This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

LibraryThing Author:
Mark A. Rayner

Mark A. Rayner is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

See Mark A. Rayner's author page.

Search markarayner's books

Random books from markarayner's library

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes

Immortality by Milan Kundera

The Magic Labyrinth (Riverworld Saga, Book 4) by Philip Jose Farmer

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Ubik (Spanish Edition) by Philip K. Dick

The Amadeus Net

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes

Members with markarayner's books

Member gallery (3)

(see all 3 pictures)

RSS feeds

Recently-added books

markarayner's reviews

Reviews of markarayner's books, not including markarayner's

Helper badges

Common KnowledgeFiverTenner


Member: markarayner

CollectionsYour library (688)

Reviews24 reviews

Tagshumor (4), satire (3), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (2), Mozart (2), monkeys (2), humorous science fiction (2), dystopia (2), utopia (2), artificial intelligence (2), humorous fiction (1) — see all tags

MediaNot set (3), Book (685), Paper Book (671), Audiobook (3), Ebook (1)

Cloudstag cloud, author cloud, tag mirror

About meMark acquired his super-powers on the day he was bitten by a radioactive baboon.

His grandfather had taken him to a petting zoo near Mark's home town of London (the other one, in Canada) and the ten-year old had been delighted to discover that there were monkeys. The only thing that would have made him happier was the presence of pirates, but the pirate petting zoo had been forced out of business earlier that year because of all the hook-related litigation.

Shortly after his mauling by the red-assed, Old World monkey, Mark began to exhibit his new super-powers. First mimicry, then copious hair growth, and finally, the storytelling. All three powers drove his family crazy.

Despite these gifts, he survived the 70s and 80s. (In fact, he is still pleasantly surprised that he was not vaporized in the mid-80s, though he never took the threat of global thermonuclear war personally, despite his encounter with the irradiated primate.)

Since then Mark has explored many storytelling media; the theatre, radio, print, and of course, the web. He's had several plays produced, more than two dozen short stories published, and he has written two novels: THE AMADEUS NET (ENC Press, 2005), and MARVELLOUS HAIRY (Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink, 2009).
His own tale is currently set in his hometown of London, Ontario (Canada). He also works as a freelance writer and web consultant, and he teaches at The University of Western Ontario, in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

Notable Facts:

*Has had at least five different nicknames:

* Little Tank
* Wally Woodcraft
* Destruc-tor!
* EFH (Ewok from Hel)
* The Squire

*Holds a Master's degree (in journalism) from The University of Western Ontario (UWO) and refuses to return it

*Is a typical Gen-Xer; he even lived in Prague for a year

*Kotter-like, has returned to UWO to teach digital imaging, web design and information architecture

*Co-founder and "acting" secretary of The Emily Chesley Reading Circle, dedicated to literary scholarship and Guinness:

*Member of London, Ontario's "blogging mafia" and proprietor of The Skwib:



MembershipER. LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Also onFacebook, Twitter

Real nameMark A. Rayner

LocationLondon, Ontario, Canada

Favorite authorsNot set

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/markarayner (profile)
/catalog/markarayner (library)

Member sinceDec 3, 2007

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 134,101,161 books! | Top bar: Always visible