Timothy Gwyn

Far Gone, fiction, Issue 31, June 1, 2015


Birthday? Second Thursday of 1958. That makes me a Fire Rooster with far to go.
 
When did you start writing? I wrote my first science fiction story in Junior High, about the crew of a naval vessel recovering an alien probe from the ocean.
 
When and what and where did you first get published? My first fiction appeared in CanPara, the members magazine of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association, in May of 1980. They printed "Jumping Through a Loophole," a speculative story about a parachutist dropping in on a transatlantic airship.
 
What themes do you like to write about? I like underdogs. My main characters are usually working at a disadvantage of some sort; they are never the biggest or strongest. Or even the healthiest. As a pilot, the challenges of "alternative aviation" fascinate me, as do those of spaceflight.
 
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? Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass; I wish I had created Lyra Belacqua, she's such a troublemaker. Robert J. Sawyer's Wake; Caitlin Decter is "made of awesome". Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games was revelatory for me. Until I read it, I was  feeling very guilty that I was going to kill off some youngsters in my YA novel. Permission granted! By the way, "Far Gone" is a prequel story to that as yet unpublished novel, Avians of Celadon
 
Biography
Timothy Gwyn was born in Plymouth, England in 1958, the son of an oceanographer and a former science teacher. Because of his father's travels, Tim lived in England, the USA, Canada and Australia before graduating from high school. Tim became a Canadian in 1970 and learned to fly as a teenager so that he could pursue the romance of life as a bush pilot. He flew float planes and ski planes, worked for a time as an air ambulance pilot, and now flies for an air taxi company specializing in remote communities and gravel runways. Somewhere in there he also did stints as a lifeguard and a radio announcer. Married with an average of two cats, he does some of his best creative thinking on long walks in the woods. "Freezer Burn," another Celadon story, appeared in Antipodean SF #199.