Keelan Cavanaugh is fat. That’s why the government put him in prison.
They placed him in a Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC), where trained staff work to help him and many others slim down. Well, that was the intention, anyway. The powers that be had decided chubby citizens must either go there or lose their health care coverage.
When he meets Jacinda Williams, an activist lawyer researching this new system, Keelan is more determined than ever to slim down. But Keelan discovers losing weight is more difficult than it seems, especially when he also has to fight against a ridiculous bureaucracy and policy wonks with hidden agendas. Can he succeed? Will the CRC-crossed lovers ever dine at love’s banquet together?
From award-winning author Mark A. Rayner, The Fatness is a contemporary satire of socialism, capitalism, and the so-called “obesity epidemic”. This is Catch-22 for a new generation, with a distinctly tender undertone, even as it mercilessly spoofs the establishment.
A satire of the technological singularity.
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.
More about the book on The Fridgularity page.
Pirate Therapy and Other Cures is a collection of short, flash and micro-fictions that I’ve written over the past six years or so. There is a wide variety of madness going on in this collection: a therapist is replaced by a pirate. The author receives disquieting postcards from his future self. William Shatner is elected President of the United States, and we get to hear his inaugural address. Jesus contends with dinosaurs. Marcel Duchamp describes what happens to a Dadaist who has a monkey’s tail grafted to his butt.
Tons of drivel — some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning!
My second novel is called Marvellous Hairy — a novel in five fractals.
Marvellous Hairy is the touching story of a surrealistic novelist and his descent down the family tree as he is regressed to a monkey state by the evil Gargantuan Enterprises; his friends find out and have a plan to save him and fight the man the best way they know how: with grain alcohol and applied Chaos Theory.
The Amadeus Net is my first novel, at least, the first that I will admit to. It is a futuristic satire that asks the question, would an immortal Mozart have his own “sprouter” snipped off? Do sentient cities fall in love?
Find out more at The Amadeus Net page.