Last Updated on August 5, 2019
Last Updated on August 5, 2019Elan Mastai is a new Canadian science-fiction author, who debuted with All Our Wrongs Today in 2017. Reading the Elan Mastai books in order right now involves checking out his one single book. However, he is currently writing his second story, so it shouldn’t take long now.
Here are the Elan Mastai books in order. New books will be added to the list as the author completes his next novels.
Elan Mastai Books
All Our Wrongs Today, 2017
Elan Mastai Biography
Elan Mastai was born in 1974 Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada, where he also grew up. His mother was Canadian, and his father an Israeli immigrant. He is currently living in Toronto, Ontario with his family and his dog, an Australian Shepherd with the name Ruby Slippers.
Growing up in Vancouver, he would often see famous sci-fi writers in nearby cafes or browsing books at the local bookstore, so Elan took a great deal of inspiration from these authors along with his desire to be one day a successful author just like them. In fact, he wanted to be able to write books from a very early age.
After graduating from university where he studied film, he started writing at the age of 26 after his mom passed away. Soon, he became a successful Hollywood movie scriptwriter, working on Alone in the Dark, The F Word, MVP: Most Vertical Primate and Fury (Samaritan). Over the years, he wrote scripts both for Hollywood and for independent production companies. Some of the scripts he wrote were for Fox, Sony, Warner Brothers, and Paramount.
After spending over a decade writing movie scripts, he was ready for a career shift. He started writing his debut novel, All Our Wrongs Today, during the press tour for the movie he wrote the script for, What If. The more he traveled to new placed, the more the idea of traveling occupied his mind, shaping his thoughts and ideas for the first book he would be writing.
The movie press tour ended, but he kept on writing in his spare time during his free evenings and on the weekends.
Once written, the book was picked up by Penguin Random House. The publisher gave Elan Mastai an advance of $1.25m for this book, which was eventually published in February 2017. It became an instant success.
All Our Wrongs Today is currently in the final rounds of Best Science Fiction Goodreads’ Choice Awards for 2017, sitting along with names like Andy Weir, Jodi Taylor, Timothy Zahn and John Scalzi.
In fact, Andy Weir had this to say about Elan Mastai’s debut novel:
A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity’s future.
Currently, the author is working on his second novel.
All Out Wrongs Today is a time-travel sci-fi romance which follows Tom, a guy living in 2016 in his own universe. His father, an unapproachable and unemotional guy, was an expert in all things time travel. With his mother dead, Tom decided that it was enough for him to be a failure, so it was time he did something about it. So he jumped into his dad’s time machine and basically had crossed over from an alternate reality to land on our timeline.
The only thing he didn’t consider before jumping was how much his own jump would change the world around him. Because his voyage changed not only him but also the people around him. He is now suddenly surrounded by people he never met in his own reality (for example, he now has a new sister, and his mother is not dead. Not only that, but his father has no clue about time travel at all.)
So Tom decides to fix what he screwed up in his first attempt and he does another jump. Only this time he screws up the timeline even more.
And with every new jump he jumbles everything around him so bad that now all he wants is the original timeline he started from. But with so many parallel universes, how can find now now the real one, the one where he can become, for once, happy?
The first sentence of the book is just perfect:
So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have.
Tom’s original word is a real Utopia. There are no wars here, there is no illness, and poverty is a thing of the past. However, what that world is lacking is also something essential: books. The way people get entertainment is by using storytelling by scanning your brainwaves and bringing you into something akin to a waking dream state. In a way, this world reminds me of the new LitRpg genre which is beginning to take the world by storm.
All Our Wrong Today by Elan Mastai is not only a fast-paced sci-fi thriller but also an in-depth look at how our society looks at happiness and the people’s willingness to do everything they can to become happier.
Praise for Elan Mastai
Thrilling and refreshingly optimistic (Andy Weir)
All Our Wrong Todays is an incredibly creative work. It’s as if Mastai time traveled and took copious notes of what a future utopian world would be. The science is as engaging as the romance. Mastai has mastered the art of endearing himself to an audience through both knowledge and entertainment. It’s definitely out of this world—or an alternate universe. (Associated Press)
Shades of sci-fi, but also an endearing comedy about family and friendship. (New York Post)
Instantly engaging. . . . A timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers, and others, that show us who we might be, could be—and maybe never should be—that eventually leads us to who we are. (USA Today)