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- 1 History
- 2 Stories
- 3 Notes
- 4 Cover gallery
- 5 External links
- 6 Footnotes
At the time that Lawrence Miles wrote Alien Bodies, he intended for the War in Heaven to stay indeterminably far in the Doctor's future, like Merlin or the Valeyard. However, after he learned that Kate Orman and Jon Blum were including Faction Paradox in their novel Unnatural History, he felt justified to explore them further in his 1999 two-part novel Interference, which introduced the Eleven-Day Empire and the Remote. Despite the novel's positive online and international reception, after Interference received unfavourable reviews in DWM 281 and elsewhere, Miles felt he had "lost [his] mandate" and resigned from writing Doctor Who to instead develop a Faction Paradox series.
By the year 2000, BBV Productions had agreed to produce The Faction Paradox Protocols audio series. These audios introduced several concepts that would later become staples of the Faction Paradox range, such as the Faction's shadow-weapons and alternate names like "Great Houses" for the Time Lords or "timeships" for TARDISes. Miles described these alternate names as the continuation of the reinvention that he began in Alien Bodies: as he developed more of the mechanics of the War in Heaven, the War-era Time Lords evolved further and further away from the Time Lords of the past.
This process would not be completed until the writing of The Book of the War, a "guidebook to a series that doesn't exist yet" intended to be a standalone companion to the Protocols audios. A total of twelve authors, including established New Adventures novelists as well as less-experienced writers from contemporary charity publications, contributed short stories to the book in the form of alphabetically-sorted encyclopedia entries. As Miles collected, edited, and synthesized these stories, he developed the War as a more mythological setting with the scale and appearance of science fiction but none of the props. For instance, rather than using aliens in The Book of the War, Miles characterised all non-humans as either gods, like the Great Houses and Celestis, or monsters, like the Yssgaroth and Mal'akh.
The Faction's universe is on the surface an SF universe, but it works on the same principles as traditional folklore. It's all very feudal. There are, or were, 'people' who ran history – 'history' being a way for us to deal with the world around us – and these 'people' are generally nameless and faceless, but with the attitude of an aristocratic upper class. Ruling Houses, in effect. At some point these Houses engaged in a war with an equally inscrutable enemy, and the war intersected – still intersects – human history like a biblical war in Heaven, impacting on humanity but without direct human involvement. Usually. So that makes Faction Paradox a Prometheus among the Titans, it's a splinter-group halfway between the elite and humanity, which believes in (a) introducing its principles to the "collaterals" caught in the crossfire... that's us, essentially... and (b) interfering in the plans of the Houses whenever possible.
The Book of the War was published in September 2002 by Mad Norwegian Press, and it was such a success that, in December of that year, Mad Norwegian announced that it was starting a series of standalone Faction Paradox novels edited by Miles. Despite the series' name, these novels would not specifically focus on the Faction, instead exploring "a myriad of times/settings" throughout the War. Each was written by a contributor to The Book of the War, either building upon the contents of their entries (e.g. Philip Purser-Hallard's Of the City of the Saved and Mags L. Halliday's Warring States) or telling completely new stories (e.g. Lance Parkin's Warlords of Utopia and Kelly Hale's Erasing Sherlock). Notably, each book was set before its predecessor, with some novels hinting that their events were connected to or even caused by their successors. Along with these original novels, Mad Norwegian also republished Miles' 1999 book Dead Romance, which had originally been released in Virgin Books' New Adventures line.
At the same time, Mad Norwegian began producing a Faction Paradox comic to be published by Image Comics. It was written by Lawrence Miles and tied into his 2001 Eighth Doctor novel The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, albeit in a way that required no prior knowledge of that novel or any other Faction Paradox story. The first issue, Political Animals, was listed as one of Diamond Distribution's "Gems of the Month" and was received favourably by several mainstream comic reviewers, but for cost reasons Mad Norwegian decided to end the comic series after issue two, leaving the third part unreleased and the story unfinished.
