Ira Nayman

Biography

Ira Nayman is profilic. Proficlic. Proclif - he writes a lot.

He has self-published five collections of news, reviews, interviews, advice columns and obituaries written by the tireless stagg of the Alternate Reality News Service, starting with Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys. This was followed by Luna for the Lunies! and The Street Finds Its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies. The most recent entry in the series, The Alternate Reality News Service's Guide to Love, Sex and Robots is a collection of advice columns. All but the first book are available on Smashwords. (They are also available in print, for those of you who have a fetish for paper...)

New Alternate Reality News Service stories appear weekly on Ira's Web site: Les Pages aux Folles. These include two advice columns: Ask Amritsar (about love and romance and technology) and Ask the Tech Answer Guy (about anything to do with technology except love and romance). Readers are encouraged to submit their own questions for the advice columns. Les Pages aux Folles also contains topical political and social satire and surreal cartoons.

The Weight of Information, the pilot for a radio series based on Alternate Reality News Service articles, can be heard on YouTube; listen to Part One or Part Two.

Ira has written a series of short stories set in a universe where all matter is conscious featuring object psychologist Antonio Van der Whall. As of this writing, three of the stories are in print: “A Really Useful Engine”appeared in the anthology Even Birds Are Chained To The Sky and Other Tales: The Fine Line Short Story Collection; “Escalation is Academic” can be found in the anthology UnCONventional, and; “Thinking is the Worst Way to Travel” can be read in Explorers: Beyond the Horizon. Several others have been sent to various publications, where they await editorial acceptance.

Ira has also written two Transdimensional Authority novels: Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) and You Can't Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head). A third, Random Dingoes, will be published in 2015. They follow the adventures of Noomi Rapier and Crash Chumley as they thwart dastardly plots across universes.

Fans of Ira Nayman’s science fiction writing are encouraged to check Les Pages aux Folles periodically for news about the availability of these and future stories.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Toronto, Canada. The most obvious way this influenced my writing was that I was exposed to both British and American humour (Canada being on the periphery of both empires). This gave me a wider array of comic options to choose from when I started writing than if I had been born wholly in one culture or the other. (I also had access to Canadian humour, which is its own unique beast. It is! It is! I know it is! CodCo - I rest my case.) I believe that my humour is richer and more complex because of this.

My family moved around somewhat when I was young. In the 1960s, for example, we spent some time in Berkeley, California. In the early 1970s, we lived for six months in Israel, and, for all but the final two weeks or so, we were told that we had moved there permanently. When we did leave, we drove across the country to Haifa, had a cruise up the Mediterranean and spent a week in Paris (where my dad is from and still has family). On the one hand, it was a difficult experience for me: I lost a year of school, with all the social and intellectual implications that that, uhh, implies. On the other hand, I learned first-hand that the way people in my country live is not the only way one can live. That gave me the ability to question why things in our society are the way they are, an ability that I believe is an important part of being a writer. It took me a lot of retrospect to appreciate this, but I now believe that travel when one is young can be an important part of a artist's growth.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eight years old, I had a conversion experience (you’ve probably heard a story similar to mine: a kid was given a camera when he was 10, and all he ever wanted to do with his life was make movies): in the parking lot of my grade school, I decided that I wanted to devote my life to writing comedy.

I've been doing it ever since.

The first thing I wrote were parodies of the Sherlock Holmes stories that I was reading at the time. I used the backs of my dad’s legal sized accounting pads (the fronts had too many criss-crossing lines). I wrote three stories; each one took up a single sheet of paper. I remember thinking to myself, “How do writers fill their stories with so much detail?” Since then, I have written 22 collections of short stories, six collections of cartoons (all of which can be found on my Web site), a novel, 15 short stories and novelettes and over 100 (alas, mostly unproduced) scripts for film, radio and television. I guess I must have figured out the secret…

(Oh, just so you don’t think I was a precocious child – how many children actually devote their lives to what they want to be when they are eight years old? – I was watching an episode of The Green Room with guest Eddie Izzard one evening. Izzard told the story of meeting his idol, Richard Pryor. In the course of their discussion, they found that they had something in common: they both knew they wanted to be comedians when they were four years old. FOUR YEARS OLD! So, far from being precocious, I was already actually four years behind!)
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Where to find Ira Nayman online


Where to buy in print


Videos

A Book Trailer Named "Book Trailer"
A trailer for the book What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys.

Series

The Alternate Reality News Service
Collections of Alternate Reality News Service news, reviews, interviews, advice columns and, yes, even obituaries. After all, people in other universes die, too...

Luna for the Lunies!

Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

ARNS and the Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,960. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Alternate Reality News Service sends reporters to other dimensions and has them write news articles about what they find there. In ARNS and the Man, journalists focus on the United States of Vesampucceri, the world's foremost idiotocracy (government by of the stupidest, by the stupidest, for the stupidest). "Amusing, sardonic political and social satire..." John Shirley
Futures in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,680. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The seventh collection of Alternate Reality News Service articles. The series has been described as "A science fiction version of The Onion."
What the Hell Were You Thinking?: Good Advice for People Who Make Bad Decisions
Series: The Alternate Reality News Service, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,580. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The sixth collection of Alternate Reality News Service articles is the second to feature the advice columns of Amritsar and The Tech Answer Guy. This humourous science fiction journalism may not be as good as your mom's chicken soup, but at least it won't nag you to tell it when you're going to get married!
What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys
Series: The Alternate Reality News Service, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,630. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The second collection of Alternate Reality News Service articles. Big floating heads! Conscious cars that tell their owners when the mechanic from the garage down the street is ripping them off! Women suing General Motors for paternity! Now, more than ever, if you don't like this reality, try another one!
The Street Finds Its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies
Series: The Alternate Reality News Service, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,810. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The Alternate Reality News Service is proud to announce the publication of The Street Finds Its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies, its latest collection of paper cutting edge journalism! Oww! Better put some disinfectant on that reportage!
The Alternate Reality News Service's Guide to Love, Sex and Robots
Series: The Alternate Reality News Service, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,040. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
When the craziness of the modern world affects your relationship with your life mate, your offspring, your other family members, your auto mechanic or your AI-enhanced toaster oven, it can be hard to know what to do. When relationships get so confusing that the federal tax code starts to make sense, who can you turn to for help? The Alternate Reality News Service’s advice columnists, of course.
Luna for the Lunies!
Series: The Alternate Reality News Service, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,070. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Luna for the Lunies! is the third collection of Alternate Reality News Service stories. Robots who rue their consciousness! Alien invasions foiled by bureaucrats! A successful conclusion to the war on squirrels! Humorous science fiction journalism has never been so...so...science fictiony!

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