Gareth L. Powell

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Gareth Lyn Powell, born 1970, is an English author of Science Fiction. He is the author of the novels The Recollection and Silversands, and the acclaimed short story collection The Last Reef and Other Stories. He is currently working on a new novel for Solaris Books, entitled Macaque Attack, the third volume in a trilogy inspired by his short story of the same name, which won Interzone magazine’s 2007 Readers’ Poll for best short story of the year.

As well as regularly appearing 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, and Dark Spires.

Born and brought up in the West Country, Gareth studied Humanities and Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. He has given guest lectures on creative writing at Bath Spa University, and has written a series of non-fiction articles on science fiction for The Irish Times.

His first four novels were favourably reviewed in The Guardian by Eric Brown.

Professional works'[edit]

Powell's first book was a collection, The Last Reef and Other Stories. It compiles much of his short fiction from before 2008, including the Interzone reader's choice poll winner "Ack-Ack Macaque". A second collection, Entropic Angel, was made available for free download from Powell's website in 2013. It reprints "Distant Galaxies Colliding", "The Last Reef" and "Sunsets and Hamburgers" from the previous collection and adds "Entropic Angel", several novel excerpts and an essay.

Silversands was Powell's debut novel. It was initially produced in a run of three hundred hardcover copies and an ebook edition, featuring the additional short story "Memory Dust", was made available by Anarchy Books. The reception was mostly favourable, including reviews from Interzone and Eric Brown in The Guardian. Brown regarded the novel as a "fine hi-tech romp" but was critical of what he called "a rushed and melodramatic dénouement."[1]

The Recollection is the second novel by Powell. The novel received mostly favourable reviews, including reviews from Locus[2] and Powell's second review from Eric Brown in his column in The Guardian. Brown said that the novel's set-pieces were "brilliantly realised" and that the book balanced its high concepts with the human story. He ended his review with "If you read only one space opera this year, it's got to be The Recollection".[3]

In January 2013, Powell will release his third novel via Solaris Books, Ack-Ack Macaque, based on the short story of the same name. A sequel, Hive Monkey, followed in 2014. The third volume of the trilogy, Macaque Attack, is projected to be released in January 2015.

Bibliography[edit]

The Last Reef and Other Stories
First edition cover
Author Gareth L. Powell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Elastic Press
Publication date
August 2008
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-9553181-7-7
Silversands
First edition cover
Author Gareth L. Powell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Pendragon Press
Publication date
10 April 2008
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 160
ISBN 978-1906864064
The Recollection
First edition cover
Author Gareth L. Powell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Solaris Books
Publication date
September 2011
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 400
ISBN 978-1907519994
Ack-Ack Macaque
Author Gareth L. Powell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Solaris Books
Publication date
December 2012
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 405
ISBN 978-1781080603
Followed by Hive Monkey
Hive Monkey
Author Gareth L. Powell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Solaris Books
Publication date
January 2014
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 384
ISBN 978-1-78108-165-5
Preceded by Ack-Ack Macaque
Followed by Macaque Attack

Novels[edit]

Short story collections[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Red Lights, And Rain" - Solaris Rising 3 (2014)
  • "This is How You Die" - Interzone 251 (March 2014)
  • "Ack-Ack Macaque: Indestructible" - 2000 AD (December 2012)
  • "Biz Be Biz" (with Paul Graham Raven) - Colinthology (October 2012)
  • "Another Apocalypse" - Solaris Rising 1.5 (August 2012)
  • "Railroad Angel" - Interzone 241 (July 2012)
  • "Eleven Minutes" - Interzone 231 (July 2011) (also on StarShipSofa #225)
  • "The New Ships" - Further Conflicts (Newcon Press, 2011)
  • "Entropic Angel" - Dark Spires (Wizard's Tower Press, 2010)
  • "The Bigger The Star, The Faster It Burns" - 2020 Visions (M-Brane Press) (available as a PDF file)
  • "Fallout" - Conflicts (Newcon Press, 2010)
  • "The Church of Accelerated Redemption" (with Aliette de Bodard) - Shine (Solaris Books, April 2010)
  • "Gonzo Laptop" - Hub Magazine (January 2010)
  • "What Would Nicolas Cage Have Done?" - Future Bristol (Swimming Kangaroo Books, April 2009) (also available as an audio file on Dark Fiction Magazine)
  • "Memory Dust" - Interzone (January 2009). Included in the ebook edition of Silversands.
  • "Flotsam" - The Last Reef and Other Stories (Elastic Press, August 2008). Set in the same milieu as "The Last Reef" and "Hot Rain".
  • "Arches" - The Last Reef and Other Stories (Elastic Press, August 2008). Elements of this story were later incorporated into The Recollection.
  • "Hot Rain" - The Last Reef and Other Stories (Elastic Press, August 2008). A story expanding on an incident mentioned in "The Last Reef".
  • "Falling Apart" - The Last Reef and Other Stories (Elastic Press, August 2008). A dark, entropic, near future story set in a decaying Weston-super-Mare.
  • "The Long Walk Aft" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008) (Also on Powell's website.) Collected in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Coffee House" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008)
  • "Fresh Meat" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008)
  • "Lost Toys" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008)
  • "Natalie" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008)
  • "Snowball" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008)
  • "Thai Curry" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008)
  • "The Point Furthest From The Sun" - Illuminations (Odd Two Out Press, April 2008)
  • "The Winding Curve" (with Rob Starr) - Sophistry By Degrees (Stonegarden.net, January 2008)
  • "The Redoubt" - Aphelion (December 2007). A first person narrative telling of the memories of one of the last humans alive. Reprinted in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Pod Dreams of Tuckertown" - Byzarium (October 2007). Collected in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "A Necklace of Ivy" - Fiction Online (September 2007). A rewritten version of a 1995 short story. Also in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Ack-Ack Macaque" - Interzone (September 2007) (An audio version is found on Transmissions From Beyond). Winner of the 2007 Interzone reader's poll for best short story. It will be incorporated into a novel of the same name, Powell's third. Collected in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "The Kitten Box" - Aphelion's (November 2005). Later retitled as "Cat in a Box" in The Last Reef and Other Stories. Part of Aphelion's "Mare Inebrium" setting.
  • "Dear Colleague" - Quantum Muse (April 2006)
  • "The Last Reef" - Interzone (February 2006) (Reprinted on Best SF.). Powell's first Interzone sale, a story featuring the technical concept of a machine that can be used to transform its user. Reprinted in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Sunsets and Hamburgers" - Byzarium (January 2006). This was an experimental story based around the concept of Transrealism. Also collected in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Six Lights off Green Scar" - Aphelion (April 2005) (Archived on Infinity Plus). A story featuring starship pilots engaging in the sport of "random-jumping" via hyperdrives into unknown areas of space. Elements of this story were later incorporated into The Recollection. Also collected in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Distant Galaxies Colliding" - Quantum Muse (February 2005) (Archived on Infinity Plus). Elements of this story were later incorporated into The Recollection. Also collected in The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Jaguars Falling From The Sky" - Quantum Muse (July 2004)
  • "Catch A Burning Star" - Aphelion (April 2004). Later revised as "Morning Star" for The Last Reef and Other Stories.
  • "Tranquility" - TANK Magazine (2002)
  • "Providence" - TANK Magazine (2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Brown (10 April 2011). "Science fiction review roundup". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Russell Letson (December 2011). "Reviews - The Recollection". Locus. p. 21. 
  3. ^ Eric Brown (2 September 2011). "Science fiction review roundup". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

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