Author(s) Tim Powers
Language English
Genre(s) Fantasy, Spy novel
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date 2001
Media type Print (Paperback, Hardcover)
Pages 517 pages (Hardcover)
ISBN ISBN 0-380-79836-0 (Paperback)
ISBN 0-380-97652-8 (Hardcover)
OCLC Number 50031363

Declare (2001) is a supernatural spy novel by Tim Powers. It presents a secret history of the Cold War in which an agent for a secret British spy organization learns the true nature of several beings living on Mount Ararat. In this he is opposed by real-life communist traitor Kim Philby, who did travel extensively in the region. Philby's father, St. John Philby, was a noted Arabist whose book The Empty Quarter (on the Rub' al Khali) was extensively used as source material for the novel.

In 2001 Declare won both the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel[1] and the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel, and was nominated for a Locus Award.[1] It also appeared on the final ballot for the Nebula Award,[1] however it was later determined to be ineligible because of the limited edition that appeared the year prior to the trade edition.[2] It was published in the UK for the first time in 2010 and subsequently shortlisted for the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award for best science fiction novel.


External links

  • The Works of Tim Powers, the author's authorized website, has an interview focusing on Declare, and an extensive publishing history of the book with images from and of the various editions.
  • Powers comments on the genesis of the book in an interview in the March 1998 issue of Locus. He comments on its relationship to actual history and Roman Catholicism in an interview in the February 2002 Locus.