Seregil of Rhiminee recently reviewed Ira Nayman’s latest Multiverse novel The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There, the fifth book in the Multiverse (aka Transdimensional Authority) series. Seregil starts by writing “Ah, Ira Nayman has done it again!” and goes on to say that although this is the fifth book in the series “it is still as amusing, fresh and highly entertaining as the previous novels (to be totally honest, in certain ways this novel is even better than its predecessors).” Later Seregil writes that he finds Ira’s ability to parody popular culture absolutely brilliant and he was “once again amazed at his shameless way of writing genuinely funny and thought-provoking satire about TV series etc. Just like the previous novels, this novel has quite an amazing amount of references to popular culture, which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading it.” As he adds, “Virtually nobody and nothing is safe from his quirky humour and that’s an extremely good thing.” Seregil concludes his review with a plea to Ira: “More, please!”.
Read the whole of Seregil’s review on Risingshadow.net here.
Lisa writes that Ira’s novel “blends the elements of a police procedural with madcap humor and imaginative characters and locales” and the reader is “treated to humor that leaves no stone unturned” where “everything and everyone is fair game for Nayman’s wit” including employing “absurdity to good effect” and “a knack for giving old expressions a new twist”.
The book is liberally sprinkled with references to popular culture and Lisa specifically picks out the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Star Trek, Mel Blanc, Jack Ryan and Canadian icons such as Margaret Atwood, Celine Dion and Tim Hortons. Aliens are also fair game for Ira’s fun, ranging from sparkling word play to slapstick humour. While some of the humour is purely for entertainment, some is intended to “pack a satirical bite based on Nayman’s observation of human nature” and “politics” as well as “observations about relationships, workplace dynamics, and our interface with technology that hit close to home”.
Lisa found the book to be “an enjoyable read, although I found myself reading carefully rather than quickly so as not to miss any of the sometimes-subtle humor”. It was, Lisa says, “entertaining, and the variety of types of humor and original turns of phrase kept things fresh”, there are “strong female as well as male characters, inventive and creative scene-setting, and some dead-on satire”.
Thanks for the review Lisa, we’re very happy that you enjoyed Ira’s book.
The fifth book in Ira Nayman’s Multiverse series investigates anomalies within the reporting of news events, but becomes the subject of a news story itself as theories abound to account for a missing chapter.
DARTFORD, KENT – 16 June 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There by Ira Nayman. In this, the fifth novel in Ira’s Transdimensional Authority series, (now more accurately called the Multiverse series as the fourth book in the series was mostly about the Time Agency – honestly, if you blinked, you would have missed the appearance of the Transdimensional Authority, and if you didn’t blink, well, Elsewhen Press accepts no responsibility for the cost of the surgery to rehydrate your eyes), we once again follow the intricate web of events that unfold in a Transdimensional Authority investigation (oh! – so we could have stayed with the other series name after all – it’s not easy keeping track when these sentences can be the size of a Sherman tank!).
However, conspiracy theorists have been conjecturing why there is apparently no chapter 17 in the book. We categorically deny that it was removed under instructions from an inter-governmental agency. Sources say: “It never existed. Suggesting it was removed under pressure from officials is fake news. Sad. Even without chapter 17 this is a great book, the greatest book ever published. It has no need for a chapter 17. Chapter 17s are overrated – covfefe is much better.”
So, let’s get back to the book. Why would someone, apparently chosen at random, have their consciousness swapped with someone else in another reality? How would someone, apparently chosen at random, have their consciousness swapped with someone else in another reality? Why would another three persons, apparently chosen at random, have their consciousness swapped with three other someone elses in another reality? Why would the entire bridge crew of a starship, apparently…well, you get the picture. What will happen to all these very confused people? How does the Alternate Reality News Service get scoops on these events so quickly? Why are their reporters acting so dodgy – do they have something to hide, or just issues? Who are the Pops, and can they help? Does the editrix-in-chief know what’s going on, and if she does would she even tell Noomi (our favourite TA investigator)? What was that noise from her office when Noomi was ‘interviewing’ her? Why am I asking you these questions when you haven’t even read the story yet? Or have you? Why are you reading this blurb if you’ve already read the story? Are you looking for an alternate reality, or just alternative facts? This is fiction you know, we tell it like it is. If you want alternative facts you better try a news service…or a politician. Oh, and if you’re looking for a news service, you could always consider the Alternate Reality News Service.
