Max Barry (born 18 March 1973) is an Australian author.[3] He also maintains a blog on various topics, including politics. When he published his first novel, Syrup, he spelled his name "Maxx", but subsequently has used "Max".[4]

Max Barry
Barry in 2006
Barry in 2006
Born (1973-03-18) 18 March 1973 (age 49)
Stratford, Victoria, Australia[1]

Barry is also the creator of NationStates, an online game created to help advertise Jennifer Government that eventually evolved into its own online community. He is the owner of the website "Tales of Corporate Oppression". He lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughters and worked as a marketer for Hewlett-Packard before he became a novelist.

In early 2004 Barry converted his web site to a blog and began regularly posting to it. In the November 2004 issue of the magazine Fast Company the novel Company was ranked at number 8 on a list of the top 100 "people, ideas, and trends that will change how we work and live in 2005".[5] Barry wrote the screenplay for Syrup, which was released in theatres on 7 June 2013. Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to Company, which will be adapted by Steve Pink. Jennifer Government was optioned by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's now defunct Section Eight Productions. His book, Machine Man, initially was an online serial, but has since been updated and published in 2011 by Vintage Books. The film rights have been picked up by Mandalay Pictures.[6]



  • Syrup (1999), ISBN 0-14-029187-3
  • Jennifer Government (2003), ISBN 1-4000-3092-7
  • Company (2006), ISBN 0-385-51439-5
  • Machine Man (2011), ISBN 0-307-47689-8
  • Lexicon (2013), ISBN 1-594-20538-8[7]
  • Providence (2020), ISBN 978-0-593-08517-2
  • The 22 Murders of Madison May (2021), ISBN 978-0-593-08520-2
  • Discordia (2021)

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  1. ^ Michael Williams, "The great unknown", The Age, 24 February 2007, A2, p. 26
  2. ^ "Max Barry". Goodreads. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  3. ^ Barry, Max (Blog). ""The Bio"". Max
  4. ^ Barry, Max (2009). Jennifer Government. Doubleday. Back inside sleeve. ISBN 978-0-385-50759-2. He is the author of the cult hit Syrup, although he spelled his name 'Maxx' for that novel, 'because it seemed like a funny joke about marketing, and I failed to realize everyone would assume I was a pretentious asshole.'
  5. ^ Lidsky, David (Issue 88, November 2004). "Fast Forward 2005". Fast Company. p.69
  6. ^ Mandalay wants to build Machine Man Variety. 4 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Max Barry - Lexicon cover art (US&UK) and synopsis unveiled". Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013.

External linksEdit

Max Barry | Why I Hate Windows (this time)