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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. 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 explored 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, an encyclopedia-style "guidebook to a series that doesn't exist yet" intended to be a standalone companion to the Protocols audios. As Miles collected, edited, and synthesized stories from nine other authors, he developed the War as a more mythological setting, which had the scale and appearance of science fiction but none of the props. For instance, instead of 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 beginning a series of standalone Faction Paradox novels edited by Miles. Despite the series' name, these novels did not specifically focus on the Faction, instead exploring "a myriad of times/settings" throughout the War. Along with several 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 comic was listed as one of Diamond Distribution's "Gems of the Month" and was received favourably by several comic reviewers, but for various reasons Mad Norwegian decided to end the comic series before the third issue, leaving the story unfinished.
Shortly before the release of the comic's first issue, a subsidiary company of Warner Brothers contacted the publisher to ask about the film rights. The talks lasted for a few emails and phone calls, but they came to an abrupt end after Lawrence Miles described the project as "Amadeus with monsters".
In September 2003, BBV Productions announced that they were ending their 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 series continued until the sixth and final story was released on 23 November 2009.
In 2005, Lawrence Miles and Philip Purser-Hallard co-wrote a pilot script for a radio sitcom set in the City of the Saved, introduced by Purser-Hallard in The Book of the War and further developed in his 2004 novel Of the City of the Saved.... Although the episode was recorded, it was never released.
The Mad Norwegian Press novel series continued until, in September 2006, CEO Lars Pearson announced that the return of Doctor Who to television had focused fans' attentions elsewhere, so the Faction Paradox novels would end with Erasing Sherlock that December. However, the following July, the New Zealand-based publisher Random Static announced they would be continuing the Faction Paradox novel line with Newtons Sleep, eventually published 12 January 2008 to some media attention. Concerned that the Faction Paradox branding was scaring off unfamiliar readers and distracting reviewers, Random Static also released the novel online as a free ebook. Despite plans for a novel to be released in 2010, this would be 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 running the series; they also announced novellas from Kelly Hale and Jim Mortimore, neither of which were ever released. Obverse also began the first Faction Paradox prose spinoff or subseries: The City of the Saved series of short story anthologies, edited by Philip Purser-Hallard, creator of the eponymous City.
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 followed for the 2017 City of the Saved release Tales of the Civil War, save for the contributions of the range editor.
On 25 November 2017, the day after the exact 20th anniversary of the Faction's introduction in Alien Bodies, Obverse released the novel Spinning Jenny, which had been in production since 2012. They also announced the anthology The Book of the Enemy, which was later released in January 2018.
Short stories Edit
The Faction Paradox Protocols Edit
- Main article: The Faction Paradox Protocols
BBV Productions released three two-part audios in their series The Faction Paradox Protocols between 2001 and 2004.
|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 Edit
- Main article: The True History of Faction Paradox
In 2004, Magic Bullet Productions obtained the Faction Paradox audio license and began the six-part The True History of Faction Paradox series, which ended in 2009.
|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|
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.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 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- The Faction Paradox website, while not officially run by Mad Norwegian Press or BBV Productions, included lots of original material about the Faction Paradox universe written or endorsed by Lawrence Miles. Materials included Lawrence Miles' "Blood Ties" (which would later be included in The Book of the War as "The Faction Paradox Family"); Mags L. Halliday's tour of the Eleven-Day Empire; "Crimes Against History", the official timeline given to series authors; and the original, uncut 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.
- In 2015, Obverse Books published a companion piece to Burning with Optimism's Flames entitled Wallowing in Pessimism's Mire. Despite having good reviews, it garnered no reaction from the small fan community, and, after issues with the printers resulted in only seven copies being printed, Obverse Books CEO Stuart Douglas retracted it as a failure. As a result, it is not officially released and fails this wiki's four little rules of validity.
- ↑ Phil PH on The Ancestor Cell
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lawrence Miles: The Last Ever Interview. 28th May 2000
- ↑ 64 Thousand-Dollar Questions
- ↑ All-Purpose Internet Statement
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Gallifrey One Interview
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Mad Norwegian News
- ↑ BBV Interview
- ↑ Book Three Notes
- ↑ Lawrence Miles, January 2004 interview
- ↑ Mad Norwegian Press to reprint Miles' Dead Romance
- ↑ FP Comic Press Release
- ↑ Premier - Gems of the Month
- ↑ Faction Paradox #1
- ↑ FP Comic Overview
- ↑ Beasthouse LM
- ↑ BBV News
- ↑ Downtime – The Lost Years of Doctor Who
- ↑ PPH Interview
- ↑ Faction Paradox Novels to End with Erasing Sherlock
- ↑ Faction Paradox Never Went Away
- ↑ A tale of love and magic in the Faction universe
- ↑ 'Newtons Sleep' puts Wellington back on sci-fi map
- ↑ Newtons Sleep Ebook and Other News
- ↑ Random Static sez: new FP in 2010
- ↑ Faction Paradox - the shorter version
- ↑ Obverse Books to publish Faction Paradox short stories
- ↑ Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts
- ↑ Faction Paradox 2012
- ↑ Against Nature has Arrived
- ↑ Shard Apocrypha - Brakespeare Initialisation
- ↑ Press Release Faction Paradox 2012
- ↑ Watch this (or some related) space!
- ↑ The Obverse Quarterly Year Two
- ↑ Faction Paradox: Liberating Earth
- ↑ Spinning Jenny
- ↑ Coming very soon - THE BOOK OF THE ENEMY
- ↑ BotW Constructing Themes Question
- ↑ A reprint of the New Adventures novel.
- ↑ Downtime – The Lost Years of Doctor Who
- ↑ Comic Series Creative Team
- ↑ The Faction Paradox Website
- ↑ Do I need to read Henrietta St?
- ↑ Blood Ties
- ↑ Endpiece
- ↑ The Eleven-Day Empire: A Tour of the Capital
- ↑ Crimes Against History
- ↑ When did the War Actually start
- ↑ Scripts
- ↑ Book One Notes
- ↑ Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
- ↑ Love During The Year Of Sandpaper