Warning: satire zone!

The FatnessHuman-shaped, simian-obsessed, robot-fighting, pirate-hearted, storytelling junkie, Mark A. Rayner is a writer of satirical and speculative fiction.

He is the author of four novels, hundreds of short stories & flash fictions, and several plays.

His newest work is The Fatness. It’s a satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (Don’t worry, it’s a love story.)

Canadian indie author of Shelf Monkey and Husk, and (full disclosure) former student of Mark’s, says: “Mark A. Rayner—an all-Canadian synthesis of Douglas Adams and Ben Elton—understands that the best satire is only five degrees to the left of reality. The Fatness may not be reality (yet), but it’s too close for comfort. Luckily, it’s also funny as heck.”

Mark’s previous book is a satire of the technological singularity called The Fridgularity. It examines what happens when a web designer’s web-enabled fridge becomes the conduit for an entity called Zathir, which has evolved on the Internet and promptly locked all humans out of its home.

His other novels are Marvellous Hairy and The Amadeus Net. He also has a collection of short fiction called Pirate Therapy and Other Cures, of which legendary indie author, Tom Bradley, said: “Never has pop culture been so hilariously satirized, nor history so perversely revised.”

By day, Mark  teaches his bemused students at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (Western University), how to construct digital images, web sites, and viable information architectures that will not become self-aware and destroy all humans.

You can learn more about Mark and his writings at this very website. Imagine! Check out The Skwib, his irregular blog filled with nonsense, and a more in-depth bio.

Later, there will be cake…

Mark A. Rayner, thinking about how seriously not to take life