In September 2003, BBV Productions announced that it was ending its Audio Adventures in Time & Space range to focus exclusively on the The Faction Paradox Protocols line. However, BBV stopped producing new content after A Labyrinth of Histories in 2004, so Miles, impressed by the quality of actors in the Kaldor City series, reached out to Magic Bullet Productions to continue the Faction Paradox audios. Though the resultant True History of Faction Paradox series was designed to be standalone from the earlier Protocols audios, it continued to feature the characters of Justine, Eliza, and Lolita, albeit played by different actors. The first True History audio was released in July 2005, and the sixth and final story was released on 23 November 2009.
Mad Norwegian Press CEO Lars Pearson announced in September 2006 that, as the return of Doctor Who to television had focused fans' attentions elsewhere, the Faction Paradox novels would end with Erasing Sherlock that December rather than continuing with "Novel #6" as was previously announced. However, the following July, New Zealand-based publisher Random Static announced they would resume the Faction Paradox novel line with Newtons Sleep, published January 2008 to some local media attention. Concerned that the series branding was scaring off unfamiliar readers and distracting reviewers, Random Static later released the novel online as a free ebook without the Faction Paradox label. Despite plans for another novel to be released in 2010, this was Random Static's only Faction Paradox release.
On 7 June 2010, Obverse Books announced that it had obtained the license to publish a series of Faction Paradox short story anthologies, beginning with A Romance in Twelve Parts in 2011. Following that anthology's success, Obverse took over the Faction Paradox prose license in its entirety. They began their new novel line with Against Nature and The Brakespeare Voyage, both of which had begun production while Mad Norwegian was still running the series. At the same time they announced novellas from Kelly Hale and Jim Mortimore, neither of which have been released as of April 2022[update]. Obverse also began the first Faction Paradox prose spinoff: The City of the Saved, a series of short story anthologies edited by Philip Purser-Hallard.
Obverse maintains a steady release schedule of Faction Paradox prose. In 2015, they notably published the anthology Liberating Earth, edited by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Kate Orman, which featured only women writers. This precedent was continued two years later in the City of the Saved release Tales of the Civil War.
24 November 2017 marked the twentieth anniversary of Faction Paradox's first appearance in Alien Bodies. Obverse Books commemorated the occasion by releasing the Faction Paradox novel Weapons Grade Snake Oil and the City of the Saved anthology Tales of the Civil War in the first months of the year. Then, on 25 November, Obverse released the novel Spinning Jenny, which had been in production since 2012, and opened preorders for the anthology The Book of the Enemy. They also announced The Book of the Peace, the December 2018 release of which was accompanied by a series of promotional vignettes and interviews collected on the Obverse Books website as The Book of the Peace Dossier.
To celebrate Obverse Books' tenth anniversary in 2019, six novellas were released in the Obverse Sextet line, each a tie-in to one of Obverse Books' fiction series. This included a new Faction Paradox book, Hyponormalisation: A Faction Hollywood Production, and the seventh City of the Saved release, Vanishing Tales of the City.
In 2021, BBV Productions reacquired the Faction Paradox audio and video license after a 17 year hiatus, quickly releasing new standalone Faction Paradox audio stories, scriptbooks of The Faction Paradox Protocols, and Lance Parkin's rejected The Book of the War entry Mr Saldaamir. Notably, some of BBV's early decisions were decried by Lawrence Miles. BBV also released Daylight Savings, a live-action crossover between Faction Paradox and P.R.O.B.E., although the Faction appeared only as static illustrations rather than in live-action. A second crossover short, Ex-President, was released in P.R.O.B.E. Case Files - Volume 2 on 25 February 2022; though mostly in the same format, it included a brief shot of a Faction Paradox member in live-action.
Following public outcry over BBV's hiring and defence of an accused child predator on another audio project in October 2021, Jacob Keith, who had previously worked on BBV's Faction Paradox audioplays, suggested in March 2022 that Baggs "no longer ha[d] his hands on" Faction Paradox. As a result, a number of BBV's planned Faction Paradox stories were never released, including Case File - Faction Paradox, the finale to the P.R.O.B.E. crossover arc.
