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Alpha Max

An existential romp through an absurd multiverse!

Cover of Alpha Max, a different answer than 42
Maximilian Tundra is about to have an existential crisis of cosmic proportions.

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 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.


Early reviews

“Funny, yet deep, this is definitely worth venturing into the multiverse for.” –Nisha Ward, Reedsy Discovery

“If you’ve found yourself at the end of Douglas Adams/Christopher Moore/Terry Pratchett’s bibliographies and itching for something to read, this would be a next best step.” –Laura B., NetGalley

“At times I’m laughing, and at others I have to pause to think about what I just read. Entertaining and thought provoking. What could be better?” –Scott F., NetGalley

“Mark Rayner tells us that his story is funny with some seriousness. He’s wrong. In my opinion, this story has nearly the perfect blend of both.” –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