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A tale of love and magic in the Faction universe

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Random Static have launched their first book Newtons Sleep by Daniel O'Mahony. A historical spy thriller with a sci-fi twist, the novel is a tale of love and magic at the dawn of the Age of Reason.…

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Random Static have launched their first book Newtons Sleep by Daniel O'Mahony. A historical spy thriller with a sci-fi twist, the novel is a tale of love and magic at the dawn of the Age of Reason.

It takes place in the Faction Paradox universe, and the editor says acquiring the rights to the Faction Paradox is a coup for New Zealand.

Faction Paradox was created by Lawrence Miles for his acclaimed 1997 Doctor Who novel Alien Bodies, and has since featured in a number of stand-alone novels by various authors, and in an ongoing series of audio plays. Random Static have launched their first book Newtons Sleep by Daniel O'Mahony. A historical spy thriller with a sci-fi twist, the novel is a tale of love and magic at the dawn of the Age of Reason.

It takes place in the Faction Paradox universe, and the editor says acquiring the rights to the Faction Paradox is a coup for New Zealand.

Faction Paradox was created by Lawrence Miles for his acclaimed 1997 Doctor Who novel Alien Bodies, and has since featured in a number of stand-alone novels by various authors, and in an ongoing series of audio plays.Newtons Sleep is set in 17th century England - a time of civil war, religious upheaval, and scientific breakthroughs. A complicated and dangerous era, and even more so when agents from other times and other worlds interfere.

Although Newtons Sleep is in the Faction Paradox universe, it is a completely stand-alone story that does not assume prior knowledge of the Faction.

"It's an ideal shared universe, as it has such a rich background to build on while still giving the writers a huge amount of freedom - they have all of history to play in. Each story stands on its own, much as The Lord of the Rings can be read with no knowledge of The Silmarillion, which serves as its foundation," said editor Kelly Buchanan.

The Faction universe has developed an avid cult following independent from its Whovian origins, thanks to its combination of brilliant imagination and first class writing.

Random Static are particularly delighted to have an author of Daniel O'Mahony's calibre to relaunch the Faction Paradox novel range.

O'Mahony's previous work has been described as "sumptuously written, with every sentence like a piece of music", "one of the greatest examples of modern fiction I've read", and "a book that you'll probably enjoy more and more with every reading". Full reviews are available at Gallifrey. His professional writing credits include several novels, short stories, and audio dramas.

Mr O'Mahony will be attending the book launch on Saturday January 12 via video linkup, and works by local cover artist Emma Weakley will be displayed.

When: Book launch on January 12 at 1pm
Where: Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street
Buy: Purchase online at Random Static or write to PO Box 10104, Wellington 6143.

10/01/08

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The Big Idea Editor

11 Jan 2008

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