The City of the Saved
- Main article: The City of the Saved (series)
Starting in 2012 with Tales of the City, Obverse Books also published a Faction Paradox anthology subseries or spin-off, The City of the Saved, set in the eponymous City introduced in The Book of the War.
Worlds of the Spiral Politic
On 21 April 2021, Obverse Books announced Worlds of the Spiral Politic, a new book series set in the Faction Paradox universe. The series title referenced not only the Spiral Politic from The Book of the War but also Big Finish Productions' The Worlds of Big Finish and The Worlds of Doctor Who series of audio plays. The open call for pitches for the first book, a two-part anthology set in the Boulevard of Alternate Brutalities from Stuart Douglas's 2010 Iris Wildthyme short story The Shape of Things, had been announced that February.
|The Boulevard: Volume One||Stuart Douglas||Obverse Books||1 June 2022|
|The Boulevard: Volume Two||TBA|
The Faction Paradox Protocols
- Main article: The Faction Paradox Protocols
|1||The Eleven-Day Empire||Lawrence Miles||Justine, Eliza, Lolita, Morlock, Quelch, Sontarans||October 2001|
|2||The Shadow Play|
|3||Sabbath Dei||Justine, Eliza, Lolita, Sabbath, Compassion, Peking Homunculi||February 2003|
|4||In the Year of the Cat||April 2003|
|5||Movers||Justine, Lolita, Morlock, Sabbath||December 2003|
|6||A Labyrinth of Histories||February 2004|
The True History of Faction Paradox
- Main article: The True History of Faction Paradox
|1||Coming to Dust||Lawrence Miles||Justine, Eliza, Finton, Marne||23 July 2005|
|2||The Ship of a Billion Years||Justine, Eliza, Sutekh, Finton, Marne||15 April 2006|
|3||Body Politic||Justine, Eliza, Sutekh, the War King, Lolita, Anubis, Mortega||May 2008|
|4||Words from Nine Divinities||Justine, Eliza, Sutekh, the War King, Lolita, Anubis, Mortega, Nephthys||24 November 2008|
|5||Ozymandias||Justine, Horus, Sutekh, Lolita, Geb, Nephthys, Finton, Marne||8 June 2009|
|6||The Judgment of Sutekh||23 November 2009|
- Main article: Dionus's War (audio series)
Starting in June 2021, BBV Productions released several new Faction Paradox audios. The first of these, Eternal Escape, introduced the character of Dionus, a deserter from House Military. Subsequent releases featuring Dionus were subtitled Dionus's War, a new subseries into which Eternal Escape itself was retroactively officially incorporated.
|Eternal Escape||James Hornby||Dionus, House Military, the Friend||6 June 2021|
|Call Me Ishmael||J.T. Mulholland||Dionus, House Military||23 June 2021|
|The Healer's Sin||Dionus||24 July 2021|
|Me & My Ghost||Bill Baggs||1 October 2021|
Faction Paradox: Rebirth
- Main article: Rebirth (audio series)
Concurrently with Dionus's War, BBV released a few standalone Faction Paradox audios. Like Eternal Escape, these were originally not released under any series title more specific than Faction Paradox, but they were eventually officially designated Faction Paradox: Rebirth.
|Mr Saldaamir||Lance Parkin||Mister Saldaamir||11 August 2021|
|Sabbath and the King||Aristide Twain||Sabbath, the War King||12 August 2021|
|The Confession of Brother Signet||Michael Gilroy-Sinclair||Nyarlathotep||20 October 2021|
Faction Paradox: Hellscape
Lucifer was written and performed by Trevor Spencer and released by BBV Productions under the subtitle Faction Paradox: Hellscape on 1 January 2022. As BBV lost the Faction Paradox license shortly afterwards, Lucifer was the only Hellscape release related to Faction Paradox.
