Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room. His essays and reviews have appeared in AE, Calafia, The New York Review of Science Fiction, the Ottawa Citizen, Strange Horizons and Tor.com. His sf fanzine, Ecdysis, was a two-time finalist for the Aurora Award.
Jonathan has been interviewed or profiled 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. He has also appeared as a panelist and presenter at science fiction conventions like Can-Con, Readercon and SFContario.
A former political operative, history graduate student, civil servant, small-town newspaper reporter and reptile breeder, Jonathan lives in Shawville, Quebec, on a property a friend once described as “living in an Enid Blyton novel,” with his wife, Jennifer Seely, their
three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes.
About Angus McWetboy
Jonathan uses “mcwetboy” as his username an awful lot. What’s that about?
“Angus McWetboy” first appeared during his stint at the University of Waterloo, where he 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, though in truth it probably started as a riff on the burger joint), just a few syllables that sounded funny to him 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 his fellow students didn’t get the joke, and begged him 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 his home page, which lived at mcwetboy.com from 2001 to 2011.
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