About

“A creative and literate space opera author.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Gareth L. Powell is an award-winning British science fiction author 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, and the Seiun Award in Japan (also twice).

To date, he has written and published nine novels, two short story collections, three novellas and a nonfiction writing guide. His writing is often praised for its strong characterisations, vivid action sequences, and thought-provoking explorations of the human condition.

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.

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 spends a lot of time encouraging and inspiring new writers and has run writing workshops at conventions and literary festivals in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, The Republic of Eire, and Croatia, and at universities including Anglia Ruskin University, Aberystwyth University, Napier University, Buckinghamshire New University, and Bath Spa University.

Gareth is a member of both the British Science Fiction Association and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. He currently lives in North Somerset with his two children and is engaged to the American science fiction author J. Dianne Dotson.


Awards

Won

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

Shortlisted

  • 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