Ira Nayman is a dream you once had that you had dreamed that you had once had a dream. He is the whisper of the ice cream tub that beckons you from the bottom of the freezer when you are trying to finish your yogurt. And fruit. He is the condolence card you receive before you even realize that you are sick. He is the word on the tip of your tongue that you don’t actually know. He is the calm before the boredom. He is the stop light when you’re already late, but at least he has the sense to know that that isn’t ironic, just unfortunate. When he is not being those things – and so many others – he is a humourist who has been writing since he was eight years old.
His Web site of social and political satire, Les Pages aux Folles, has been updated weekly with new writing and cartoons since September, 2002. Out of the Web site sprang the Alternate Reality News Service, which sends reporters into other dimensions and has them report back on what they find there. A couple of readers have described it as “a science fiction version of The Onion.” There are currently seven books in this series in print; the latest are Futures in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (a general collection of articles) and What the Hell Were You Thinking? Good Advice for People Who Make Bad Decisions (a collection of humourous science fiction advice columns). The eighth book in the series, ARNS and the Man, will be published on April 1, 2018.
Ira has had five novels published by Elsewhen Press. The most recent, The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There starts with the consciousnesses of people from various universe being switched with those of people from other universes; the Transdimensional Authority, which polices and monitors travel between dimensions, tries to find out where all those minds have gone and get them back to where they belong. Their investigation takes them to the headquarters of the Alternate Reality News Service, which is somehow involved in the whole schemazzle.
Ira has also had several short stories published in anthologies.
Ira has contributed reviews and other writing to the Amazing Stories Web site for over three years. For about a year and a half, he was Managing Editor of the site. He recently let go of his responsibilities for the Web site to work on other projects for Amazing Stories. And, now that he has time to breath, he will go back to writing for the Web site.
In a life in what only seems like another universe, Ira has a BFA from York University, a Masters degree from the New School for Social Research and a PhD from McGill University. He lectured part-time in the Communications Department of Ryerson University for five years. His non-fiction writing has appeared in such publications as Creative Screenwriting and Reel Independence. Oh, and Ira’s Web Goddess tells him he doesn’t mention that he won the 2010 Swift Satire Writing Competition often enough. So…that.