Timothy Thomas Powers
is an American science fiction and fantasy uthor. Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare.
Most of Powers 's novels are: he uses actual, documented historical events featuring famous people, but shows another view of them in which occult or supernatural factors heavily influence the motivations and actions of the storylines.
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 1940s. Powers and Blaylock invented the poet William Ashbless
while they were at Cal State Fullerton.
The friend Powers first met during this period was noted science fiction riter 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 this ovel that earned him wide praise was The Anubis Gates
, which won the Philip K. Dick Award, and has since been published in severa ther languages.
Powers also teaches part-time in his role as Writer in Residence for the Orange County High School of the Arts where his riend, Blaylock, is Director of the Creative Writing Department. Powers and his cousin, Serena, currently live in Muscoy, California. He has als 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.