“Brilliant.” The Guardian

“A first-rate author.” – SFRevue

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

“Mad genius.” – Barnes & Noble


Gareth L. Powell was born and raised in Bristol, UK, and his early mentors included Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore.

His novels have twice won the BSFA Award, and been finalists for both the Locus Award in the US and the Seiun Award in Japan. He is probably best known for his acclaimed Embers of War space opera series, which includes the novels Embers of War, Fleet of Knives, and Light of Impossible Stars.

Gareth has been a guest tutor in creative writing for UK universities and the Arvon Foundation, and his nonfiction book, About Writing is an essential field guide for aspiring authors.

He is a popular guest and speaker at conventions and literary events, and can often be found on Twitter giving advice and encouragement to up-and-coming writers.

He has written fiction for Interzone and Clarkesworld, a 5-page comic strip for 2000 AD, and articles on science fiction and creative writing for The Guardian, The Irish Times, Shoreline of Infinity and SFX. He has worked as a music journalist for Acoustic Magazine, and is currently a columnist for The Engineer.

He still lives near Bristol and is represented in all professional matters by Alexander Cochran of the C&W literary agency.