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Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works

Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.

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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of Tim Powers and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Powers.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Powers: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Powers tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Powers worthy; in sum, to help you rank Tim Powers (and the works by Powers listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About Tim Powers

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other Tim Powers Resources

There are now several Powers-focussed sites and pages, though most are now getting rather dated. Of the dedicated sites, there are (in no special order) The Works of Tim Powers (apparently the only one up to date and still actively maintained); The Anubis Gates; Stranger Tides; and Digging Anubis (dedicated to both Powers and James Blaylock, who are friends and frequent collaborators). And there is also a Yahoo Powers discussion group.

There are also seemingly countless one-off reviews of particular books, and a veritable river of interviews, most available on the web. Rather than present a laundry list here to prove that I can use a search engine, let me point you to a couple of lists assembled by others: "Related Articles and Interviews" at The Works of Tim Powers (linked above); and "Links to Tim Powers Related Stuff" at Stranger Tides (also linked above). For yet more, remember that Google Is Your Friend.


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Tim Powers ***


(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)


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