Jon Evans

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Jon Evans
Born (1973-04-11) April 11, 1973 (age 45)
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
OccupationNovelist, Journalist
GenreThriller, fantasy

Jon Evans (born in April 11, 1973[1]) is a Canadian novelist, journalist, adventure traveler, and software engineer.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born to an expatriate Rhodesian father and Canadian mother, Evans grew up in Waterloo, Ontario and graduated from the University of Waterloo.[4] He has a degree in electrical engineering and over 10 years of experience working as a software engineer.[5]


Evans won the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel from the Crime Writers of Canada for his book Dark Places and has been reviewed in such publications as The Economist[6] and The Washington Post.[7] His graphic novel The Executor was named one of the ten best of 2010 by Comic Book Resources,[8] and his novel Beasts of New York won a 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards medal.[9]

Evans has also written for magazines such as New Scientist, The Times of India, The Walrus, and Wired, and the newspapers The Globe and Mail and The Guardian, and he writes a weekly column for TechCrunch.[10][11] Now based in San Francisco, California, he frequently travels the world to research the locations of his novels.[12][13]


Much of Evans' work is released under a Creative Commons license and can be downloaded for free.[14]


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  • Dark Places (UK title: Trail of the Dead). 2004.
  • Blood Price. 2005.
  • Invisible Armies. 2006.
  • The Night of Knives. 2007.
  • Beasts of New York (1.0, Online, longer, unedited ed.). 2011.
  • Beasts of New York (2.0, Published, shorter, edited ed.). 2011.
  • Swarm. 2012.

Graphic Novels[edit]

  • Illustrated by Mutti, Andrea (2010). The Executor (Vertigo Crime). Vertigo Comics.[15]
  • "The Coder". 1. November 16, 2010.

Travel Writing[edit]

  • No Fixed Address. 2015.[16]


  • "Blood, Bullets, Bombs and Bandwidth". Slashdot. July 24, 2003.
  • "Wiring the War Zone". Wired (13.09). September 2005.
  • "In the Shadow of Doom". The Walrus. 2006.
  • "Free Delivery: Birth in Haiti". The Walrus. 2008.
  • "Better Dying Through Chemistry". The Walrus. October 23, 2008.
  • "Can A Video Game Make You Cry?". Maisonneuve. January 2009.
  • "Burning With Desire". The Walrus. September 13, 2010.
  • "This Is Where The Magic Happens". TechCrunch. June 7, 2011.
  • "Save Helpless Faraway Africans From The Comfort Of Your Armchair!". TechCrunch. March 10, 2013.
  • "Such DFW. Very Orwell. So Doge. Wow". TechCrunch. January 11, 2014.


  1. ^ "Jon Evans". rezendi.
  2. ^ "Jon Evans". TechCrunch.
  3. ^ "John Evans - Home". Rezendi.
  4. ^ "Jon Evans (author)". OverDrive. Retrieved September 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Jon Evans". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Treats off the street: The war on terror is good for thrillers". The Economist. August 10, 2006. p. 71.
  7. ^ Lipez, Richard (October 23, 2005). "Mysteries (Escape from Sarajevo: Review of Jon Evans's The Blood Price)". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ "My best ten of 'ten!'". Comic Book Resources. January 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "2011 Finalists in Fantasy (Adult Fiction)". BOTYA. 2011.
  10. ^ "Jon Evans (author)". OverDrive. Retrieved September 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Jon Evans". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  14. ^ "Steal This Book!". TechCrunch. January 21, 2012.
  15. ^ Esposito, Joey (May 24, 2010). "Vertigo Crime's The Executor Review: Is the Vertigo Crime line continuing to evolve?". Crave Online.
  16. ^ Jon Evans on Twitter

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