2020 Jury Member: Chris McClennan

Last, but definitely not least, and in addition to Cousin Pons, May More, Exhibit A and Brigit Delaney, it’s my sincere pleasure to welcome back my good friend, Chris McClennan as a judge for this year’s marathon. He’s no stranger to the marathon, as he was also one of last year’s judges.


C.P. (Chris) McClennan is the atheist, ethically non-monogamous, liberal-minded, gun control freak that your mother forgot to warn you about… mostly as she passed out after reading the word “atheist”.

At least that’s what his Tinder profile says.

Originally, he is from Calgary, Alberta where he was one of “those” seven-year-olds ushered into the cinema house to see the first Star Wars film in its initial theatrical run. He grew up in the Rocky Mountains spending time on both the American and Canadian sides…and don’t hold the American thing against him as he is very Canadian (sorry). In the mid-80s, he became “Stranded in Toronto”, where he has resided ever since.

He is a long-time recovering Irish-Catholic that struggles with the interior guilt battle daily bringing out demons the likes of which even Captain Smollett on “Muppet Treasure Island” could not fathom. Did we mention he has an unsafe love of The Muppets?

His first novel, “Just Prey” (Book one of The Savannah Trilogy) was published not long after his 42nd birthday. Being his work is heavily influenced by Douglas Adams, this timing should be about as surprising as the number “42” he has literally tattooed on his left shoulder. In a related point, he stopped having birthdays after 2012 (this coming year will be his ninth-annual 42nd birthday).

Since that time, he has published six novels including the remainder of The Savannah Trilogy (Book two – “Darwin’s Sword”; Book three – “The Orphan War”), “The Chronicles of Fifi”, “Tales of Director Jake”, “Director Jake and the Mountain of Swingers”, and “A Cold Saddle”.

He writes multi-genre fiction with heavy-handed influence from the likes of the aforementioned Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Nancy Kress, Gene Roddenberry, George Carlin, and occasionally “Weird Al” Yankovic. He often mixes erotica with “anything but romance”, from science fiction to humour to horror; almost always with an atheist slant and the lyrics of the band Rush thrown in for kicks. His most recent publications are a new erotic, science fiction, humor series; “Norris Nix the Third”.

He has also been blogging, in one form or another, for fifteen-odd… some very odd… years. He finally took the plunge officially in 2011, introducing his first official blog site, “Stranded in Toronto”. Currently, his author site (www.cpmcclennan.com) hosts much of his shorter fiction as well as blog posts on sexuality, ethical non-monogamy, politics, atheist, fatherhood, and what it means to be Canadian (sorry about that).

At home, he is a tattooed husband, father of four teens (almost… eldest will be 21 by the time Smut Marathon 2020 is done), and life coach in the ethical non-monogamy community. He always knows where his towel is and keeps leaving Twitter hints to assist others in finding their own.

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