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Thomas Canfield

The Hildalgo's Domain, fantasy, Issue 24, September 1, 2013

Thomas Canfield’s phobias run to politicians, lawyers and oil company executives. He likes dogs and beer.





Get to know Thomas...

When did you start writing? Twenty-five odd years ago, back during the Reagan Administration. 
 
When and what and where did you first get published? A short fantasy piece revolving around a child building a sandcastle on the beach, in a print publication long since expired. I can neither recollect the name of the magazine nor the piece, only that it was a definite thrill getting published.
 
What themes do you like to write about? Speculative fiction in general, more specifically anything with a historical context or related to the subject of time. Time seems a subject open to multiple interpretations and endless exploration. 

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I enjoyed most of the short fiction of James Tiptree Jr, as it transcended feminist stereotypes, was both broader and deeper yet highly entertaining at the same time. 

Also Campbell’s "Call me Joe" which seemed to encapsulate almost the whole of the movie Avatar, anticipating it by several decades. Anything by Vonnegut, with its appealing irony and irreverence. Too many more to name. 

I subscribe to Samuel Johnson’s theory (via Boswell) that one reads an entire library to produce a book. 


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