Tom Doyle’s Stories


For my readings of these stories, click on “Audio” above.

My Short Story Collection

Noise Man

Gifts of the Spirit

Pythian Games

A.I. Oh!


While Ireland Holds These Graves


Winner of the WSFA Small Press Award. “The autumn issue of the historical fantasy magazine Paradox includes a strong story by Tom Doyle, ‘The Wizard of Macatawa’, set in present day Macatawa, MI, where a couple of kids, including the narrator Tip … discover a mysterious device in the lake. Apparently the device was once owned by L. Frank Baum, who lived in Macatawa for a time, and it attracts, well, wicked witches from another land. The Oz references are well-done, and Tip’s voice – bitter for a number of reasons… – is excellently captured. The Oz as SF notions are nice, and the story is moving.”  Rich Horton, Locus Magazine

Sea and Stars

On Strange Horizons:


“Tom Doyle’s “Crossing Borders” is a transgressive story of woman employed as a whore/spy in a Galactic wrangle.  Her combination of power over her targets and powerlessness relative to her controllers, and the cynical view of an interesting backgrounded political situation, make the story fascinating.”  Rich Horton, Locus Magazine.


“Tom Doyle’s “The Floating Otherworld” is a dizzying journey through the mysterious underbelly of Tokyo, as seen by a confused American.  He becomes involved with a beautiful woman and a sinister man, and seems, perhaps, to be required to expiate the tragedy of Hiroshima.”  Rich Horton, Locus Magazine.


On Futurismic:



Hooking Up

“The title character is the kind of psychotic violence-prone anti-hero we’ll all be cheering for if the spammers, the ad flacks and the copyright goons get their way.”  Jeremy Lyon, Futurismic.


“In January [Futurismic] posted an intelligent and creepy piece from Tom Doyle, ‘Consensus Building.’  Irena,an ambitious manager at HyperCerebraCorp, has volunteered to alpha test anew head chip.  Besides offering memory enhancements and the like, the chip can be used for pep talks, dress suggestions, conversation help, and, of course, advertising.  It is also vulnerable to hacking, and Doyle’s story nastily suggests a couple of ways such a chip could be misused.”  Rich Horton, Locus Magazine




The Garuda Bird

“Utterly charming Bollywood sci-fi… Beautiful & brilliant.”  Bluejack, IROSF





In Fictitious Force:

Cornered (to order issue #3)

In Continuum SF:

“[A] research team monitoring a black hole detects gravitational anomalies that hint at communication with another universe.  The story very nicely marries the pretty cool SFnal ideas with an effective story of a woman’s relationship with her husband.” Rich Horton’s Market Summaries


In Quantum Muse:

Food Chain (some juvenilia, at least in terms of my career)

Other Reviews and Awards

Other Fiction