Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
"The Tribunal Decision in the matter of the Great Houses vs. Scarratt is as follows.
That the orders lawfully issued to the said Scarratt were deliberately ignored, as recorded in Scarratt's own thoughts, as recorded through the media first of the recording circuits of his timeship and then of the biodata retrieved from exhibit A."
Plot[edit | edit source]
to be added
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Robert Scarratt
- Lord Dervishage
- Ella Stanton
- Thomas Hendron
- Cousin Nebaioth
- Father Cuttle
- Father Kercovian
- Plautus St. Germain
- High Priest Nodovekian
References[edit | edit source]
The War[edit | edit source]
- Minkosa recalls that Scarratt fought at Pentralaxia and Cuchailan's Rift.
- Minkosa posits that the discovery of Scarratt's head may be the worst breach in linearity since the Eight Day Week.
- Jendrickenses speculates that Scarratt's head may be one of the Seven Prophesied Heads of Severance.
Human history[edit | edit source]
- Anti-aging drugs began being sold to the public in 2028.
- Earth is swallowed by the Sun circa 12,000,000.
- While there were offshoots and "stray threads", the "core" final fate of humanity was to become homo solarians and live in the Sun.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The Brakespeare Voyage was in development over a decade before its release, having its origins around the time that The Book of the War was finished. A synopsis draft from September 2002, which differed substantially from the ultimately-published version, was entitled A Noose of Stars to Hang Me and featured steampunk "Journey to the Centre of the Earth"-style imagery; it would have more heavily involved parallel universes, had Leviathans "swimming upstream" the Grandfather's Maw, and featured the Order of the White Peacock in a prominent role. Lawrence Miles thought the original premise was similar to Warlords of Utopia and advised that Simon Bucher-Jones take the novel in a different direction. It was Miles who suggested that the story have the nautical "Moby-Dick" motif which would become a large part of the final product. After Mad Norwegian Press announced the end of the Faction Paradox novel range in 2006, Bucher-Jones briefly posted on his blog an October 2005 synopsis of the novel, in which it was called Nebaioth, or, The Seventh Wave Boy's Book of Whaling for Universes.
- Prior to The Brakespeare Voyage's publishing, the cities of Kasting and Medicia were featured in entries of the Blind Atlas Cities series of short fictions released by Simon Bucher-Jones on his blog in 2006. Abridged versions of these entries appear in chapter 37 of The Brakespeare Voyage. Additionally, another entry written around this time makes reference to "The Yarrow of the White Peacock", indicating a connection to an earlier version of The Brakespeare Voyage.
- As briefly hinted at in the musings of Scarratt in the novel, the main character Nebaioth was named after the firstborn son of the biblical Ishmael. The main character of Moby-Dick was named "Ishmael" after said biblical character.
- Hilberta's Hostel is a play on Hilbert's paradox of the Grand Hotel.
- Simon Bucher-Jones said that he wrote the first five chapters and everything involving "Scarratt/etc", while Jon Dennis did the Nebaioth chapters. However, they each tweaked each other's texts, so the wordage was roughly evenly split.
- Lawrence Burton posted previous versions of the cover art on his blog.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- Scarratt claims to have been the last soldier to meet the Enemy in open parley before "the disaster on the plains of Utterlost". (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- Minkosa refers to the fact that the first message from the enemy was conveyed through a talking severed head. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- Entarodora mentions that her Homeworld welcomed back many infamous outcasts and renegades during the War, (PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5) some of whom climbed to high office. (PROSE: The Book of the War, The Taking of Planet 5, The Infinity Doctors, AUDIO: Body Politic, Words from Nine Divinities)
- Entarodora warns Dervishage of House Lolita. (PROSE: The Book of the War, AUDIO: The Eleven Day Empire et al)
- Scarratt is aware of the City of the Saved. (PROSE: The Book of the War, Of the City of the Saved... et al)
- Scarratt mentions Miss Foyle's House of the Rising Sun. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- Compassion remembers that after Earth was made unsuitable for life, humanity had "long stays" first on Mars and then on Pluto. (TV: The Sun Makers, PROSE: Weapons Grade Snake Oil)
- Compassion jumps between strands of time, a process which was known by the term "skipping a time track" to her early predecessors. (TV: The Space Museum et al)
- Scarratt was involved in the Eighth Retro War. (PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5)
- Scarratt once gave a speech to Fifth Wave soldiers at Kobe. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
[edit | edit source]
- Official The Brakespeare Voyage page at Obverse Books
- The Brakespeare Voyage at the Faction Paradox wiki
Footnotes[edit | edit source]
- The Prehistory of The Brakespeare Voyage. SBJ's pantechnicon extravaganza. Retrieved on 11 August 2018.
- Shard Apocrypha - Brakespeare Initialisation. SBJ's pantechnicon extravaganza (28 January 2014). Retrieved on 23 September 2017.
- An early document concerning the Brakespeare. SBJ's pantechnicon extravaganza (30 January 2014). Retrieved on 3 March 2018.
- Nebaioth. The Faction Paradox Community (30 October 2006). Retrieved on 11 August 2018.
- Medicia (Dark Atlas). SBJ's pantechnicon extravaganza (3 April 2006). Retrieved on 9 December 2018.
- Kasting. SBJ's pantechnicon extravaganza (19 September 2006). Retrieved on 9 December 2018.
- The City of the Black Moon. SBJ's pantechnicon extravaganza (18 \march 2006). Retrieved on 9 December 2018.
- Re: Faction Paradox: The Brakespeare Voyage
- The Brakespeare Voyage at OneReed.Blogspot.Com