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Tim Powers


(Timothy Thomas Powers)
USA flag (b.1952)

aka William Ashbless

Tim Powers won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare. Declare also received the International Horror Guild Award. His novel On Stranger Tides inspired the Monkey Island video game series and was sold to Disney for the movie franchiseinstallment Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. His book The Anubis Gates won the Philip K. Dick award and is considered a modern science fiction classic and a progenitor of the Steampunk genre. Powers won the Dick award again for straight science fiction post-apocalypse novel Dinner at Deviant's Palace. Many of his novels, such asLast Call, and Alternate Routes, upcoming from Baen Books, are so-called "secret histories," which use real historical events in which supernatural and metaphysical elements influence the story in weird and compelling manners. Powers grew up in Southern California and studied English at Cal State Fullerton, where he met frequent collaborators James Blaylock and K. W. Jeter, as well as renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick, who became a close friend and mentor. Powers is a practicing Catholic who claims "stories are more effective, and more truly represent the writer's actual convictions, when they manifest themselves without the writer's conscious assistance. I concern myself with my plots, but I let my subconscious worry about my themes." Powers still resides in Southern California with his wife, Serena.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
 
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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