Interview with Tim Powers

Rick Kleffel sez,

Tim Powers is one the founding fathers of steampunk, and a writer whose every book is superb. I drove down to San Bernardino City College to talk to him about his latest work, Hide Me Among the Graves, a secret supernatural history of the Pre-Raphaelite poets and painters.

He has a rather unique perspective on writing, history and fantasy that involves identifying events that seem as if they might have some supernatural aspect and then creating a backstory that ties them together. The Rossettis; Dante Gabriel Rossetti (poet and painter), Christina (poet), William and Maria are a perfect set of subjects.

We had a great time talking about how he put it all together.

08-27-12: A 2012 Interview with Tim Powers

MP3 Link (Thanks, Rick!)



  1. Recently finished reading Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates. One of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.  Three Days To Never is also really good. Been looking forward to this one since I heard it came out, but I must save my pennies.

    1.  So many great books, but my favorite is ‘Declare’, a supernatural retelling of the story of the British mole Kim Philby. Here, Mother Russia is an actual entity, a djinn in fact, which explains why Stalin had to kill millions. Djinn are VERY hungry!

  2. I think I’ve read all of Powers’ books except for this new one. Maybe it was just because it was the first I read by to me ‘Last Call’ has always stood head and shoulders above the rest. But I enjoyed them all :)

  3. I also recommend an earlier Tim Powers book in a slightly similar setting, The Force of Her Regard, which ties in the romantic poets John Keats, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, lamias, quantum mechanics made macroscopic, vampirism, Italian revolutionaries, and quite a bit more besides.  (Never marry a statue.)  I’ll concede it might not be quite as good as Declare or Last Call, but then few books are.

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