Swancon XIII – Progress Report 1 – An Interview with Tim Richards

This is from page what we shall call 8 (if we treat the front cover as 1 as per our Summary) of the first Progress Report of Swancon XIII. Transcribed by Elaine Walker. All typos reproduced as faithfully as possible. Except for all the weird extra spaces. I didn’t feel the need to reproduce those.

AN INTERVIEW WITH TIM RICHARDS by Tim Richards

Q: I understand you were born in Donnybrook, of poor but honest farming folk?

A: It’s a lie! I was in fact born in Peru in 1823 as the spiritual twin of the revolutionary Simon Bolivar. A tempestuous life awaited me, if not for the fact that I was spirited away by Gypsies at the age of three.

Q: Gypsies? In South America?

A: Did I say Gypsies? They were in fact the original inhabitants of Easter Island – a strange race of extraterrestrials with the uncanny power to levitate onions.

Q: Ah… and your first contact with science fiction fandom was through your re-awakened interest in Doctor Who?

A: Either that or ‘the Magic Roundabout’…

Q: And you helped found the local Doctor Who club, The West Lodge, which is still going strong. I hear you’ve also dabbled in other areas of media S.F. – Blake’s 7, Star Trek, Hitch-Hiker’s, The Prisioner…

A: …Lost in Space…

Q: Yeah, but I didn’t think you’d want to admit that. Why do you think the SWANCON 13 Committee asked you to be a Fan Guest of Honour?

A: Insanity? Desperation? Who knows? Maybe they just liked my Dalek baseball cap at SWANCON 12.

Q: Right. Well, that’s just about all we have time for…

A: Can I just point out that I have a large collection of S.F. paperbacks (I’ve even read some of them) – I’m not only a media fan you know…

Q: So we say ‘thank you’ Tim Richards…

A: Oh yes, and I’d just like to plug WHOCON 4 (DETAILS ELSEWHERE IN THE REPORT) if you don’t mind…

Q: …and now for something completely different.

A: I want to complain about this parrot…

THE END. BUT TIM WILL RETURN IN ‘SWANCON 13’…

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ASFDAP was set up in 2011 after the rediscovery by the wider SF community of an impressive hoard of Australian SF community related ephemera, fanzines and other materials in the Murdoch University basement.

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