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Gareth L. Powell

Gareth L. PowellBorn and brought up in the West of England, Gareth L. Powell studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan, where he was fortunate to list the poet and novelist Helen Dunmore as one of his tutors. He has since given guest lectures on creative writing at Bath Spa University, and has written for The Irish Times, SFX Magazine, Futurismic, Acoustic Magazine, 2000AD, and the Bristol Review of Books.

Gareth is the author of the novels The Recollection and Silversands, both of which were favourably reviewed in The Guardian, and the short story collection The Last Reef, which Morpheus Tales described as “One of the finest collections of SF short stories I have had the privilege of reading”.

His next novel, Ack-Ack Macaque, will be published in the UK and USA by Solaris Books on 1st January 2013, and draws its inspiration from his short story of the same name, which Interzone readers voted as their favourite short story of 2007.

As well as appearing regularly in Interzone and other magazines, Gareth’s work has also featured in a number of recent anthologies, including Future Bristol, Shine, Conflicts, Further Conflicts, StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3, Solaris Rising 1.5, and Dark Spires.

When not writing fiction, Gareth works as a freelance copywriter, and lives near Bristol with his wife and two children.

When asked why he writes science fiction, Gareth replies: “I guess I’ve always been fascinated by stars and starships. As the Only Ones sang on their 1977 punk masterpiece, Another Girl, Another Planet: “Space travel’s in my blood, and there ain’t nothing I can do about it.”

As a teenager, he was once fortunate enough to have coffee with Diana Wynne Jones, and still has the handwritten notes she made on one of his early short stories.

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