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Liberating Earth was the third Faction Paradox anthology. It was edited by Kate Orman and published by Obverse Books in 2015.

Publisher's summary[]

The human race had every opportunity. We blew it, darling.

Take two Cousins from Faction Paradox.

Give them a world – the Earth, for example – and give them the power to change that world's history as they see fit.

Then stand back and watch what happens…

Just what would happen if a couple of Cousins used our planet as their personal game board? As they create one alternative reality after another, twisting history and reality into knots, only one outcome is sure: whoever wins, the human race loses.

Individual stories[]

Title Author
Playing for Time Kate Orman
Dreamer in the Dark EH Timms
Annie's Arms Xanna Chown
The Mountains are Higher at Home Juliet Kemp
Judy's War Rachel Redhead
Red Rover Red Rover Q
The Víkingr Mystique Dorothy Ail
Life of Julia Tansy Rayner Roberts
Project Thunderbird Kelly Hale


  • This anthology notably featured only female writers.[1]
  • The title is a reference to William Tenn's 1953 short story The Liberation of Earth, where two warring alien species took turns "liberating" planet Earth from each other until the planet was wrecked.[2] In the anthology, Tefen and Triphis similarly take turns altering Earth's history, changing the patterns of conquest and colonisation beyond recognition.

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