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Jonathan Crowe
Worked at Health Canada
Attended University of Alberta
Lives in Shawville, QC
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As I predicted, a new global map of Pluto has been released that incorporates the imagery that has been downlinked so far from the New Horizons flyby: with gridlines, without gridlines. If nothing else, the equatorial projection demonstrates how...
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This morning my review of The Just City and The Philosopher Kings, the first two books of Jo Walton's Thessaly trilogy, went live at AE. I don't have the background in classical history and literature to get all the...
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I appeared on a panel called "It's Actually About Ethics: Reviewing the Work of Colleagues and Friends" at Readercon. That was last weekend. Scott Edelman recorded video of that panel, so you can...
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The sixth volume of the massive History of Cartography Project, Cartography in the Twentieth Century, is now available. Edited by Mark Monmonier, it takes two physical volumes and nearly two thousand pages to cover mapmaking in the twentieth century...
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The New Horizons spacecraft's rendezvous with Pluto is next week, folks, but we're already getting better views of our favourite dwarf planet than we've ever had before. NASA has assembled images taken between June 27 and July 3 into...
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Ecdysis is, you may remember, a nominee for this year's Aurora Award for Best Fan Publication. It's available for free online, so its inclusion in the formal voter's packet isn't really necessary. But since making all the eligible issues available...
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Exciting news last week for those of us interested in the evolution of snakes: the announcement that a fossil snake with four legs has been discovered (abstract). The 20-cm long fossil of Tetrapodophis amplectus, which dates from the early Cretaceous,...
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Great Escapes: The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps by Barbara Bond (Times Books, October 2015): history of the escape maps produced for prisoners of war. Pre-order at Amazon (Canada, U.K.). Mapping the Second World...
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The New Yorker's Elements blog has a piece about mapcodes. These are short alphanumeric codes assigned to every location on the planet, with short codes reserved for areas of high population density. It's meant to be a substitute for latitude...
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Lou Anders interviews fantasy mapmaker Robert Lazzaretti, who drew the maps for Anders's Thrones and Bones series (Frostborn, Nightborn). I can never get enough information about the process of making fantasy maps. Previously: Mapping An Ember in the Ashes;...
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So the proposal for a Best Saga Hugo Award (see previous entry) has since been revised: they've abandoned getting rid of Best Novelette, which was needlessly zero-sum, and have lowered the minimum word count. The proposal now says 300,000 words;...
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Book reviewer, cat photographer, fanzine editor, map blogger, snake whisperer.
Introduction
Jonathan Crowe’s long-running blog, The Map Room (2003–2011), was called “one of the finest map blogs on the Internet.”¹ Other web projects include DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics that made him world famous for 15 minutes in 2004; and Gartersnake.info, a website for garter snake keepers.

He reviews Canadian science fiction for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review; edits an Aurora Award-nominated science fiction fanzine, Ecdysis; and has published essays in The New York Review of Science Fiction and the Ottawa Citizen.

As a commentator on maps and the Olympics, he has 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.

Jonathan 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.

He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his partner, their three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes.

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¹ Mike Parker, Map Addict (London: Collins, 2009), p. 324.
Education
  • University of Alberta
    Ph.D. student, History (incomplete), 1996 - 1999
  • University of Waterloo
    M.A., History, 1994 - 1995
  • University of Winnipeg
    B.A. (Hons.), History, 1990 - 1994
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Gender
Male
Relationship
In a relationship
Work
Occupation
Blogger, editor, writer
Employment
  • Health Canada
    Senior Editor/Writer, 2009 - 2009
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Writer/Editor, 2008 - 2008
  • Health Canada
    Senior Editor/Writer, 2007 - 2008
  • Pontiac Printshop Ltd.
    Reporter, 2003 - 2004
  • Department of Justice (Canada)
    Legislative Revisor, 2000 - 2003
  • Human Resources Development Canada
    Planning and Analysis Officer, 1999 - 2000
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Currently
Shawville, QC
Previously
Winnipeg, MB - Waterloo, ON - Edmonton, AB - Ottawa, ON - Gatineau, QC