About

I’m probably best known for The Map Room, my blog about maps, which I restarted in January 2016 after a 4½-year hiatus.

I’ve also reviewed Canadian science fiction for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review and published articles in The New York Review of Science Fiction and the Ottawa Citizen. My sf fanzine, Ecdysis, is a two-time finalist for the Aurora Award.

Other projects include DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics that made me world famous for 15 minutes in 2004, and Gartersnake.info, a website for garter snake keepers.

As a commentator on maps and the Olympics, I’ve been interviewed or featured by Agence France-Presse, the BBC World Service, the Boston Globe, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, Folha de São Paolo, the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Ottawa Sun, Reuters, RTÉ, Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Star and the West Quebec Post, among others.

I’ve also appeared as a panelist and presenter at science fiction conventions like Can-Con, Readercon and SFContario.

I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and studied European history at the universities of Winnipeg, Waterloo and Alberta, which circuitously led to stints as a reporter for a small-town weekly newspaper, a writer of briefing notes, and an editor of government regulations and ministerial correspondence.

In 2003 I moved to Shawville, Quebec, where I live with my wife Jennifer Seely, our three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes.

About Angus McWetboy

I use “mcwetboy” as my username an awful lot. What’s up with that, you ask?

“Angus McWetboy” first appeared during my stint at the University of Waterloo, where I published a surreal e-mail newsletter for the history graduate student association in which “Angus” was a recurring character. The name meant nothing in particular (other than a vague notion that anything Scottish was inherently funny), just a few syllables that sounded funny to me at the time. “Angus” was a madman who obsessed about imported cheese products from faraway places, and the insect pests that infiltrated his stocks (cheese weevils, Tajikistan — made no sense). Most of my fellow students didn’t get the joke, and begged me to tone down the lunatic tone of the newsletter before it got them into trouble with their professors.

Later on, it seemed unique and meaningless enough to use as a user name and as a domain name for my home page, which lived at mcwetboy.com from 2001 to 2011.

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