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The Book of the War was the first novel in the Faction Paradox series.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

The Great Houses: Immovable. Implacable. Unchanging. Old enough to pass themselves off as immortal, arrogant enough to claim ultimate authority over the Spiral Politic.

The Enemy: Not so much an army as a hostile new kind of history. So ambitious it can re-write worlds, so complex that even calling it by its name seems to underestimate it.

Faction Paradox: Renegades, ritualists, saboteurs and subterfugers, the criminal-cult to end all criminal-cults, happy to be caught in the crossfire and ready to take whatever's needed from the wreckage… assuming the other powers leave behind a universe that's habitable.

The War: A fifty-year-old dispute over the two most valuable territories in existence: "cause" and "effect."

Marking the first five decades of the conflict, THE BOOK OF THE WAR is an A to Z of a self-contained continuum and a complete guide to the Spiral Politic, from the beginning of recordable time to the fall of humanity. Part story, part history and part puzzle-box, this is a chronicle of protocol and paranoia in a War where the historians win as many battles as the soldiers and the greatest victory of all is to hold on to your own past…

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Entries[edit | edit source]

The Core Entries[edit | edit source]

History of Faction Paradox[edit | edit source]

The History of Earth[edit | edit source]

The A-Z of the War[edit | edit source]

Houses and Orders[edit | edit source]

The History of the Homeworld[edit | edit source]

The History of Posthumanity[edit | edit source]

The Academician's Story[edit | edit source]

The Non-History of the Celestis[edit | edit source]

The Shift's Story[edit | edit source]

The City of the Saved[edit | edit source]

The Impaler's Story[edit | edit source]

The Thirteen-Day Republic[edit | edit source]

Labyrinths[edit | edit source]

The Ghost Dance[edit | edit source]

The History of the Remote[edit | edit source]

Faction Hollywood[edit | edit source]

The End[edit | edit source]

Coda[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While editing The Book of the War, Lawrence Miles described it as "a continuity in a book, it's an encyclopaedia to the War Era universe. It's got a structure rather than a plot, the way history's got a structure or a Bible's got a structure. Some parts of the universe are cross-referenced with other parts, and it all comes together to make up this great big … vision."[2]
  • In the book, some words in each entry are emphasised in bold to point to other entries under that name. This enables the reader to jump around the book and read related entries. "Design Specs for Advanced Users", published on a hidden page on the Faction Paradox website, purported to reveal the "secret pathway running through the whole volume": one route that covers the entire book by jumping along these links.[3] This list forms the basis for the organisation of the entries on this page.
  • Miles carefully structured the book so it could also be understood if the entries were read in alphabetical order: at one point, he specifically requested that Jonathan Dennis rename a character to move the respective entry in the book.[4] The entries in several sections of the Design Specs listing are notably given in alphabetical order.
  • The Design Specs specified that their listing contained "almost certainly at least one mistake", as well as "a single entry which isn't connected to anything else".[3] The mistake was the listing of the nonexistent "Scarratt's Group" entry under "The A-Z of the War", and the single unconnected entry was "Parablox" (here placed under "The End"). As it stands, "The A-Z of the War" needs both the nonexistent "Scarratt's Group" entry and the "Jungle Children" entry (grouped under the subsequent "Houses and Orders" section) in order to truly have one entry for every letter of the alphabet.
  • Miles was selective concerning what concepts were explicitly borrowed from the Doctor Who universe, particularly with regards to alien species. For instance, he had permission from the Robert Holmes estate to use the Sontarans, who had previously appeared in his The Faction Paradox Protocols audio stories, but he decided they weren't necessary.[5] In contrast, he obtained permission from Neil Penswick to use the Yssgaroth from The Pit, because, even though the concept was generic, Miles described "Yssgaroth" as "the best name I've ever heard".[6]
  • Lawrence Miles briefly considered releasing an expanded version of The Book of the War on CD-ROM.[7] Though Mad Norwegian Press' other Faction Paradox books would be later be released as ebooks, CEO Lars Pearson said that the number of permissions that would be needed from the contributors made it untenable.[5]
  • The entry for the City of the Saved quotes a traveller's lyrical description of the City as "an urban sprawl the size of a spiral galaxy… a fabulous shimmering lightscape nonillions of miles across". This traveller was intended to be Iris Wildthyme.[8]
  • Besides its continuity connections to the Doctor Who universe, The Book of the War also includes references to many stories from other universes and genres. For instance, the effects of praxis and, more specifically, the story of young Robert Scarratt defusing a native uprising on House Xianthellipse's praxis-supplying planet reference the classic science fiction novel Dune; similarly, the Eremites, who self-mutilate and live in the labyrinth, mirror the Cenobites from Clive Barker's Hellraiser franchise.

Who wrote what?[edit | edit source]

Contributors to the book mostly worked on their stories independently, only discovering the added intersections with other stories once the book was released. It was deliberately kept unclear as to which authors contributed which articles, but later releases provided some clues.

Unincluded entries[edit | edit source]

The book lists Lance Parkin, David A. McIntee, and Eddie Robson as writers who "wanted to play but whose material didn't quite fit anywhere".

Continuity[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

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