This Town Will Never Let Us Go was the second novel in the Faction Paradox series.
Publisher's summary Edit
From up here you can see it all, hear it all, taste most of it and feel the rest when the electric lights and the satellite signals prickle against your skin. The town, from midnight to six, marked out in headlights and the flash-fire of a culture in War-time. Séance-messages written in the patterns of the road signs, and ghost-transmissions scrambled into the background noise of the traffic. Animal scent-signals from the fried food stands. All describing something, buried under the tarmac and the street-geometry.
Down there, a girl in a fake-bone mask is working on a ritual to bring it to the surface. A popular performing artiste with a navel stud and serious identity problems is finding herself stalked — literally — by her own image. An ambulance crewman is about to find his own way of getting involved in the War.
And bringing them all together, in one neat little urban mythology, there's Faction Paradox - part cult, part subculture, part pop phenomenon, and part criminal syndicate, either watching-without-being-seen or simply not existing at all (at least until someone invents it). Assuming they're not wholly imaginary, the archons of the Faction seem like the only ones who know what this town really is - what every town really is — and what's bound to happen when it wakes up.
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- The publisher identifies this as a stand-alone book.
- This book was edited by Lars Pearson.
- Author Lawrence Miles intended the novel to be a reboot of everything he'd previously written, tying up themes from his novels Christmas on a Rational Planet, Alien Bodies, Interference, and "maybe the odd bit of Adventuress". The book references Alien Bodies not just in the character of the Black Man but also in the last names of Valentine Bregman and Tiffany Korta, which echo the Alien Bodies characters Kathleen Bregman and Joseph Kortez; similarly, the name of the character Horror echoes that of the Horror from Dead Romance. Mary Culver, first mentioned in Adventuress, is also referenced in this story.
- Waco Black is based off of Marilyn Manson.
- The Ghost Point was previously mentioned in PROSE: The Book of the War.
- The Black Man previously appeared in PROSE: Alien Bodies.
- Mary Culver was previously mentioned in PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street and The Book of the War.
- Some stories exist of a woman who was re-made over and over (PROSE: Interference) until she became susceptible to the systems of the Ships of War until she became a human-Ship hybrid known as Compassion. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon)
- Mention is made of the word "Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk", coined by James Joyce. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- Official This Town Will Never Let Us Go page at Mad Norwegian Press
- This Town Will Never Let Us Go at the Faction Paradox wiki
- The Discontinuity Guide to: This Town Will Never Let Us Go at The Whoniverse