“Brilliant.” The Guardian

“One of the space opera greats.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky

“Mad genius.” – Barnes & Noble


Gareth L. Powell was born in Bristol in 1970 and still lives nearby. He began writing at school and was fortunate to count Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore as early mentors. After a number of small press publications, he sold his first professional short story to Interzone magazine in 2006. A short novel, Silversands, appeared in 2010 and was followed a year later by his first full-length novel, The Recollection.

Since then, he has written seven further novels, including the Embers of War trilogy and the four-book Ack-Ack Macaque series, as well as somehow finding the time to produce two short story collections, the nonfiction guide About Writing, and the novellas Ragged Alice, Downdraught, and Light Chaser (co-written with Peter F. Hamilton).

His novels have twice won the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel and have been finalists for both the Locus Award in the US and the Seiun Award in Japan.

He is also the first person to have had individual work shortlisted in the Best Novel, Best Short Fiction, and Best Nonfiction categories of the BSFA Award in the same year.

Gareth has given creative writing workshops and talks at UK universities and events, and has been a guest tutor at Arvon. He also spends a great deal of time helping aspiring authors on Twitter.

He has written nonfiction for The Guardian, The Irish Times, SFX, and Acoustic Magazine, and is a monthly columnist for The Engineer.

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