Faction Paradox: Newtons Sleep

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Don't tell her what it was like. Don't tell her how you had to dig your way out through heavy layers of clay to reach the fresh air, because that would distress her. Don't tell her about the box, because that would confuse her.

And don't tell her about the light, because that was sacred.

Lately cannonballs have flown their arcs, leaving the crystal sky unbroken, while on Earth their traces are all too visible. Yet though Heaven has never seemed so far away, the divine is terribly closer. War on Earth presages War in Heaven; the struggle between the holy houses of Christ and their eternal Adversary has erupted among the living.

These are the signs of the last days: in 1651, a dead angel is found in a tree in Lincolnshire and a nymph rises from the waters of Kent; in 1642, a dying man is miraculously healed in the grave; in 1665, uncanny skull-masked doctors descend upon a plague house; in 1683, the French secret service unveil mirrors that show the futures; in 1671, Aphra Behn - she-spy and poetesse - infiltrates a gathering of alchemists; in 1649, the English kill their king, and history begins...

Newtons Sleep is a stand-alone science fiction novel set in the universe of Faction Paradox.

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Daniel O'Mahony is a half-British half-Irish author, who has been writing professionally since 1994. His other works include the critically acclaimed novella The Cabinet of Light, contributions to Faction Paradox: the Book of the War, and the novels Falls the Shadow, The Man in the Velvet Mask, and Force Majeure. He has also written audio plays for Magic Bullet and Big Finish.

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Fascinating bit of geek-lore: in the years when no new Doctor Who episodes were being made, Doctor Who novels were free to become rich and strange, and eventually they gave rise to something richer and stranger. The Faction Paradox novels, about warring sects of time travellers, now have no links to parent series Doctor Who at all. The series was wound-up last year, and New Zealand publisher Random Static decided this was a shame, and acquired the rights. This is their first stand-alone addition to the series. It's so overwritten as to be oddly beautiful, and the story about the erruption of the time-traveller's war into 17th century Britain is complex and involving. - David Larsen --the New Zealand Herald: Canvas

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