My conversation with Robert Chazz Chute

Robert Chazz ChuteI’d encourage you all to check out the Cool People Podcast this week, in which the host (and fellow London, ON author) Robert Chazz Chute, and I discuss the singularity, technology, and monkey brains! (And yes, this means I’m officially “cool”.)

Robert Chazz Chute is the award-winning author of the bestselling serial, This Plague of Days, featuring an autistic boy facing down the end of the world in a dystopian future than could begin in real life at any moment. Plus zombies! (But not real zombies.) And possibly vampires! (But not real vampires.)

And if you’re in the Other London (The “For Rest” City), join the two of us to hear us read from our work, talk more complete shite, and even offer some tips on how to do the self-publishing thing.

London Central Library (Stevenson & Hunt Room)
7 pm
Thursday, November 14
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Alltop loves a good zombie-monkey-brain tale.

You’re invited to Indie Author Night

Indie Author Night

I’d like to invite anyone who is the region of London, Ontario (or all you readers with some cash or frequent flyer points to burn), to come to a reading and discussion of the indie publishing at the London (ON) Public Library on Thursday.

Facebook Event Page
Place: London Public Library, Central Branch: Stevenson & Hunt room
Time: 7 pm
Day: November 14 (Thursday)

I’ll be reading from Pirate Therapy and Other Cures and The Fridgularty. My conspirator for the evening is Robert Chazz Chute, another Other London indie author. He’s going to be reading from post-apocalyptic (zombieish) and very popular This Plague of Days. You can find him at his website,

Afterwards, we’ll have a discussion of the publishing world, indie publishing, self-publishing, and Chazz has promised a dramatic reading and breakdancing. (He was kind enough to volunteer me for the latter, so you’re in for a horrifying evening.)

Alltop loves a good breakdance emergency.

J. K. Rowling — NOT the author of The Fridgularity

I’m not sure how these rumors get started, but just to be clear: the famous, best-selling author J. K. Rowling (best known for her Harry Potter books) is not the author of The Amadeus Net, Marvellous Hairy, or The Fridgularity. Mark A. Rayner is NOT her latest pen-name.

And now, a picture:

"use the force, harry" gandalf (with pic of patrick stewart)

If he’d added, “I’m a leaf on the wind,” we could have five.

Alltop doesn’t believe in rumors. Magic, yes, rumors, no. Other authors J. K. Rowling has written as, in case you’re wondering.

If on a Summer’s Day, a Fridgularity

You are reading a blog posting about Mark A. Rayner’s most recent book, The Fridgularity. You had been hoping to find a funny picture, and maybe a microfiction that played off that image, but instead, you find yourself reading another self-promotional piece about the author’s efforts to sell his satirical tale about the technological singularity.

What kind of man writes a satire about a hypothetical future in which robots — or artificial intelligences — take over from human beings, anyway? Despite your misgivings, you are intrigued, and continue to read. Is this posting going to be self-congratulatory as well as self-promotional, or will there be some merit to it. Will this blog posting waste my time? Make me angry? Or will I find in it a sense of whimsy and humor that finally encourages me to buy the damned book, so this fellow will stop going on about it?

Your finger is about to click on the mouse, and then you see there is a photograph.

panda with camera

This is promising. It is an amusing photo of a panda taking a picture of a young boy. It is in sepia tone, which appeals to you for some reason. Perhaps the story you had originally hoped for will now be forthcoming. But you see instead, a link to a listing of media outlets that has a news story about the author’s book, The Fridgularity: Western News, The Londoner, The Beat, Metro (London), The Daily Political, and others.

You have given this post all the time you are going to, but then you see there is an audio file as well. He did an interview with Al Coombs on CJBK radio, which is possibly entertaining. If nothing else, you would be interesting in hearing what this freak sounds like:

Alltop sounds funny. Panda pic via Imfunny, though who knows where they got it from. The author expresses his regret at ripping off Italo Calvino’s genius novel, If on a Winter’s Night, a Traveler.