“Brilliant.” The Guardian

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

“Mad genius.” – Barnes & Noble

“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


Gareth L. Powell was born in Bristol in 1970 and still lives nearby. He began writing at school and sold his first professional short story to Interzone magazine in 2006.

He has written many novels, including the Embers of War trilogy, the four-book Ack-Ack Macaque series, two short story collections, the novellas Ragged Alice and Silversands, and the nonfiction guide About Writing.

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.

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

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