Faction Paradox: A Romance in 12 Parts



Storyteller by Matt Kimpton
Gramps by Jonathan Dennis
Mightier than the Sword by Jay Eales
Now or Thereabouts by Blair Bidmead
Nothing Lasts Forever by David N Smith and Violet Harrison
Library Pictures by Stuart Douglas
Holding Pattern by Scott Harrison
The Story of the Peace by Ian Potter
Print the Legend by Daniel O’Mahony
Tonton Macoute by Dave Hoskin
Alchemy by James Milton
A Hundred Words from a Civil War by Philip Purser-Hallard

  • Pages: 236
  • Cover Art: Lawrence Burton
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‘What’s that? Did I hear you ask what romance has to do with anything, little Cousin? You do surprise me. Why Romance is Story itself, nothing less than that. Romance is the tale with which a cunning man winkles out a widow’s secrets and an
honest one breaks his beloved’s heart. Romance locks us away and sets us free, brings us great pleasure and also great pain, is the thread which binds all other stories together. Dear me, little Cousin, I expected better of you…’
— Godfather Valentine, Dresden, 1928

“Simple in vision, incredibly broad in scope, A Romance in Twelve Parts is quite simply the most accomplished Who-related books I have read in years.” – Peter McAlpine, Enlightenment magazine, May 2012

“The most extraordinary anthology of short fiction in any genre I can remember reading in the last few years” – Richard Wright, author of Thy Fearful Symmetry.

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  1. Daniel Tessier

    Faction Paradox has had, rather aptly, a long and tortuous history. Beginning as a mention in Lawrence Miles’s New Adventures novel “Christmas on a Rational Planet”, the Faction developed into a fully-fledged adversarial organisation in the BBC’s eighth Doctor novels, before Miles ripped them free of the Whoniverse and took them into worlds their own. Having fuelled novels from Mad Norwegian Press and Random Static, audio series by both BBV Productions and Magic Bullet, and a lamentably short-lived comic series by Image, the Faction are now in the hands of Obverse Books.

    “A Romance in Twelve Parts” is, in Obverse tradition, an anthology of short fiction, set within the vast universe that is the Spiral Politic. The universe is in the thrall of a War between the Great Houses (read: the Time Lords, only far more impressive than they’ve ever been in Doctor Who or Gallifrey) and the Enemy (read: whomever you like, frankly). While these two sides battle over the right to construct history according to their essential needs, the Faction skulk on the sidelines, causing as much trouble as they can. They don’t care too much who wins the War, as long as there’s some kind of history left to pervert afterwards.

    What’s so appealing about this shared universe is that it requires little to no knowledge of any other Faction Paradox materials to enjoy any one release set in it; the individual stories are linked, and often tenuously, only by the universe in which they occur (those that do occur – many stories tell of things that never actually took place, retroactively speaking). Indeed, the Faction don’t even appear in every story of the anthology, though their insidious presence is felt throughout. More overt a theme is, once again in Obverse tradition, the power of story and narrative. History is our ongoing story, after all, and we are writing it all the time. Fear those who choose to go back and rewrite the details.

    “A Romance” is edited by Obverse supremo Stuart Douglas and Faction creator Lawrence Miles, although Miles doesn’t actually provide a story himself. The quality of the content is so high that I find it difficult to pick standout stories.

    A Romance in Twelve Parts is undoubtedly the strongest publication by Obverse Books to date. Its twelve stories are astonishingly different in content and style yet match in flavour. Offering glimpses of a vast and bewildering universe, this anthology promises that there’s still a great many more stories to be told. The Faction are in perfectly unsafe hands.

    (Full review at: http://www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk/Faction%20Paradox.htm)

  2. Peter McAlpine

    “Simple in vision, incredibly broad in scope, A Romance in Twelve Parts is quite simply the most accomplished Who-related books I have read in years.” – Enlightenment Magazine

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