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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 Review of Books

Full review here: link.

Blog Tour Dates

Today marks the official publication of Embers of War, and to help publicise the fact, the lovely people at Titan Books have sent me on a blog tour. Each day, I’ll be popping up somewhere on the internet with a guest post or interview. Below, you can find the dates and Twitter handles of each site, where you’ll be able to find out which books influenced Embers, my thoughts on classic and modern space opera, and all sorts of other good stuff.

Pretend they’re Pokemon and collect them all!

Events

As you know, Embers of War hits the shelves on the 20th Feb. If you’d like me to sign a book or simply say hi in person, here’s a rundown of where I’ll be in February and March.

19 Feb: Waterstones Gower St. London – Join author EJ Swift and myself for readings, conversation and wine. 6:30pm. Admission £6/students £4  Book tickets here.

22 Feb: Forbidden Planet, Bristol – I will be signing copies of Embers of War from 6-7pm. Free to attend. Details here.

24 Feb: Foyles, Charing Cross Rd, London – I’ll be appearing at the first ever SFX Book Con alongside some other fantastic authors, such as Richard Morgan, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Peter F Hamilton, Claire North and Adam Roberts. Tickets £15. Details here.

22 Mar: Waterstones Bath – I will be appearing with MR Carey, the author of The Girl With All The Gifts. Free to attend. Details here.

30 Mar-1 Apr: Eastercon, Harrogate – The annual British Science Fiction convention. The programme hasn’t been released yet, so I don’t know what I’ll be doing while I’m there, but come over and say hello anyway. Details here. Membership required. Details here.

 

There’s more to come. I’ll continue to update this post, so do check back!

Three Of My Stories You Can Read Online Now

If you’re at a loose end waiting for the New Year, here are three of my short stories that can be read online for free. I hope you enjoy them.

1. Lift Up Your Face : A coming-of-age tale set in the Welsh Marches

2. Ride The Blue Horse : Two call centre employees try to make a big score in a world where the oil has run out (this story made the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Awards).

3. Princess Blue Jean : Sleeping Beauty awakes with the recipe for an industrial revolution.

Happy reading!

BFA Review

The British Fantasy Society has reviewed ACK-ACK MACAQUE: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY.

Here are my favourite bits:

While each book’s plot reads like that of an action movie, there are many moments of genuine poignancy and sublime characterisation. The development of Ack Ack himself – from sweaty simian to someone much more – is particularly well done, but the other characters shine too, making them much more than a supporting cast. While his villains literally do want to take over the world, Powell ensures there’s a motivation behind it which pushes them beyond evil mastermind cliché.

And…

Like the best science-fiction, it can be read as a commentary on important issues: animal experimentation would be the obvious one, but Powell also deals with identity, finding a place in society, and the lengths a person will go to after the loss of a loved one.

And lastly…

This omnibus also includes the original short story, first published in Interzone magazine, along with an updated ending exclusive to this edition, making it a fine package indeed. Overall, this is the fantastic romp it would initially appear to be; readers are sure to be entertained, but also intrigued and fascinated by the sheer range and depth that Powell has to offer within these pages.

You can read the whole thing on the BFA site, here.

Story Sale: Clarkesworld

My short story ‘Red Lights And Rain’ is available to read online in the new issue of Clarkesworld.

I’m rather chuffed to get a story in this publication.

To read it, click here.

Cover Reveal: Embers of War

Coming from Titan Books in February 2018…

(Cover by Julia Lloyd)

Competiton Time

In my August email newsletter, I’ll be runnning a competetition to win a MP3 CD of the BSFA Award-winning Ack-Ack Macaque. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, and subscribe to my monthly newsletter, simply sign-up using the form below.

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Crowdfunding

The truth is, although writing is a full-time career, it doesn’t pay like one. It’s not reliable when you have bills to pay and kids to feed. So, in order to keep making my art, I’m trying what many other creatives are doing right now, and asking my audience for a little help.

If you’ve enjoyed my books or short stories, my Twitter feed, one of my public performances, or any of the articles on this site, please consider helping me continue to write. You can do it in one of two ways:

1) If you’d like to buy me a cup of coffee, you can make a one-off donation of any amount at ko-fi.com/garethlpowell

2) Alternatively, if you’d like to make a regular contribution in return for some exclusive patron-only content (including deleted scenes, special blog posts, early cover reveals, etc.) you might consider supporting me on patreon.com/GarethLPowell from as little as $1 per month.

I hate to ask, but every little helps right now. And hopefully, one day in the not too distant future, I’ll be able to delete these sites because I won’t need them any more.

#1 bestselling author of monkey erotica

I had a bit of a surprise today. For some reason, Amazon has Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy listed under the category ‘Erotic Action & Adventure’, and it’s currently sitting at the #1 spot!

As far as I’m aware, there is zero sexiness in the book. Which means some erotica fans are in for a bit of a surprise!