripts for corporate training videos, penned a strip for the long-running British comic 2000 AD, composed song lyrics for an indie electro band, and written articles and reviews for The GuardianThe Irish Times, Acoustic Magazine, and SFX.

He also enjoys helping other writers. As well as producing his own novels and stories, he uses Twitter and Patreon to advise and encourage aspiring authors, and has written About Writing, a field guide for fledgeling writers (coming from Luna Press Publishing in 2019).

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