Snarky as Pratchett, insightful as Stephenson, as full of scathing social commentary as Swift or Voltaire, and weirdly reminiscent of LeGuin, Alpha Max is the only multiverse novel you need this month, or maybe ever.~Ernest Lilley, Amazing Stories
An existential romp through an absurd multiverse!
When a physical duplicate of him appears in his living room, wearing a tight-fitting silver lamé unitard and speaking with an English accent, Max knows something bad is about to happen. Bad doesn’t even start to cover it. Max discovers he’s the only human being who can prevent the end of the world, and not just on his planet! In the multiverse, infinite Earths will be destroyed.
Personally, Max thinks the multiverse is in big trouble, because he can’t even keep his toenails clipped on the regular, let alone stop the apocalypse. His only “allies” are a race of manic pixie aliens and dozens of other versions of himself; and let’s face it, both groups are annoying as heck!
From award-winning author Mark A. Rayner, Alpha Max is a silly and serious spoof of the science fiction and superhero movie trope of multiple realities. Fans of the humorous science fiction of Douglas Adams and the black humor and satire of Kurt Vonnegut will love this dark comedy that will make you think as well as laugh.
“Funny, yet deep, this is definitely worth venturing into the multiverse for.”
~Nisha Ward, Reedsy Discovery Reviewer
“Not only is the story hilarious, but true to Mark Rayner’s style, it makes crafty insights into such topics as gender identification among other issues that create a completely satisfying reading experience! Highly recommended.”
~Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
“Rayner’s signature humor, absurdity, dark comedy, and satire, all wrapped into a great story.”
~ Scott Fabirkiewicz, Reedsy Discover Reader
Rayner is brilliant! His writing is a strange and exhilarating mixture of the cerebral and the entertaining. He doesn’t condescend to his readers, but blitzes us with ideas from an eclectic and diverse range of topics – metaphysical, physical, scientific, emotional, cultural, and random – and then trusts us to wrap our heads around all of it as we join his hero on a journey through the multiverse. Alpha Max is a crazy and wild ride.
~Karen Molenaar Terrell, author of *Cosmic Connections: Sharing the Joy*
“I highly recommend Alpha Max to readers who enjoy character growth, deep thinking, and penis jokes. What’s life without a scrotum shaped, inter-dimensional spacecraft?”
~Michael Shelton, Goodreads
Praise for Mark
“… an all-Canadian synthesis of Douglas Adams and Ben Elton…”
–Corey Redekop, author of Husk and Shelf Monkey
“… a terrific storyteller and one of the most imaginative and original writers you will ever have the pleasure of reading.”
–Ian Ferguson, author of Village of the Small Houses
“… an author with a fantastical sense of humor and a dangerous imagination.”
–The Next Best Book Club