The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There is available on all popular eBook platforms from today. It will be available in paperback in August.
Notes for Editors
About Ira Nayman
In his past lives, Ira Nayman was, among other things: a cave painter whose art was not appreciated in his lifetime; several nameless peasants who died before their 20th birthday during the Dark Ages; a toenail fungus specialist in the court of Louis XIV; and Alan Turing’s scullery maid. In his current incarnation, Ira is the creator of Les Pages aux Folles, a Web site of political and social satire that is almost 15 years old (that’s positively Paleolithic in Internet years!). Five collections of Alternate Reality News Service (ARNS) stories which originally appeared on the Web site have been self-published in print. Ira has produced the pilot for a radio series based on stories from the first two ARNS books; “The Weight of Information, Episode One” can be heard on YouTube. Ira has also written a series of stories that take place in a universe where matter at all levels of organization has become conscious. They feature Antonio Van der Whall, object psychologist. Ira’s Web Goddess tells him he should make more of the fact that he won the 2010 Jonathan Swift Satire Writing Contest. So, Ira won the 2010 Jonathan Swift Satire Writing Contest. He is currently President of SFCanada, and Managing Editor for the Amazing Stories Web site. In another life (but still within this incarnation) Ira has a Masters degree in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research which was conducted entirely online. He also has a PhD in Communications from McGill University. Ira taught New Media part-time at Ryerson University for five years. Whoever created the Karmic wheel has a lot to answer for…
On his website, Gestalt Real-Time Reviews, Des Lewis has recently been reading the stories in Rhys Hughes’ collection Mirrors in the Deluge and writing a review of each as a ‘thought-stream’ over the last month. It has been fascinating to watch the reviews of these stories pop up on the page on a more-or-less daily basis, in an approach that lends itself well to a book, such as Mirrors in the Deluge, full of 32 such diverse stories. It’s not really feasible to do justice to the extent of Des’ often detailed, and always incisive, review in such a brief summary here, so I hope Des won’t mind me picking out a handful of highlights and then recommending that you go over to his website and read it all for yourself. One general comment that I’d like to pick out first, though, is that Des believes that for many of the stories in the book, “if they had been published separately in high profile anthologies each would have made a name for itself as a literary classic, but they seem lost here gathered together, shame to say.” It is indeed a shame, but hopefully Des’ review will help encourage more people to embrace Rhys (or at least his stories!)
On The Soft Landing
“The autobiography of a deep space photon…
This is so eye-opening, I feel it would not have been out of place as a work in ‘The Big Book of Science Fiction’ that I read recently. Seriously.”
On Najort Esroh
“Only in Rhys Hughes do things happen that make you think more laterally than any other author whom I read makes you think. And I read a lot!”
On The Mouth of Hell
“It creased me up. Seriously.”
On Arms Against a Sea
“This is probably the nearest you will get to reading literature written by an extraterrestrial.”
On The Apple of My Sky
“This light piece with distractive silly names for characters did actually cause me to laugh out loud on more than one occasion (e.g. The Big Apple joke) and that is no mean feat.”
On The Taste of Turtle Tears
“This is a Rhysian classic. If not THE Rhysian classic.”
On The Bones of Jones
“A major Rhysian work that I would love to read aloud, to see if it it is utter rubbish (a stream of word association?) or pure genius. Amazingly, it could be both. It’s certainly set my mind buzzing, as you can tell.” Rhys maintains this is the best story in the book, with which Des does not disagree.
On the RisingShadow.net website, Seregil of Rhiminee has reviewed It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should, the fourth in Ira Nayman’s series of Trandsimensional Authority novels. He starts by saying it is “one of the funniest and most inventive humorous science fiction novels” he’s ever read, because Ira blends “absurdism, satire, parody and sarcasm in a uniquely entertaining way”. He adds that Ira is a “one-of-a-kind author who has no rivals”.
Seregil, who has read and enjoyed (and reviewed) the previous novels in the series points out that “Extraordinary happenings and things have been an essential part of this series ever since the beginning and they’re also an essential part of this novel” and says he was delighted that Ira was once again in “excellent form” and mesmerising his readers with “strange things”. Seregil likes Ira’s writing style because he has “his own unique way of writing about the characters and the happenings. He boldly writes his own kind of fiction and stays true to his own style.”
