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.
People have said nice things too:
***** (Paul Levinson former president of SFWA, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America)
“It [Welcome to the Multiverse] was freewheeling weirdness, with a distinctly Canadian bent.” (Shirley Meier, author of The Fifth Millennium series)
“I sat nervously in the dentist office waiting to be called to the chamber of doom. My knuckles were white and it was a struggle to keep from bolting. I come from a generation when seeing the dentist was akin to vacationing in Spain during the inquisition. In any case, I opened my copy of Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) to distract myself and started reading. Moments later I erupted with a bark of laughter. The other people in the waiting room glanced at me like I had two heads. I kept reading trying to contain my mirth but it was no use. Another belly laugh tore out of me. I just couldn’t help it. Then a series of chuckles and another belly laugh. At that point the hygienist, with a sidelong glance, escorted me to my appointment. Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) is one of the funniest things I have ever read and it stays funny as the pages turn.” (Stephen Pearl, author of Tinker’s Plague and Nukekubi)
“Ira Nayman is one of the funniest Canadian writers I know… This book is funny in the Douglas Adams sense of the world – crazy, funny bits you’d never think of on your own in a million years…” (Nicole Chardenet, author of Sumer Lovin’)
“very dry, wry, sarcastic, sardonic, tongue-in-cheek, straight-forward and convoluted.” (Mia Darien, author of Cameron’s Law )
“[Welcome to the Multiverse] is science fiction in a way, comedy in a way and a detective novel in a way. Read it and you will be a changed person.” (Geoff Nelder, author of ARIA)
“I really, really, really, really, really liked the book, and that is five reallys, so you know I mean it” (Eric Swett, author of Apocalypse Rising)
“intelligently written in a confident and quite unique voice which engages and disarms in equal measure” (Antony Jones, SF Book Reviews)
“My very first impression when I began to read Multiverse was that this was a book that appeared to be written by Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams’ hyper-active love child.” (Michell Plested, Irreverent Muse)
“one of the funniest sci-fi books I’ve ever read…it’s been a long time since I’ve read anything as good and inventive as this.” (Risingshadow)
“This is a book that drips with satire, both the obvious critique and backhanded swipe… [although] Nayman is not above making goofy jokes.”
(Kate Onyett, The Future Fire)