Adrian is the author of Tales from the Wood, and many other fairy tale-inspired short stories. He’s also an innovator and standards-maker in Internet routing, working within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he has participated in the development of many of the technologies that underpin the Internet. The mechanisms he helps invent are not visible to the normal user of email of the web, but are essential to how our access to the Internet is provided, making him more like an Internet plumber than a rocket scientist. Having co-authored almost 70 IETF specifications (known as RFCs), Adrian is acutely aware of the value of precision in language, but he also believes that even technical documentation has a right to flourish and not be dry as dust. He has carried this principle into the six reference books and numerous papers he has written, co-authored, or edited.
Writing fairy stories came as a surprise to Adrian and has developed into something somewhere between an obsession and a sickness. With fifty-eight stories published across three volumes there is no sign of the well drying up and new tales keep popping up, unbidden. Some are reworkings of well-known stories familiar to us from our childhoods, but with different perspectives; others tales were inspired by all manner of sources from Chinese folktales to obscure collections made in the nineteenth century; and some of the stories are completely original sharing only an atmosphere and archetypes with the old fairy stories.
Adrian lives and works in Llangollen in North Wales, but does most of his writing on long-haul flights and in hotel bars around the world.
I’ll be talking to Adrian about all the different types of writing that he juggles, including his own take on traditional fairy tales. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
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