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genre: speculative fiction, vampire literature, fantasy, historical fantasy, recursive science fiction, adventure fiction, steampunk fiction, urban fantasy, science fiction
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: California State University, Fullerton
occupation: writer, novelist, actor, author, science fiction writer, fantasy author
award received: Philip K. Dick Award, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, Science Fiction Chronicle Award, World Fantasy Award, Locus Awards, International Horror Guild Award, Geffen Award
Timothy Thomas Powers (born February 29, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare. His 1987 novel On Stranger Tides served as inspiration for the Monkey Island franchise of video games and was optioned for adaptation into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Most of Powers' novels are "secret histories". 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 characters.
Typically, Powers strictly adheres to established historical facts. He reads extensively on a given subject, and the plot develops as he notes inconsistencies, gaps and curious data; regarding his 2001 novel Declare, he stated,
I made it an ironclad rule that I could not change or disregard any of the recorded facts, nor rearrange any days of the calendar – and then I tried to figure out what momentous but unrecorded fact could explain them all.
He is not to be confused with voice actor Tim Powers.
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