He also admires Ira’s “sharp sense of humour and his ability to write original stories, because he never seems to run out of ideas.” He goes on say that it’s great that Ira “has a gift of adding amusing references to popular culture, because only a few authors are capable of doing so” and Ira does it “ in a delightfully sharp and witty way”.
Seregil concludes by recommending It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should because it’s a “fantastic, inventive and entertaining novel for readers who want to laugh out loud while reading a novel”. In a final summary that is reminiscent of Bill and Ted, he says “Excellent humorous science fiction!”
This was a very brief overview of Seregil’s review which you should read in its entirety on the RisingShadow website here.
When Time Agency agent Radames Trafshanian is not trying to impress her good friend in the Transdimensional Authority, her very special friend, if you know what we mean (and, if you do, could you please tell us, because we’re not entirely certain…), she is busy trying to solve crimes against time (that is, crimes that are themselves against time, not trying to solve them against time – she’s not on the clock… well, she sort of is, but you know what we mean don’t you. You don’t? Well then, you’ll have to read It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should to find out).
In this novel, which is not nearly as parenthetical as the previous paragraph may have led you to believe, we accompany Radames on her latest case, followed by her previous case (time travel’s like that) and on the way we find out much more about the origin of the Time Agency itself and why it’s organised like a Library, which is very timely (see what we did there?). Featuring guest appearances by Noomi Rapier, Elvis Presley and Margaret Atwo–.
* (really, would it have killed him to plan the series more in advance? George R. R. Martin planned the first 137 books in his series – it will take more generations in his family to write than the books themselves actually chronicle – before he wrote a single word, and everybody knows where they stand with him)
In July we will publish the long-awaited next book in Ira Nayman’s increasingly improperly named Transdimensional Authority series (really, would it have killed him to plan the series more in advance? George R. R. Martin planned the first 137 books in his series – it will take more generations in his family to write than the books themselves actually chronicle – before he wrote a single word, and everybody knows where they stand with him), It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should featuring Time Agency agent Radames Trafshanian, but we can unveil its cover now.
Fans of the series will remember Radames from the story of Random Dingoes (and peering out of a Time Suck Tube on the cover). She was such a popular character that she got her very own book**. When she is not trying to impress her good friend in the Transdimensional Authority, her very special friend, if you know what we mean (and, if you do, could you please tell us, because we’re not entirely certain…), she is busy trying to solve crimes against time (that is, crimes that are themselves against time, not trying to solve them against time – she’s not on the clock… well, she sort of is, but you know what we mean, don’t you. You don’t? Well then, you’ll have to read It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should to find out).
Anyway, in this novel, which is not nearly as parenthetical as the previous paragraph may have led you to believe, we accompany Radames on her latest case, followed by her previous case (time travel’s like that) and on the way we find out much more about the origin of the Time Agency itself and why it’s organised like a Library, which is very timely (see what we did there?). Featuring guest appearances by Noomi Rapier, Elvis Presley and Margaret Atwo–.
Once again the cover features the appropriately unique artwork of American artist Hannah B. Farrell, on a photograph of a small town called Dingle Dell. We can see the town founder’s statue being inspected by the town’s founder himself – who was rather surprised to find himself displaced in time – as well as the purposefully striding Radames with TAMI. What does it all mean? You’ll have to wait until next month to find out.
It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should will be published as an eBook on the 8th July and in print on the 10th October.
* [Editor – I thought this was a Transdimensional Authority series novel, so why is it called a Time Agency novel? I mean, I know they’re both abbreviated to TA but… [Proofreader – actually TA is an acronym not an abbreviation. Just sayin’] …okay, I know they’re both ‘acronymised’ [Ed – better? [Pr – yes thanks.]] to TA but that doesn’t make them the same does it? If Ira wrote a book about a Teaching Assistant in the Territorial Army living in Taunton that wouldn’t be the same, would it?
[Marketing Executive (while scribbling a quick memo to Ira) – hmmm, interesting… that is, no, obviously not. We should explain it a bit better. Okay, I’ve got it, I’ll add in a clarification… [Editor – good, and don’t forget to change it in the opening sentence too] …aargh! Too late, I’ve already pressed ‘Save’]
** [Editor – I don’t think we should say this, it makes it sound like Ira hasn’t thought these plotlines through in advance but is entirely driven by audience response. Where would we be if authors just wrote what their readers wanted?]
