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Tim Powers


(Timothy Thomas Powers)
USA flag (1952 - )

aka William Ashbless

Powers was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in California, where his Roman Catholic family moved in 1959.

He studied English Literature at Cal State Fullerton, where he first met James Blaylock and K. W. Jeter, both of whom remained close friends and occasional collaborators; the trio have half-seriously referred to themselves as "steampunks" in contrast to the prevailing cyberpunk genre of the 1980s. Powers and Blaylock invented the poet William Ashbless while they were at Cal State Fullerton.

Another friend Powers first met during this period was noted science fiction writer Philip K Dick; the character named "David" in Dick's novel VALIS is based on Powers and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner) is dedicated to him.

Powers's first major novel was The Drawing of the Dark (1979), but the novel that earned him wide praise was The Anubis Gates, which won the Philip K. Dick Award, and has since been published in many other languages.

Powers also teaches part-time in his role as Writer in Residence for the Orange County High School of the Arts, where Blaylock directs the Creative Writing Conservatory, and Chapman University, where Blaylock teaches.

Powers and his wife, Serena, currently live in Muscoy, California. He has frequently served as a mentor author as part of the Clarion science fiction/fantasy writer's workshop.

He also taught part time at the University of Redlands.
 
Series
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Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by Tim Powers
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Short stories
Night Moves [short story] (1986)World Fantasy (nominee)
We Traverse Afar (1993) (with James P Blaylock)
Where They Are Hid [short story] (1995)World Fantasy (nominee)
Itinerary (1999)


Awards
Philip K Dick Award Best Book winner (1983) : The Anubis Gates
Philip K Dick Award Best Book winner (1985) : Dinner at Deviant's Palace
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1986) : Dinner at Deviant's Palace
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1987) : Night Moves [short story]
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1988) : On Stranger Tides
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1990) : The Stress of Her Regard
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1990) : The Stress of Her Regard
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (1993) : Last Call
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (1993) : Last Call
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1996) : Expiration Date
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1996) : Where They Are Hid [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) : Expiration Date
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1998) : Earthquake Weather
World Fantasy Best Novel winner (2001) : Declare
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2002) : Declare
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : Declare
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2007) : Three Days to Never
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2011) : Declare
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2013) : Hide Me Among the Graves


Tim Powers recommends
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The Digging Leviathan (1984)
(Digging Leviathan)
James P Blaylock
"A literally wonderful novel - Blaylock's convincingly idiosyncratic characters lurch, rage and strive through a sort of modern day Heironymus Bosch cityscape that makes us peer a little more suspiciously at the pavement under our own feet."
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The Kundalini Equation (1986)
Steven Barnes
"Barnes gives us characters that are vividly real people, conceived with insight and portrayed with compassion and rare skill."
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Dark Sleeper (2000)
(Western Lights, book 1)
Jeffrey E Barlough
"This is a wonderfully rich book, as vivid and gleaming as a Dore etching; it's a wild carriage ride through the enchanted old streets and perilous country, with odder characters than any this side of Sherlock Holmes's London. You don't read this book, you live in it, and when you've finished you'll want to go back again soon."
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Warchild (2002)
(Warchild , book 1)
Karin Lowachee
"Compelling... a harrowing tale of easy treacheries and difficult loyalties... Lowachee brings her characters to vivid life."
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We Are All Completely Fine (2014)
Darryl Gregory and Daryl Gregory
"Charming and horrifying—you won't be able to stop reading it."
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Red Snow (2017)
Ian R MacLeod
"By turns horrifying and hauntingly beautiful, this epic vampire story is the stuff of real nightmares."
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Mormama (2017)
Kit Reed
"A harrowing supernatural Southern gothic--completely convincing, and scary in all sorts of ways."


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