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 was 11 years old in the first week of September, 2013 (that’s positively Paleolithic in Internet years!). Three collections of Alternate Reality News Service (ARNS) stories (Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be, What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys and Luna for the Lunies!) which originally appeared on the Web site have been self-published in print. Two new volumes of ARNS stories – The Street Finds Its Own Uses for Market Lateralization and The Alternate Reality News Service’s Guide To Sex, Love and Robots were published in 2013. 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. To date, four of these stories have been sold. “A Really Useful Engine” has been published in Even Birds Are Chained To The Sky and Other Tales: The Fine Line Short Story Collection and “Escalation is Academic” has appeared in the anthology UnCONventional. “If the Mountain Won’t Come to Mohammed” can be found in Here Be Monsters. “Thinking is the Worst Way to Travel” has been accepted into Explorers: Beyond the Horizon. Several other stories in the series are currently awaiting editorial decisions at various publications.
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.
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…
Ira’s first novel in the Transdimensional Authority series, Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience), was published by Elsewhen Press on 9th November 2012.
His second Transdimensional Authority novel, You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head), was published by Elsewhen Press on 10th January 2014.
The fifth Transdimensional Authority novel, The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There, was published by Elsewhen Press on 16th June 2017.
The eighth Transdimensional Authority novel, The Ugly Truth, which is also the <INSERT THIRD REPETITION WITH VARIATION OF PIE JOKE HERE> of the Multiverse Refugees Trilogy, was published by Elsewhen Press on 17th June 2022.
Ira’s story The Writer Did It! is included in the anthology Existence is Elsewhen which was published by Elsewhen Press on 18th March 2016.
- “simply brilliant in its inventiveness and originality” – review of Good Intentions on Risingshadow
- “excellent, fresh and wonderfully satirical science fiction” – review on Risinghadow of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There
- entertaining, fresh, and some dead-on satire – The Future Fire review of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There
- “non-stop whimsical adventure” – review of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There on Amazing Stories
- “fantastic, inventive and entertaining” – review of It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should on RisingShadow
- “a sharp collection” – 8/10 review of Existence is Elsewhen on Starbust Magazine
- “excellent and wonderfully imaginative” – review of Existence is Elsewhen on Risingshadow
- “a veritable feast of laughter” – review of Random Dingoes on Risingshadow
- “mischief and mayhem” – review of Welcome to the Multiverse* on Stranger Views
- “terrific story that anyone with half a sense of humor would enjoy” – review of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* on My Writer’s Cramp
- “full-throttle comedy” – review of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* on Amazing Stories
- “something completely different” – review of Welcome to the Multiverse* on AnnD Rites
- “an invention of style” – review of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* on IndieDrew’s Indie World
- “one of the best, funniest and most inventive humorous sci-fi books ever written” – Review of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* on Risingshadow
- “always humorous and on point” – review by Mia Darien of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse*
- Paul Levinson gives Welcome to the Multiverse* a 5 star rating on Goodreads
- “something special” – review by Eric Swett of Welcome to the Multiverse*
- “fresh and original humour from a comedy genius” – review of Welcome to the Multiverse* on SF Books Review
- “A unique voice” – Review of Welcome to the Multiverse* and interview with Ira Nayman on Irreverent Muse
- “A great read that is highly entertaining” – review by The Mole of Welcome to the Multiverse*
- “drips with satire” – review of Welcome to the Multiverse* on The Future Fire
- “pretty awesome” – review of Welcome to the Multiverse* by Mia Darien
- “A science fiction detective novel making you laugh out loud in several dimensions” – review of Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the inconvenience)
- “Fantastic sci-fi humour” – review of Welcome to the Multiverse… on Risingshadow
- Award-winning author celebrating 20 year anniversary of satirical website, releases eighth satirical novel. June 17, 2022
- As disasters and refugees once again hit the headlines, Ira Nayman’s satire on the inability of governments to handle a refugee crisis seems ever more prescient August 20, 2021
- Prize-winning Canadian satirist tackles the subject of alien refugees in his own inimitable style March 22, 2019
- As new Ira Nayman book is released, publisher denies it has been redacted by covert agency June 16, 2017
- It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should now available in paperback October 10, 2016
- Ira Nayman to feature on The Speculative Fiction Cantina Friday 16 September 6pm ET September 15, 2016
- International agency implicated in inexplicable disappearances – temporal rendition suspected July 8, 2016
- UNVEILED: Cover of It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should June 13, 2016
- Published today – Existence is Elsewhen, Science Fiction anthology headlined by John Gribbin March 18, 2016
- The Help a Boy Satirist Achieve His Lifelong Dream Campaign August 21, 2015
- Random Dingoes now also available in paperback July 6, 2015
- Random Dingoes – alternate realities just got weirder, now there’s time travel April 3, 2015
- UNCLOAKED: The Cover art of Random Dingoes January 29, 2015
- Ira Nayman interviewed on Reality Skimming January 13, 2015
- The making of… You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* by Ira Nayman December 17, 2014
- Ira Nayman reads from You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* in Toronto June 8, 2014
- Free short story to celebrate Schmeckler’s Farrago and launch of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* paperback edition April 19, 2014
- Book trailer for Ira Nayman’s You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* February 6, 2014
- Ira Nayman’s You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* published today January 10, 2014
- Ira Nayman interviewed on Katie Chats July 29, 2013
- Ira Nayman gives away books… June 26, 2013
- Interview of Ira Nayman with Nicole Chardenet June 14, 2013
- Ira Nayman writes a guest blog on Leonardoverse June 13, 2013
- Interview with Ira Nayman on the Beauty in Ruins website June 13, 2013
- Ira Nayman interviewed by Stephen Pearl after the Ad Astra launch of Welcome to the Multiverse* April 30, 2013
- Ira Nayman launches new cake at Ad Astra April 8, 2013
- Book launches at Eastercon April 7, 2013
- Ira Nayman interviewed on Morgen Bailey’s blog February 18, 2013
- Ira Nayman interviewed on Artist First Radio February 18, 2013
- Ira Nayman guest post on Indie House Books February 18, 2013
- Interview: Noomi Rapier on her role in “Welcome to the Multiverse…” February 8, 2013
- Ira Nayman’s ‘Five commandments of writing’ January 30, 2013
- Interviews with Ira Nayman January 23, 2013
- Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the inconvenience) published today November 9, 2012
- Elsewhen Press signs Canadian satirist for comedy science fiction novel June 20, 2012
Ira can be contacted via Elsewhen Press using ira.nayman (at) elsewhen.co.uk