Long before the first print Faction Paradox short story anthology in 2011, Mad Norwegian Press and Random Static both released short stories as tie-ins to their Faction Paradox novels. These were often published online as part of The Spiral Politic Database or as extras with other releases — not only in Mad Norwegian's own novels, but also in the Image Comics run of Faction Paradox comic books.
December, 1774. America stands on the brink of armed revolt. With Boston placed under martial law and the colonies straining at the British Empire's bit, England's King George III is about to receive a rare gift from the Empress of Russia—the last living woolly mammoth in the Western hemisphere. Among the dignitaries gathered at the mammoth's reception are two representatives from Faction Paradox. Though the details remain vague, the 1700s have apparently become a crossroads, an intersection between known history and the cosmic "War in Heaven." The Faction seems determined to involve itself in local politics ... for whomever controls this intersection in time will ultimately control history.
Two issues of a bimonthly Faction Paradox comic were produced by Mad Norwegian Press and published by Image Comics in the latter half of 2003. Each issue had a central, 16-page comic along with shorter, illustrated text stories. The main comic story was an ongoing one, so the early cancellation of the title meant that the story was never finished. It was set after the end of the War in Heaven and acted as a prequel to The Adventuress of Henrietta Street; the Faction Paradox Protocols audio stories Sabbath Dei and In the Year of the Cat were intended to be prequels to the comic, although they were ultimately released first.
The comic was written by Lawrence Miles, edited by Lars Pearson, penciled by Jim Calafiore, inked by Peter Palmiotti, lettered by Christa Dickson, and coloured by Paul Monts. The covers were made by Steve Johnson.
|1||Political Animals||Lawrence Miles||Isobel, Mayakatula||August 2003|
|2||Bêtes Noires & Dark Horses||Isobel, Mayakatula, Sabbath Dei||October 2003|
|Creatures of Habit||Mayakatula, Sabbath Dei||(unreleased)|
Shortly before the release of the first issue of the Faction Paradox comic, a subsidiary company of Warner Brothers contacted the publisher to ask about the rights to a Faction Paradox theatrical film. The talks came to an abrupt end after Lawrence Miles described the project as "Amadeus with monsters".
In 2021-22, BBV Productions released two video crossovers between Faction Paradox and its P.R.O.B.E. series, both ultimately collected in P.R.O.B.E. Case Files - Volume 2. A third short, meant to conclude the storyline, was never released.
|Daylight Savings||James Hornby||Giles||6 June 2021|
|Bêtes Noires & Dark Horses||Giles, Felix Mather||25 February 2022|
- Several concepts and characters that originated in Faction Paradox would later feature in other series set in the Doctor Who universe. For instance, in Big Finish Productions' Bernice Summerfield series, Cwejen from The Book of the War appeared alongside Straxus in The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel; Krisztina-Judit Németh from Of the City of the Saved... appeared in Predating the Predators; and the Ship of a Billion Years from the eponymous audio was mentioned in The Eye of Horus. Ruling Houses Dvora and Mirraflex, first mentioned in The Book of the War, were respectively mentioned in the Big Finish audios Panacea and The Conscript.
- A subscription to the short-lived Faction Paradox comic series at Burton's Books came with a free mousemat based on Steve Johnson's cover art on issue 1.
- The Faction Paradox website was not officially run by Mad Norwegian Press or BBV Productions, but directly overseen by Lawrence Miles. It included original material about the Faction Paradox universe written by Lawrence Miles, including the prose contents of The Spiral Politic Database and the original scripts to The Faction Paradox Protocols.
- It was originally intended that sidebars would be a part of the Faction Paradox novels' "house style"; however, only The Book of the War and Of the City of the Saved... used them.
- Main article: Faction Paradox covers
- Official Faction Paradox page at Obverse Books
- Official Faction Paradox page at bbvproductions.co.uk
- Faction Paradox series at the Faction Paradox wiki
- Lawrence Miles (28 May 2000). The "Last Ever" Interview. Menace The Miles. Archived from the original on 4 February 2003.
