Les Pages aux Folles
It's always best to let sleeping deus lie...
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 24: 18 books of prose and six of cartoons) appear in the Archive.Enjoy,
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.
Big Changes To the Little Ol' Web Site
There will be some major bookization happening at Les Pages aux Folles in 2013, including four new collections of articles. To ease you into it, this month we'll start with a new collection of cartoons: Delicate Negotiations: Round Three: Grannies and Shemales (Just Don't Mention the Goat Head). Enjoy.
Even More Blatant Self-promotion (As If There Could Ever Be Enough)
I have done a couple of new interviews to promote the novel Welcome to the Multiverse*. First up is an interview with Michel (Mike) Plested on the Irreverent Muse Web site. It actually starts with a very nice review of the book - twofer!
My good friend Stephen Pearl conducted an interview with me at the end of a long day at the Ad Astra science fiction convention, so we were both suitably punchy. Click on the link to hear PART ONE, or click on the other link to hear PART TWO. Another marvelous twofer! Stephen also attended the launch of the novel at the con and recording me reading the first chapter. It gives a bit of a flavour.
And, there's a new review! The Mole writes that Welcome to the Multiverse* is "A great read that is highly entertaining and while it is funny throughout it isn't the kind of story that relies on one-liners and punchlines..." Under my aardvark skin, I blush. To read the full review, go to the Our Book Reviews Web site.
As always, for information on Welcome to the Multiverse*, including where you can find sample chapters and prices, click on the cover below:
*Sorry for the Inconvenience
This Week's New Columns
So far, allies of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have not responded to articles about the two Toronto Startle reporters who have seen video that appears to show Ford doing an autopsy on a dead alien. With his eyes closed.
Apply for a licence for a Canadian specialty channel. Make extravagant promises about how much Canadian content you will produce. No, seriously, go wild. Promise 27 hours a day of original content featuring all of the most well known Canadian stars who have made it big in the US. Trust me - it won't matter.
Just remember: there IS an "us" in penis. If you say the word the right way...
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.
OMG, It's Here! Still!
My novel, Welcome to the Multiverse* is now available in convenient book form. If you want a look at the trailer for the novel that the Alternate Reality News Service called, "The best universe hopping adventure ever released (this week)," just click on the cover below and enjoy!
To celebrate, I've started doing interviews on other people's blogs. The first of two, for instance, can be found on Mia Darien's From Mia's Desk. Another can be found at I Read Indie. The always reliable Jacco van der Horst has an interview with me on Books and Writing. And, if that doesn't sate your thirst for obscure knowledge about me, you can always read my interview on Two Ends of the Pen
I had a delightful interview with Morgen (with an "E") Bailey over at her blog. Then, I wrote a guest post for the Indie House Books blog. And, to top it off, I was interviewed at the Artists First Web site. Slowly, but surely, my dastardly satiric plans are being revealed to the public! Enjoy.
THIS JUST IN: The first review of Welcome to the Multiverse* has appeared! (And, when I say the first review, I really mean the second review, but the first worth talking about. "[T]o be honest," the reviweer wrote, "this book is one of the funniest sci-fi books I've ever read.” You can read the entire review on Rising Shadow. Woot woot!
Other reviews have been trickling in, and they have generally been positive. Seregil of Rhiminee called it "[O]ne of the funniest sci-fi books I've ever read.' at the Rishing Shadow Web site. Geoff Nelder wrote on Cafe Doom: "Yes, like all the other stories by Ira Nayman, this is hilarious and yet the reader is poked into thinking beyond the conventional." Meanwhile, over at Boom Baby Reviews, Mia Darien wrote: "Ira Nayman is, without a doubt, totally insane. I mean, really bug-nuts crazy... As such, you can imagine that his stories are about the same. And they are. But they're really funny, which is what makes them pretty awesome."
I well and truly blush. In a good way.
*Sorry for the Inconvenience
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
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.
Welcome, Science Fiction Fans!
What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys in the Archive Section, as well as three new Alternate Reality News Stories every third week in the New Section. They are clearly marked [ARNS] for easy identification. And, please feel to browse through the other writing, cartoons and miscellaneous oddments - you never know what you might enjoy!
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.
If cool costumes and the occasional f&sf celebrity are your thing, you should check them out (especially the Polaris album, which is rather large).
UPDATE: I have added photographs from four more cons which I attended in 2010. If you haven't gotten enough visual con goodness, go to: 2010 Polaris, 2010 Sci Fi on the Rock, 2010 SFContario or 2010 VCon. Happy science fiction new year!
Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never EdnishesI 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?
technology and anything except love and sex. It's a thing with him. Don't ask. ARNS is now soliciting questions for these advice columns from readers. That means you! If, after reading any of the columns, you are inspired to write a question of your own, please submit it to email@example.com! (Without the exclamation mark, because that would just be rude.) If your question is selected, your name and a link to your Web site will be posted on this Web site, which, at almost nine years old, may not exactly be immortal, but is pretty darned long-lived. So, okay, maybe we oversold it a bit. But, what the heck? Have fun with it. We look forward to reading your questions!
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