Chris Kluwe is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction collection Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, a contributor to Press Start To Play, and the lead designer of the tabletop card game Twilight of the Gods. A former NFL player, Kluwe has received wide attention for his TED talk about the future of technology, virtual reality, and empathy, and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today.
Praise for Chris Kluwe An impressively nasty future Miami, with a smart female protagonist, and plenty of action, both real and virtual. --William Gibson on Otaku An ideological sledgehammer--a thrilling tale full of the kinds of heroes we both need and deserve. --Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, on Otaku Ass-kicking and desperate, bleakness and rebellion arm-wrestling for all the marbles in a slim, sharp narrative--Otaku speedruns the future. --Max Gladstone, author of How to Lose the Time War Otaku is an energy drink in book form: brightly colored, refreshing and designed to be bolted down for effect. --The New York Times The most interesting man in the N.F.L. --The New York Times Author and former NFL player Chris Kluwe's first novel will grip readers with its riveting pace, fierce heroine and intense focus on combating social injustices. -- Shelf Awareness Parts sf, mystery, and romance, this high-adrenaline thriller captures the intensity of in-game encounters in a postapocalyptic world, with a fiery protagonist who holds nothing back--whether fighting monsters or relentless misogyny. Recommended for fans of dark gaming stories, with a side of violence. --Library Journal The quirky and sometimes pugnacious ex-punter for the Vikings reveals a little more about his views on social issues, and a lot more about himself, his career and how his frenetic and far-ranging mind works....Kluwe proves himself to be, indeed, a man for all season--not just football season. --The Minneapolis Star Tribune In a league (and sports climate) which has become one, long, repetitive sound bite, a guy who will actually say something meaningful. --BleacherReport.com Chris Kluwe is a glimmering sparklepony of candor (and not afraid to dive fearlessly into the marriage equality debate). --Mother Jones It's a strongly worded, profanity laced political and philosophical manifesto from an unlikely new pundit: pro football player Chris Kluwe ... Mr. Kluwe's particular talent as a prose stylist lies in his creative use of inventive swear words. --The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy on Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies Kluwe is a genuine iconoclast.... Kluwe's writing makes for an entertaining read. He's as adept at the art of the take-down... but he is capable of toning it down when he has to.... His words present compelling arguments on myriad deep and unsolvable, yet relentlessly fascinating problems. --The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies Intelligent and thought-provoking, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies is relentlessly honest; Kluwe pulls no punches, spares no language and writes a rip-roaring debut. -- Shelf Awareness A lively collection. In mixing the profane with the prophetic while using a variety of literary devices, the author succeeds at being both entertaining and enlightening. An intriguing assortment of work from an athlete with a lot on his mind. --Kirkus on Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies Kluwe is a brainy loudmouth dyspeptic idealistic pessimistic utopian punter/gay rights activist/champion of free speech/family guy who plays guitar. He's sort of Charles Barkley meets Bill Spaceman Lee--but with more gravitas. --ESPN.com Kluwe's combination of passion and intelligent self-deprecation has resulted in some must-read stuff....Kluwe is a talented writer with plenty to say. He just happens to kick footballs for a living. --The Maine Edge on Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies