The Powers of Fantastic Fiction | An IgnatiusInsight.com Interview with Tim Powers | September 7, 2005
Tim Powers is a unique, imaginative, and versatile author whose work has been compared to that of Michael Crichton, John le Carré, and Clive Barker. He has been described by Kirkus as "the reigning king of adult historical fantasy" and the Manchester Guardian writes, "Powers always goes the distance, never taking easy shortcuts that tempt authors with lesser imaginations." His novel Declare, a supernatural secret history of post-WWII espionage, won the 2001 World Fantasy and the International Horror Guild Awards. He is also the two-time recipient of the Philip K. Dick Award for The Anubis Gates and Dinner at Deviant's Palace, and a three-time Locus Award winner for Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather.
Born in 1952 in Buffalo, New York, Powers has lived in California since 1959. He studied English Literature at Cal State Fullerton, where he first met 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’s first major novel was The Drawing of the Dark (1979), and his next novel, The Anubis Gates, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and cemented his reputation as one of the finest contemporary science fiction/fantasy writers.
Powers describes himself as "a conservative Catholic who’s also fascinated with stuff that’s grotesque and weird and funny and dramatic." IgnatiusInsight.com recently interviewed Powers about his work, the world of science fiction and fantasy, and the relationship between literature and faith. Continue reading...