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HOME PAGE THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:
The plot sickens...

Welcome to Les Pages aux Folles, a collection of satirical writings and comedic doodles. The most recently written articles can be found in the New section; two or three will appear each Sunday. I now also rotate two cartoons (My Toronto and/or Delicate Negotiations); while the latest will appear on this page every Sunday, recent cartoons can be found on the appropriate pages in the New section. Collections of older material (currently numbering 28: 22 books of prose and six of cartoons) appear in the Archive.

Enjoy,
Ira Nayman

WARNING: This Web site contains words, images or concepts that may be offensive to some. While reading, please be sure that your inner child is otherwise engaged.

New

Milestone

This month marks the twelfth anniversary of Les Pages aux Folles on the Web. Yay! And, they said it wouldn't last! (Well, actually, "they" ignored it completely, but, if they had been aware of its existence, they almost undoubtedly would have said it wouldn't last.) This is going to be a quiet celebration, as I bookized a ton for last year's anniversary. But, look for some great things in year thirteen!

New New Con Photos

So, last month I went to LonCon3, the World Science Fiction Convention held in London. And, not the Ontario one, either. As you may have read in these pages, good times. Here, as is my wont, are photographs of the event.

Then, less than two weeks later, I was an Author Guest at FanExpo in Toronto. It was crazy - I read that 120,000 people attended! Not, that we saw quite that many people stashed, as we were, beneath the down escalator. But, we saw plenty enough, I tell you! Plenty enough! Here are an insane number of photos from that event!

May I please have a vacation, now?

Subtle Self-promotion is Equated With a Good Idea at Les Pages aux Folles!

If you read a book by a small press or self-published author that you really enjoy let the world know! Blog about it. Post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads or the like. Mention it to your social networks. Small press and self-published authors live and die by word of mouth, and your friends would probably be grateful to find a good book by a new writer. Everybody wins!

This Week's New Columns

The Daily Me - Conchie Fernandez

We may be guilty of friendliness, but, last time I checked, being friendly was no crime.

>Headlines Schmedlines! We Just Want To Party!

It's Not The Destination, It's The Heavy Petting On The Journey

Ask The Tech Answer Guy for Visuals [ARNS]

Remember when we used to make kimono sashes in this country? Wait - did we ever...?

Other Things Worth Knowing

Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never Ednishes

I now have a Facebook author/fan/whatever you want to call it page: Ira Nayman's Thrishty Friednishes. Go, look around, like it if you feel so inclined and feel free to leave a comment. I have only just started it, so it may be a little sparse at the moment, but I will add content based on what people post they would like to see. Within reason.

Your Immortality Is Ensured! Sorta... More Or Less...

Ask Amritsar and Ask the Tech Answer Guy, the two advice columns produced by the Alternate Reality News Service, are now a weekly feature of Les Pages aux Folles. I'm not sure how this is going to work out, but it's nice to see the Web site continue to evolve. Now that the advice columns are a regular feature, I need reader input more than ever! If you have a grave concern or a passing wonderment that you think one of our advice columnists can answer, I want to hear from you. Simply submit your own questions to: questions@lespagesauxfolles.ca. It's your shot at immortality! And, it's my chance to fill another 700 word column!

Les Pages aux Folles Gets Social, baby!

You may have noticed that there are little colourful squares on each page on the Web site. That isn't a cheap way to get more graphics on my pages to please my Web Goddess. Well, not only that. Those graphics are actually links to various social networking and recommendation sites. If you like something you read here, please take a moment and tell people there.

Oh, and I am now on Twitter! If you're not following ARNSProprietor, well, why aren't you?

Alternate Reality News Service News

The Weight of Information: Episode One: The Realities Leak is available on YouTube! This pilot for a radio series is based on stories out of the two Alternate Reality News Service Books, Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys (or, as one online used bookstore has it, What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children - don't ask). Click on this link to listen to Part One and this link to listen to Part Two. Interdimensional travel has never been so...multidimensional!

ALSO: To celebrate the publication of What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys, the second Alternate Reality News Service book in print, I have created A Book Trailer Called "Book Trailer". It is four minutes and 12 seconds of...well, I'm not sure what, to be honest with you. Enjoy.

To download brief clips from The Weight of Information: Episode One: The Realities Leak, right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as". To download previous weeks' clips from the show right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as". Need I remind you that they are brief?

Other...Other Stuff

As always, all praise to Gisela McKay of Pixcode for her assistance with Les Pages aux Folles since its inception. Not only has she donated space on her server for me to park the Web site, but she has withstood an onslaught of newbie questions that would have made a lesser woman run away screaming (not an uncommon reaction to me, I must admit). This Web site would not have been possible without her. Gisela is, truly, a tech goddess.

All material on this Web site is (c) copyright by Ira Nayman. For more on this fascinating subject, go to the Les Pages aux Folles Legal page.

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Welcome, Science Fiction Fans!

If you came to Les Pages aux Folles curious about my writing thanks to science fiction or fan fiction, welcome! You can find the complete text of Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and +

Welcome Science Fiction Fans, The Sequel!

If you would like to see photos from the 2011 Ad Astra, 2011 Con*Cept, 2011 Polaris or 2011 SFContario science fiction conventions, simply click on the links and look for them at the bottom of the page. +

Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never Ednishes

I now have a Facebook author/fan/whatever you want to call it page: Ira Nayman's Thrishty Friednishes. Go, look around, like it if you feel so inclined and feel free to leave a comment. I have only just started it, so it may be a little sparse at the moment, but I will add content based on what people post they would like to see. Within reason.

Would you be interested in immortality?

As you may have noticed, the Alternate Reality News Service (ARNS) has two advice columns: Ask Amritsar, a column about love and sex and technology, and; Ask the Tech Answer Guy, a column about +

Trailer Mix

To celebrate the publication of What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys, the second Alternate Reality News Service book, in print, I have created A Book Trailer Called "Book Trailer". It is four minutes and 12 seconds of...well, I'm not sure what, to be honest with you. April Fool's, book publishing industry! Enjoy.

Do Not Adjust Your Eyes

The Weight of Information: Episode One: The Realities Leak is now available on YouTube! This pilot for a radio series is based on stories out of the two Alternate Reality News Service Books, Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and +