About

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“Brilliant.” The Guardian

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

“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

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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.

Awards

Won

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

Shortlisted

  • 2020 Locus Awards – Best SF Novel – Fleet of Knives
  • 2020 BSFA Awards – Best Novel – Fleet of Knives
  • 2020 BSFA Awards – Best Shorter Fiction – Ragged Alice
  • 2020 BSFA Awards – Best Non-fiction – About Writing
  • 2020 Subjective Chaos Awards – Best SF Novel – Fleet of Knives
  • 2019 Locus Awards – Best SF Novel – Embers of War
  • 2016 Seiun Awards – Best Translated Novel – Ack-Ack Macaque
  • 2015 BSFA Awards – Best Short Fiction – ‘Ride The Blue Horse’

Honourable Mentions

  • 2015 The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-third Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois for ‘Rise The Blue Horse’
  • 2014 The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois for ‘Red Lights And Rain’
  • 2014 The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois for ‘This Is How You Die’
  • 2012 The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois for ‘Another Apocalypse’
  • 2012 The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois for ‘Railroad Angel’
  • 2010 The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois for ‘Fallout’

Bibliography

Novels

THE EMBERS OF WAR SERIES

Embers of War

Fleet of Knives

Light of Impossible Stars

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THE ACK-ACK MACAQUE SERIES

Ack-Ack Macaque

Hive Monkey

The Recollection

Macaque Attack

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Silversands

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Novellas

Ragged Alice

Downdraught

Light Chaser

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Nonfiction

About Writing: A Field Guide for Aspiring Authors

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Collections

Entropic Angel & Other Stories

The Last Reef & Other Stories

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