Ira Nayman's Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) was published by Elsewhen Press as an e-book in November 2012. It will be published as a paperback in March 2013.
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This hilarious science-fiction comedy novel follows the first case for Noomi Rapier, rookie investigator with The Transdimensional Authority – the organisation that regulates travel between dimensions. When a dead body is found slumped over a modified transdimensional machine, Noomi and her more experienced partner, Crash Chumley, must find the dead man's accomplices and discover what they were doing with the technology. Their investigation leads them to a variety of realities where Noomi comes face-to-face with four very different incarnations of herself, forcing her to consider how the choices she makes and the circumstances into which she is born determine who she is.
Ira Nayman's new novel is both an hilarious romp through multiple dimensions in a variety of alternate realities, and a gentle satire on fate, ambition and expectation. Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) will appeal to comedy fans who have been bereft of much good science-fiction fare these last eleven years. Ira's style is at times surreal, even off-the-wall, with the humour flying at you from unexpected angles; he describes it as fractal humour. Anyone who has read his Alternate Reality News Service stories will know how funny Ira is. The characters we meet from around the multiverse deserve to become firm favourites with all fans of science fiction comedy.
A REVIEW OF IRA NAYMAN'S WELCOME TO THE MULTIVERSE (SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE)
Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) was a positive reading experience, because it was something totally different. It's a uniquely comic approach to travelling between dimensions and alternate realities. It's an unusually funny reading experience, because the author has a good and clever sense of humour (to be honest, this book is one of the funniest sci-fi books I've ever read). I never would've believed that it would be possible to write this kind of a parody/satire of alternate realities, but fortunately everything seems to be possible.
Here's a bit of information about the plot:
Noomi has always wanted to work for Transdimensional Authority, but her first day at work doesn't go as planned and she finds out that her education at Alternaut Academy wasn't enough to give her a good job. Things change soon and Noomi becomes an investigator. She gets herself a partner, Crash, who begins to teach her. When a body is found, Noomi and Crash begin to investigate what has happened. Their investigation takes them to alternate realities...
There's a lot to like in Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience), because it's a surprisingly entertaining book. The best thing about this book is that the author makes deliciously sharp and sarcastic observations about popular culture and well known things (Angelina Jolie's clones, Moulder Skully, Back to the Future references etc). His clever and a bit twisted sense of humour highlights the happenings.
This book is stock full of funny moments and clever inventions, but I'll only mention a couple of examples so that I don't spoil anybody's reading pleasure by revealing too much information:
The sentient and smart furniture are wonderful inventions, because they make funny comments about several things. For example, the sentient stove is a loveable invention, because it's almost like a metallic pet. The Dimensional Delorian is also a brilliant invention, because everybody who has seen Back to the Future films will recognize where the author got the idea for it.
The newsflashes from Alternate Reality News Service are simply hilarious, because Ira Nayman writes about almost anything that's going on in the world (for example, he writes about sex and peace negotiations). It was difficult not to laugh out loud while reading them. The author also writes sarcastically about computer and video games (it was fun to read the blog entries).
I enjoyed reading about the characters, because they were memorable in their apperance, nature and weirdness.
Noomi is an interesting character, because she has been a passionate fan of the show Jack Ryan, The Transdimensional Authority Police since she was a little child. Noomi is a fascinating character, because she has always wanted to work for Transdimensional Authority and when she got her chance, she was at first more than a bit disappointed, but then became happy when she got to do what she wanted. (Noomi's other incarnations are also fascinating characters.)
Noomi's partner, Crash, is also an interesting character, because he is "one of the boys", but also mentors Noomi. For example, he shows other guys that he's a tough guy by shouting at Noomi in front of others, but at the same time he tries to be a nice guy by teaching her different things.
This book is a fantastic combination of different elements:
Although Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) is full of humour, it also contains philosophical elements. These elements manifest themselves in the scenes where Noomi meets her different incarnations. It was interesting to see how Noomi reacted to the other incarnations and thought about her life and the choices she had made. In my opinion the author handles this thing well.
Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) is also an interesting and a bit different kind of a murder mystery. As Noomi and Crash travel from place to place, their investigations shed light on several things about alternate realities.
It's possible that it may take a bit of time for the reader to get used to the author's writing style, but when the reader gets used to it, he/she will love the story. The writing style differs greatly from other sci-fi authors' writing styles and that's a good thing, because the humour probably wouldn't work as well as it does if the author had written this book in a different way. His complex and long sentences are a nice change for short and easily understandable sentences, because they require more attention from the reader.
I'm sure that readers who are familiar with science fiction books, films and franchise will have a good time reading Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience), because the author has managed to add an amazing amount of references to popular culture. When I began to read this book, I couldn't help but wonder how the author had come up with all the stuff that he wrote about, because it's been a long time since I've read anything as good and inventive as this.
This book reminded me a bit of Douglas Adams' books, but in my opinion Ira Nayman has a slightly more sarcastic sense of humour than Douglas Adams. As I think more about the author's sense of humour, I think it's possible to say that it's pretty close to Stephen Fry's sense of humour. I recently read Stephen Fry's Mrs Fry's Diary and How to Have an Almost Perfect Marriage and they contained the same kind of sharp and sarcastic humour (the only difference is that they weren't science fiction, but humorous books about marriage and family life).
If you're looking for a funny science fiction book, please do yourself a favour and read Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience). It's pure entertainment from start to finish. It can be recommended for all readers who enjoy reading comic science fiction. This book is almost like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the 21st century, so fans of Douglas Adams will probably love it.
Fantastic sci-fi humour!