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Short Bio

Gareth L. Powell is an award-winning author from the UK. His alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel, spawned two sequels, and was shortlisted in the Best Translated Novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan.

His short fiction has appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Clarkesworld, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ made the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Award.

His latest project is a trilogy of novels for Titan Books, comprising: Embers Of War (2018), Fleet Of Knives  (2019) and Light Of Impossible Stars (2020).

Gareth is best known on Twitter for the help and advice he offers other authors; he regularly runs creative writing workshops at UK universities; and he has written About Writing, a nonfiction guide for aspiring writers, which will be published by Luna Press in 2019.

He can be found on Twitter via @garethlpowell

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Gareth can be contacted directly via the contact form on this site

He can also be reached via his agent,

Alexander Cochran
c/o C+W Literary Agency
Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7393 4200

Or found on Twitter: @garethlpowell

What The Critics Have Said

“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

“Barnstorming… The ideas fizz off the page” – The Guardian

“An enjoyable penchant for the surprising narrative twist.” – Interzone

“Filling a Banksian hole in modern sci-fi.” – British Fantasy Society

“Likely to delight fans of Peter F Hamilton and Iain M Banks.  Great stuff.” Starburst Magazine

“Powell has managed to find the balance between thoughtful existentialism and pulp adventure.” – Gutenberg’s Son

“Gareth L Powell joins the ranks of Reynolds, Banks, Hamilton and others at the forefront of science fiction.” – SF Book Reviews

“A first-rate author of space opera and alternate history.” – SFRevue

“Fast-paced, laser-focused, and steadfastly accessible.” – The Speculative Scotsman

“Amazing.” – Fantasy Book Review