Gareth Powell

SFF writer. Author of 20 published books. Two-time BSFA Award-winner. Finalist for the Locus, British Fantasy, and Canopus Awards.

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Gareth L. Powell is one of the UK’s most popular and successful genre authors.

He started writing seriously as a teenager and was lucky to be able to count Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore as early mentors. More recently, he has co-written stories with bestselling authors Peter F. Hamilton and Aliette de Bodard.

He has twice won the prestigious British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel (previous winners include J. G. Ballard and Arthur C. Clarke) and has become one of the most shortlisted authors in the award’s 50-year history. He has also been shortlisted for the Locus Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Seiun Award, and the Canopus Award.

To date, he has written eleven novels, three novellas, and numerous short stories. In 2022, Gollancz published About Writing, his best-selling non-fiction guide to creative writing, and Stampede Ventures are currently adapting his Embers of War trilogy for TV in the States.

His short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld and Interzone, and been featured in numerous anthologies, including The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois. 

Gareth is beloved on social media for the time he spends giving advice and support to fledgeling authors. He is extremely knowledgeable about writing, and genre writing in particular, and is also a popular and entertaining guest for podcasts, conventions and literary festivals.

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POV and plot in the space opera

22 October 2023, 08:00 PM
Gareth Powell


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