- Philip Purser-Hallard (20 August 2012). Re: Rate 36. The Ancestor Cell. Gallifrey Base. “The Time Lord War was never meant to be something which actually happened in the EDA range – it was part of the Doctor's distant future, like Merlin or the Valeyard, and could have been kept there indefinitely if the editors had shown wiling.”
- Lawrence Miles (11 March 2001). 64 Thousand-Dollar Questions. The Complete Lawrence Miles. Archived from the original on 1 March 2005.
- Lawrence Miles (17 August 1999). All-Purpose Internet Statement. Rec.arts.drwho. Archived from the original on 22 April 2001.
- Lawrence Miles (2001). Outpost Gallifrey Interview. Outpost Gallifrey. Archived from the original on 14 June 2003.
- Mad Norwegian News. Mad Norwegian Press (2002-2003). Archived from the original on 22 April 2003.
- Lawrence Miles (2003). The Faction Paradox Interview. BBV Online. Archived from the original on 6 May 2003.
- Philip Purser-Hallard. Of the City of the Saved Notes – Book Three. Infinitarian.com. “Lawrence Miles decided early on that there would be minimal emphasis on “aliens” in the Faction universe: in The Book of the War non-humans are gods, like the members of the Great Houses, or monsters, like the Mal'akh.”
- Lawrence Miles; Brent Keane (5 January 2004). Paradoxically Speaking. Ninth Art.
- Philip Purser-Hallard. Of the City of the Saved Notes – Book Two. Infinitarian.com.
- Mags L. Halliday. Author's Notes. Warring States ebook edition ([[2013 (releases)|]]). “This was another conceit of the series: that each novel was set earlier than the previous one. So the events at the end of Erasing Sherlock trigger elements of Warring States, and the end of Warring States triggers elements of Of City of the Saved...”
- Faction News. Mad Norwegian Press (2003-2005). Archived from the original on 5 July 2005.
- Image Comics Press Release. Mad Norwegian Press (15 May 2003). Archived from the original on 22 August 2003. “Faction Paradox has a five-year history in science-fiction novels, but there's not a lick of pre-knowledge required for the comic book series.”
- Premier Gems of the Month. Diamond Comics (June 2003). Archived from the original on 4 June 2003.
- Faction Paradox #1. Mad Norwegian Press (2003). Archived from the original on 5 February 2004.
- Lars Pearson (June 2004). Mad Norwegian ends Faction Paradox comic series. Mad Norwegian Press. Archived from the original on 4 August 2004.
- BBV News. BBV Online (September 2003). Archived from the original on 4 October 2003. “Season 4 also wraps up BBV's audio output for the time being, with the exception of the Faction Paradox range, which will move to a separate audio series in their own right.”
- Downtime – The Lost Years of Doctor Who
- Faction News. Mad Norwegian Press (2005-2008). Archived from the original on 27 September 2008.
- Lars Pearson (4 October 2005). You want to know the few-char!. The Faction Paradox Community.
- Random Static to publish Faction Paradox novels. Random Static Ltd (July 2007). Archived from the original on 22 August 2007.
- A tale of love and magic in the Faction universe. The Big Idea (11 January 2008).
- Newtons Sleep puts Wellington back on sci-fi map. Scoop Independent News (7 January 2008).
- Kelly Buchanan (16 January 2009). Newtons Sleep Ebook and Other News. The Faction Paradox Community.
- Daniel O'Mahony. Newtons Sleep. Random Static. Archived from the original on 20 January 2009.
- Kelly Buchanan (2009). New Faction Paradox in 2010. “In 2010 we'll be publishing an anthology of NZ speculative fiction, and the next novel in the Faction Paradox setting.”
- Stuart Douglas (7 June 2010). Faction Paradox – the shorter version. Gallifrey Base.
- Stuart Douglas (13 August 2010). Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts. Gallifrey Base.
- Stuart Douglas (23 December 2011). Faction Paradox 2012. Obverse Books.
- Lawrence Burton (22 March 2013). Against Nature has Arrived. Onereed.
- Simon Bucher-Jones (28 January 2014). Shard Apocrypha – Brakespeare Initialisation. SBJ's Pantechnicon Extravaganza.
- Stuart Douglas (22 August 2011). Re: Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts. Gallifrey Base. “Ahem...watch this (or some related) space :)”
- Stuart Douglas (6 December 2011). The Obverse Quarterly Year Two. Gallifrey Base.
- Blair Bidmead (1 January 2017). Faction Paradox – Weapons Grade Snake Oil: Author Q&A. We Are Cult.
- Dale Smith (2018). Spinning Jenny. Dale Smith Online.
- Coming very soon – THE BOOK OF THE ENEMY. Obverse Books on Facebook (25 November 2017).
- Coming soon – The Book of the Peace. Obverse Books on Facebook (7 September 2017).
- The Book of the Peace Dossier. Obverse Books (2018).
- Sextet – An Obverse Anniversary Celebration. Obverse Books on Facebook (6 February 2019).
- Lawrence Miles (6 June 2021). I strongly recommend that you don't buy any Faction Paradox material from BBV.. Lawrence Miles on Twitter. Archived from the original on 6 June 2021.
- BBV Productions (25 February 2022). P.R.O.B.E. Case Files: Volume 2 announcement. BBV on Twitter.
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- Aristide Twain (9 March 2022). Eight "Lost" BBV Projects. Aristide Twain on Tumblr.
- A reprint of the [[1999 (releases)|]] New Adventures novel.
- Published as part of Obverse Sextet.
- Published in Obverse Quarterly.
- Obverse Books (21 April 2021). Announcing a new series – Worlds of the Spiral Politic. Facebook.
- Obverse Books (19 February 2021). Open Submissions Call for The Boulevard. Facebook.
- Faction Paradox: The Boulevard, volume one (20 April 2022).
- Faction Paradox: Dionus' War - 4 Audio Bundle. Retrieved on 14 December 2021.
- Faction Paradox: Rebirth - 3 Audio Bundle. Retrieved on 22 February 2022.
- Faction Paradox Comic Series. Archived from the original on 12 August 2003.
- Comic Series Creative Team. Mad Norwegian Press (2003). Archived from the original on 13 August 2003.
- Lawrence Miles (January 2007). On Monsters. The Beasthouse. Archived from the original on 30 March 2007.
- Spinoff Comics – The Millennium Effect
- Tom Pratchett (21 February 2003). Re: Do I need to read Henrietta St?. The Faction Paradox Community. “I should really look at what Lawrence sends me before I just upload it willy nilly.”
- Lawrence Miles (11 November 2001). The Story So Far: Faction Paradox, as Much as It's Known. Faction Paradox. Archived from the original on 15 November 2001.
- Lawrence Miles (14 September 2002). Faction Armour: Some Design Notes. Faction Paradox. Archived from the original on 5 February 2003.
- Lawrence Miles (11 November 2001). Blood Ties: Inside the Grandfather's House. Faction Paradox. Archived from the original on 15 November 2001.
- Lawrence Miles (2005). Crimes Against History. Faction Paradox. Archived from the original on 19 July 2006.
- Mags L. Halliday. When did the War Actually start. The Faction Paradox Community.
- Mags L. Halliday (14 September 2002). The Eleven-Day Empire: A Tour of the Capital. Faction Paradox. Archived from the original on 4 February 2003.
- Lawrence Miles (2005). Scripts. Faction Paradox. Archived from the original on 12 April 2006.
- Philip Purser-Hallard. Of the City of the Saved Notes – Book One. Infinitarian.com. “[Sidebars] were integral to the pseudo-reference style of The Book of the War, and it was planned – initially, at least – that the device would form part of the house style for the Faction Paradox novels.”