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Mark A. Rayner

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Don’t panic, it’s only Mark A. Rayner, award-winning author of satirical books, absurd fiction and the occasional screed on the problems with time travel novels. When he’s not writing about the infinite universe theory and manic pixie aliens, Mark teaches at Western University in Canada, which definitely doesn’t have a beaver problem.

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Mark A. Rayner Like many of my framing ideas for a book, the idea for The Fatness came to me in a dream, fully formed.

I should call it a nightmare, as it was terrify…more
Like many of my framing ideas for a book, the idea for The Fatness came to me in a dream, fully formed.

I should call it a nightmare, as it was terrifying. I started writing this book as a way to exorcise it from my mind. It’s probably no coincidence I had the
dream while I was in the midst of reading The Obesity Myth. It was a challenge to write.

As I mention in the afterword, I’ve struggled with weight issues most of my life, so I found it quite difficult to write a humorous account of what it would be like to be imprisoned for your weight. In truth, I had to stop writing it for a while. I probably started and stopped this project more than any other piece of writing I’ve ever tackled. The first idea went down on paper in 2004, and I didn’t actually have a working draft until 2013. The title, however, was there from the beginning.

When I had that first draft, I did question it. Should I open up this idea? Will some people think it’s actually a good idea? Despite my worries, I kept writing. In the end I figured I could trust my readers to see it was satire.(less)
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“People who have so much of their personality invested in the Internet can’t really survive as whole individuals without it.”
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“That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization, Blake. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.”
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message 13: by Dale

Dale Thele Mark, thanx for accepting my friend request :)


message 12: by Mark

Mark Rayner Katy wrote: "Thanks for the recommend of Children of the Dust. It was published too recently to be the one I was looking for, which I read in 1982, I believe. This one was first published in 1985, so ... But ..."

Yeah, I thought it might be too recent, but you look pretty young in your picture, so I thought I'd suggest it anyway :)


message 11: by Katy

Katy Thanks for the recommend of Children of the Dust. It was published too recently to be the one I was looking for, which I read in 1982, I believe. This one was first published in 1985, so ... But I appreciate the thought!


Savannah Mark, thank you for the friendship.


message 9: by Mark

Mark Rayner Rasmenia wrote: "Hi Mark!

Thanks for adding me!

Yes, I adore Vonnegut. Favorite? I'm not sure I'm able to come up with an answer for that, though. ;)

I dig the bio - made me laugh. Even thought I shouldn't. I kn..."


It was an unfair question. And thanks right back at you!


Rasmenia Massoud Hi Mark!

Thanks for adding me!

Yes, I adore Vonnegut. Favorite? I'm not sure I'm able to come up with an answer for that, though. ;)

I dig the bio - made me laugh. Even thought I shouldn't. I know that radioactive baboons are a serious matter... especially when they get all feisty & bitey.

Cheers!
Ras


message 7: by Mark

Mark Rayner Leila wrote: "Hello Mark!
Thank you for adding me :) I'm glad you enjoyed the Slaughterhouse-Five entry, even though it mostly consisted of quotes. It's a great book with so many re-citable parts. I haven't read..."


I wouldn't do that -- it's perfect. You've probably already read it, but Cat's Cradle has lots of quotable bits too!


message 6: by Leila

Leila Hello Mark!
Thank you for adding me :) I'm glad you enjoyed the Slaughterhouse-Five entry, even though it mostly consisted of quotes. It's a great book with so many re-citable parts. I haven't read anything else by Vonnegut but I am definitely planning to (as soon as I've finished my reading challenge). As for the picture, it's not really though you're not the first one to comment on it :| The photo is actually from Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightley). I love the actress and the book and film so I wanted to use the picture. I guess maybe I should change it to another one just to avoid confusion :( Oh well.

Take care :)


maricar hi Mark! thanks for the friend invitation and the comment about the review:)

I hope to read more Vonnegut, too...but am a bit swamped these days hehe.

have a good day, happy reading and good luck with the writing ^_^


message 4: by Tara

Tara Thanks for the friendship Mark!


Roxanne Thanks for being a friend.


message 2: by Mark

Mark Rayner Ah, caught me!


Hertzan Chimera hi Mark,

good book synergy

:)


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