A romance in twelve parts
Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts by Stuart DouglasWhats 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 widows secrets and an honest one breaks his beloveds 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
* Dave Hoskin (Short Trips: Transmissions)
* Philip Purser-Hallard (Of the City of the Saved…, Peculiar Lives, Iris Wildthyme & the Celestial Omnibus)
* Stuart Douglas (Miss Wildthyme and Friends Investigate, The Obverse Book of Ghosts)
* Matt Kimpton (Chief Skald of Suffolk)
* Jon Dennis (The Book of the War, Bernice Summerfield: Secret Histories)
* Jay Eales (Factor Fiction)
* Ian Potter (No Tomatoes, Short Trips, Rise and Rise of the Independents)
* Daniel O’Mahony (Falls the Shadow, Newtons Sleep, Cabinet of Light)
* David N Smith (Bernice Summerfield: Collected Works) and Violet Addison (Short Trips – How The Doctor Changed My Life)
* Scott Harrison (Voices From The Past, Dark Fictions Twelve Days)
* James Milton (Short Trips: Transmissions)
* Blair Bidmead (The Panda Book of Horror)
Philip Glass - Music in Twelve Parts (original complete 1988 Virgin recording)
Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts
However, Random Static have only published one novel in the series, the excellent Newtons Sleep. Luckily, another small press, Obverse Books, which specialises in short stories rather than novels, has stepped up, and the result is this, my favourite book so far this year. This universe is dominated by the Great Houses, a race of near-gods who can travel through space and time in their Timeships, but who prefer to simply exist on their Homeworld. However recently the Great Houses have gone to war… to War, in fact, against an Enemy as powerful as them. Nothing is known about the Enemy, except what can be found by reading between the lines, except that they are the Enemy, and that for them to win might well mean not only the Great Houses ceasing to exist, but it might completely rewrite the whole universe — not even just its history, but its fundamental logic. The War covers all of space, all of time, and quite possibly those regions beyond either. The War is in a kind of stalemate, but it has led to the involvement of several minor powers, including the Celestis a race of malevolent conceptual entities , the various posthuman races, and Faction Paradox, a time-travelling voodoo cult who delight in playing both sides off against each other.
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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 Sign In Don't have an account?