|Cover artist||Emma Weakley|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Publication date||12 January 2008|
|Media type||Print (Trade Paperback)|
|Preceded by||Erasing Sherlock|
|Followed by||Against Nature|
It is the only Faction Paradox novel to be published by Random Static. Although taking place in a shared universe, it is a stand-alone work that does not require any prior knowledge of Faction Paradox. The events of Newtons Sleep occur on Earth in the 17th century. One of the central characters of the book is the historical playwright and spy Aphra Behn.
"Now I a fourfold vision see And a fourfold vision is given to me Tis fourfold in my supreme delight And three fold in soft Beulahs night And twofold Always. May God us keep From Single vision & Newtons sleep."—Blake, Letter to Thomas Butt, 22 November 1802. Quoted in Geoffrey Keynes (ed.), The Letters of William Blake(1956)
Blake is objecting to the literalism of the Newtonian mindset. He would have us see multiple significances in everything.
On the 16th of January 2009, Random Static released a free e-book edition of Newtons Sleep in pdf format.
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