Gareth L. Powell is an award-winning British science fiction author. He is best known for his Embers of War and Ack-Ack Macaque trilogies, but he has also written numerous short stories, novellas, and even turned his hand to screenwriting and comic scripts. Recently, Stampede Ventures and wiip have partnered to adapt his Embers of War novels for television, and he will act as Co-Executive Producer for the series.

He was born in Bristol 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.

His books have twice won the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award for Best Novel and have been finalists for the Locus, British Fantasy, and Seiun awards.

He is a popular guest at conventions and literature festivals, and has given lectures and run workshops on creative writing at several universities. He blogs about creative writing; has written about science fiction for The Guardian, The Irish Times, and SFX; and is a regular monthly columnist for The Engineer.

Gareth’s other passions include screenwriting, photography (the results of which you can see on his Instagram page), and digital art, of which he has recently sold a number of pieces.

In 2013, he realised a life-long ambition when a five-page strip he’d written appeared in the British comic 2000 AD.

Gareth spends a lot of time on Twitter, where he is known for the advice and encouragement he offers to fledgling writers. He has also included a lot of that advice in On Writing, a handbook for aspiring authors.

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.



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


  • 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