Today I am interviewing Gareth L. Powell, author of the new omnibus, Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy, a collection of the three books in the sci-fi trilogy, Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy.
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DJ: Hey Gareth! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Gareth: I’ve written eight novels and two collections of short fiction. I’ve won the BSFA Award for best novel, and been a finalist for the Seiun Award in Japan. I live in Bristol, in the South West of England, and enjoy reading, tea, and the smell of bookshops.
DJ: What is the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy about?
Gareth: Put simply, it’s an alternate history thriller in which a handful of unlikely characters set out to investigate a murder and end up having to save the world.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy?
Gareth: While I was writing, I wasn’t particularly aware of any specific influence, but looking back after the fact, I’d have to say that you can definitely see traces of influence from Michael Moorcock’s Cornelius Quartet, which I read at an impressionable age, as well as work by Philip K. Dick and William Gibson.
DJ: Could you actually tell us a little about the first book in the trilogy, Ack-Ack Macaque, too? (Seeing as how this is where readers will be starting) 😛
Gareth: The first book introduces us to the setting, which is a Europe in which the UK and France agreed a political merger in the late 1950s, following an unexpected victory in Suez. The action takes place a century later, and follows former journalist Victoria Valois as she tries to discover why someone killed her ex-husband and scooped out his brain. Continue reading