Author Profile: Mark O’Connell

Author Profile:  Mark O'Connell is an author based in Dublin.

Name: Mark O’Connell

Timeline: 2017 - ‘To Be A Machine

2017 shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Royal Society science book prize.

2017 - Wellcome Book Prize.

Background: Mark O’Connell was born in 1979 in Rockville Centre, New York, United States. He is 41 years of age. Mark O’Connell resides with his family in Dublin. He has done his PhD in English Literature from Trinity College, Dublin. He is a staff writer at The Millions, a columnist for Slate and contributes regularly to The Dublin Review and The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog and to The New York Times and The Guardian.

Genre: Mark O’Connell’s preoccupations tend towards a quirky sense of the domestic, classic late Gen X: technology, pop culture riffs and future shock.

Literary Contributions: To Be A Machine is a captivating book about ‘solving the problem of death’ and about transhumanism. He has navigated in some of Silicon Valley’s stranger byways.  This writer based in Dublin has taken on immortality and is set to tackle the end of the world. The book in a very quick witted and companionable way explores anxieties and fears about the doomsday. It is a deep felt and absorbing book about living anxiously in the present and at the same time try coming to grips with the future.

Mark O'Connell is author of Notes From An Apocaly (2020), Watching Skies: Star Wars (2018), The Close Encounters Man (2017), John Banville’s Narcissi (2013).

Some of Mark O’Connell’s songs include, MakeDamnSure, A Decade Under the Influence, Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team), New American Classic, Number Five with a Bullet, One-Eighty by Summer, Set Phasers to Stun, This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know), You Know How I Do, Bike Scene, Great Romances of the 20th Century, Timberwolves at New Jersey, Call Me in the Morning, Your Own Disaster, My Blue Heaven, Ghost Man On Third, Little Devotional, You’re So Last Summer and more.

Unique Stylistic Features:

Mark O’ Connell is a breed of rare Irish non-fiction adherent, a committed essayist and writer who has made a name for himself circumnavigating almost every domestic route.

Mark O’ Connell believes that a book named World Orders Old and New which his mother brought for him to read when he was 16, has definitely got him thinking for sure.

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