In Random Dingoes, the third Transdimensional Authority novel by Ira Nayman, investigators Noomi Rapier and Crash Chumley – who we first met in Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) and again in You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head) – look into reports of a drug that allows people to travel between universes without technological assistance. They methodically work their way up the drug ring’s chain of command and are just about to arrest its leader when – time travel happens. With the assistance of Time Agency agent Radames Trafshanian, Noomi and Crash must navigate realities they hadn’t anticipated and which they wouldn’t want to live in. But, can they find a decent corned beef on rye? You’ll have to read Random Dingoes to find out!
Random Dingoes has been available in popular eBook formats since the 3rd April.
On Risingshadows.net, Seregil of Rhiminee has just reviewed Random Dingoes, the latest novel by Ira Nayman in the Transdimensional Authority series. Having enjoyed the first two books in the series, Seregil starts by saying that Random Dingoes “is a fantastic novel” that is “just as funny, entertaining and unpredictable as its two predecessors”. He goes on to point out that although part of a series it can be read as a standalone novel, adding that it’s “nice that readers don’t necessarily have to know anything about the previous novels and their contents in order to enjoy this novel”.
Seregil is appreciative of Ira’s humour, although he knows that it “may not be to everyone’s liking due to its sarcastic and witty nature, but in my opinion that’s one of the reasons why he is such a good and talented author”. He especially likes Ira’s uncompromising attitude in which “Nothing and no-one is safe from his sense of humour”.
Having said that it is not important to have read the previous novels to enjoy Random Dingoes, Seregil says that it was great to read more about Noomi and Crash, who “are fascinating characters and their adventures have delighted me ever since I read the first Transdimensional Authority novel”. He enjoyed reading the interesting aspects of both characters’ past that are revealed in this novel, along with details of Time Agency agent Radames Trafshanian’s childhood. It is, says Seregil, the “colourful characters and their traits” that “spice up the story”. By example he mentions “the cyborg Jabbakop is an eager and lively cyborg. The interrogation scene with Jabbakop is simply brilliant and very amusing, because it shows how eager a cyborg he is. Radames Trafshanian is also worth mentioning, because she’s quite an unusual person who has brilliant comments.”
As in the previous novels, there are articles from the Alternate Reality New Service interspersed throughout the book. These are “funny and inventive. You simply can’t read them without smiling, chuckling or laughing out loud.” In fact, Seregil issues this warning to readers: “By the way, you should be careful where you read this novel, because you may experience sudden bursts of laughter coming out of your mouth when you read the story. It’s almost impossible not to laugh out loud during the story, because it’s chock-full of humour and brilliant references to popular culture and technology.”
Seregil rates Ira Nayman as “one of the best authors of humorous science fiction” whose “imagination seems to know no bounds. He delivers deliciously satirical, sarcastic, witty and quirky humour to his readers at regular intervals. His intelligent humour has a cool and sharp edge to it that may leave you stunned by its effectiveness.” He says that “Random Dingoes is an excellent example of his writing style, because it contains all of his trademarks in a highly entertaining and wickedly funny format.”
He concludes by saying that Random Dingoes is “one of the funniest and most entertaining humorous science fiction novels ever written. It’s full of humour, witty comments and uninhibited social commentary about our modern way of life disguised as science fiction.”
Random Dingoes is already available as an eBook and will be available as a paperback from the 6th July 2015.
On the Starburst Magazine website, Jennie Bailey has written a review of Mirrors in the Deluge by Rhys Hughes. She describes the short stories in this collection as “surreal, daft anthropomorphisms of the everyday”. She says that there’s “fun to be had with the mythical… and the fantastical”, and as “promised by the book blurb, the book is filled with word play”. Having started her review by praising short stories and saying how the “best short stories tend to leave you wanting more”, her “small criticism” of Mirrors in the Deluge is that a few of the stories are too short. She sums up by saying that the stories in the book are “colourful romps told by a storyteller with a vivid and often witty imagination” and as such they “allow Hughes’s playful stories to whisk you along”. Thanks Jennie.