About

Gareth L. Powell’s Embers of War won the 2018 BSFA Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the 2019 Locus Awards and the 2021 Seiun Awards in Japan. Its sequels, Fleet of Knives and Light of Impossible Stars, were both shortlisted for the BSFA Award for Best Novel, and Fleet of Knives was also shortlisted for the 2020 Locus Awards.

His alternate-universe thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel (in a tie for first place with Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice) and was shortlisted for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan, while his small-town horror/crime novella Ragged Alice made the shortlists for both the 2019 BSFA Award for Best Shorter Fiction and the 2020 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

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

Gareth was born in Bristol, England and still lives nearby. He began writing at school and university and was fortunate to count Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore as early mentors. He has written about science fiction for The Guardian, The Irish Times, and SFX; and is a regular monthly columnist for The Engineer. In 2013, he realised a childhood ambition when a five-page strip he’d written appeared in the British comic 2000 AD.

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


Awards

Won

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

Shortlisted

  • 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