2020 Snapshot: Aidan Doyle

Aidan Doyle is a Melbourned-based writer, editor, and computer programmer. His short stories have been published in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Nature, and other places. He is the co-editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominated Sword and Sonnet and the author of The Writer’s Book of Doubt. He has visited more than 100 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia, and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. https://www.aidandoyle.net https://twitter.com/aidan_doyle

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

The Writer’s Book of Doubt is a collection of essays with advice for dealing with the problems of the writing life. It’s illustrated by Kathleen Jennings. One of my short stories, 1078 Reasons, is shortlisted for this year’s Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story. I also had a Nordic Western short story published in PodCastle and a story about a giant robot lizard facing prejudice in Tokyo published in Robot Dinosaur Fiction.

2. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far?

Along with E. Catherine Tobler and Rachael K. Jones, I ran a Kickstarter for and co-edited Sword and Sonnet, an anthology of original stories about battle poets. We were thrilled with the range of stories we recieved and how the book turned out. The anthology was shortlisted for the Ditmar, the Aurealis and World Fantasy Award, which was a wonderful experience for editing a book for the first time.

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

Like many people, I loved Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth and am looking forward to the sequel. In terms of short stories, there’s Margo Lanagan’s collection Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories. And of course Shaun Tan’s art and stories. I loved his most recent books, Cicada and Tales From the Inner City.

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