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Alpha Max

Alpha Max by Mark A. Rayner - cover art of main character's head sliced with galaxy inside
An existential romp through an absurd universe

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

Must read 🏆
“Funny, yet deep, this is definitely worth venturing into the multiverse for.”
~Nisha Ward, Reedsy Discovery Reviewer

Must read 🏆
“Rayner’s signature humor, absurdity, dark comedy, and satire, all wrapped into a great story.”
~ Scott Fabirkiewicz, Reedsy Discover Reader

★★★★
“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

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The Fatness

The Fatness
Winner of two literary awards for humor!

A satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (A love story.)

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.

★★★★★
“THE FATNESS is a story of socialism gone wrong is set amid a plausible backdrop with witty characters who will steal your heart and, snag your cheeseburger if you’re not careful.”
~IndieReader.com

★★★★★
“Food for thought dished out in one of the funniest novels to come around.”
~San Francisco Review of Books

★★★★★
“LOVED this book. It was funny, sweet, scary and absolutely charming. It dealt with the horror of fat phobia and discrimination sensitively and directly. Read it – you too will love it.” ~Amazon Reviewer

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The Fridgularity by Mark A. Rayner -cover art
Winner of an IRDC Discovery Award for best humor!

The Fridgularity

Chill out. It’s only the technological singularity.

Blake Given’s web-enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner’s life – and the whole world – upside down.

Blake has modest ambitions for his life. He wants to have his job reclassified, so he can join the Creative Department of the advertising firm where he works. And he wants to go out with Daphne, one of the account execs at the same company. His fridge has other plans. All Blake knows is he’s at the center of the Internet’s disappearance, worldwide economic and religious chaos, and the possibility of a nuclear apocalypse — none of which is helping him with his career plans or love life.

The Fridgularity is the story of a reluctant prophet, Internet addicts in withdrawal and a kitchen appliance with delusions of grandeur.

★★★★★
“With plenty of humor and much more, The Fridgularity is an exciting, sci-fi view askew, highly recommended.”
~Midwest Book Review

★★★★★
“If you’re looking for a combination of humor, romance and a power hungry refrigerator, look no further than The Fridgularity, a very enjoyable read. 5 stars!”
~IndieReader.com

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Pirate Therapy and Other Cures

Pirate Therapy and Other Cures

Ever wondered what might happen if your therapist was replaced by a pirate?

Or how disquieting it would be to receive postcards from your future self? If William Shatner was elected President of the United States, what would his inaugural address sound like?

Mark A. Rayner tackles these and stranger questions in his collection of short stories, essays and flash fiction that thrum with the absurd and hum with alienation, all to a humorous beat.

Jesus contends with dinosaurs. Marcel Duchamp describes what happens to a Dadaist who has a monkey’s tail grafted to his butt. Whether he is explaining how Anne of Green Gables destroyed the world, or outlining Thor’s new PR strategy, Rayner entertains with wit, humor and an imagination that is one step short of certifiable.

Tons of drivel — some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning!

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Marvellous Hairy

Marvellous Hairy - a novel in five fractals

So, hair is sprouting in unspeakable places and you can no longer carry a tune, but if you’re a surrealistic artiste with an addiction to Freudian mythology and guilt-free sex, turning into a monkey has its upsides.

Nick Motbot may be evolving as a novelist, but his friends aren’t too sure about his DNA. At least, not since Gargantuan Enterprises started experimenting with it. Once they figure out what’s happening to him, they decide to set things right.

Marvellous Hairy is a satirical novel about a group of friends sticking it to the man the only way they know how, with equal parts grain alcohol and applied Chaos Theory. Part literary fun-ride and part slapstick comedy, Marvellous Hairy is about the power of friendship and love, the evils of power, and the dangers of letting corrupt CEOs run our world. But most importantly, it’s about how we have to get in touch with our fun-loving inner monkeys.

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The Amadeus Net

The Amadeus Net

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is alive and in love, living in the world’s first sentient city, Ipolis. Lucky for both of them, nobody knows, but how long can it stay that way?

Set in 2028, The Amadeus Net is a satire that examines life, love and the nature of art in a world struggling to recover from a cataclysmic asteroid strike and human stupidity.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walks into the sex change clinic, determined to have his “sprouter” snipped off. So begins The Amadeus Net, a satirical novel set in the year 2028, which explores art, love, and identity at the end of the world. For more than two centuries, the one-time wunderkind has kept his existence secret while he tried to understand his immortality. Living in style through funds raised by selling “lost” Mozart works, he has also helped to create Ipolis, a utopian city-state, after the cataclysmic Shudder, a global disaster caused by an asteroid strike in 2015.

But a few complications mar Mozart’s utopia. The woman he loves is a lesbian, which, paradoxically, makes him forget about his sex-change plans. The world’s greatest reporter knows he’s still alive and will stop at nothing to expose him. The stakes are higher than he knows, because if the reporter finds him, so will the spy planning to sell Mozart’s DNA to the highest bidder. Oh, and, by the way, the world might end in seven days. His only allies are a psychotic American artist, a bland Canadian diplomat, and the city itself: a sapient, thinking machine that is screwing up as only a sapient, thinking machine can.

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cover art of The Fridgularity and Marvellous Hairy, both by Mark A. Rayner

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