Jonathan Crowe

I’m a blogger and writer from Shawville, Quebec. I blog about maps at The Map Room, review books for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, and edit a fanzine called Ecdysis. More about me.

Other Projects

Current Projects

  • Ecdysis
    An sf/fantasy fanzine that tries to do something different with the format.
  • Fantasy Maps
    Ongoing research into the design and role of maps in fantasy literature.
    A website for amateur garter snake enthusiasts.
  • The Map Room
    A blog about maps. Back after a four-year hiatus.

Old Projects

These projects are no longer being updated, but you can still look around and see what I’ve been up to all this time.

Discontinued Blogs

  • Ankylose This! (2006–2010)
    A multi-author blog about living with ankylosing spondylitis.
  • DFL (2004–2008)
    A blog that celebrated last-place finishes at the Olympics.
  • FRN (2006–2007)
    A blog about trains, model railroads, and railfans.
  • Prime Focus (2010–2011)
    A tumblelog about astrophotography and space images.
  • Snakes on Film (2006–2010)
    A blog that nitpicked and fact-checked snakes’ appearances in film and on television.

My Old Home Page (

Between July 2001 and February 2011, my home page was at Not everything from that site has been migrated over to this home page. But what hasn’t been migrated hasn’t gone away either. You can still click through to my sections about astronomy, reptiles, and hiking in the Canadian Rockies, and the archives of my old personal blog are still available. But the site is no longer being updated.

Small, One-Off Projects

Oh hell, don’t look at these.

  • By GOSH
    A collection of silly student club newsletters from my time at the University of Waterloo.
  • LOLsnake
    A couple of hours’ work adding lolcaptions to some of my snake photos.
  • Useful Music
    The history of the social utility of music — what my Ph.D. research would have been about.