The Book of the War

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The Book of the War
Author Lawrence Miles et al.
Cover artist Steve Johnson
Country United States
Language English
Series Faction Paradox
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Mad Norwegian Press
Publication date
2002
Media type Print (Trade Paperback and Hardback editions)
Pages 272 pp
ISBN ISBN 1-57032-905-2 (pb) / ISBN 1-57032-907-9 (hb)
OCLC 67992508
Followed by This Town Will Never Let Us Go

The Book of the War is a hypertext multi-author novel presented in the form of an encyclopedia of the first 50 years of the War in the Faction Paradox universe based on the Doctor Who universe. The book was edited by Lawrence Miles, and written by Miles, Simon Bucher-Jones, Daniel O'Mahony, Ian McIntire, Mags L. Halliday, Helen Fayle, Philip Purser-Hallard, Kelly Hale, Jonathan Dennis, and Mark Clapham.[1]

Content[edit]

Although various plot threads can be found in the book, its real value lies in the wealth of ideas on display. It's primarily a guide to many of the important factions involved in the War in Heaven. These include Faction Paradox itself, the Great Houses, the Celestis, the Remote, and Posthumanity. A number of hints about the mysterious Enemy against whom the Great Houses at fighting are scattered through the text, but nothing conclusive. The book details many individuals, events, technologies, and concepts related to the War.

The book makes references to the Doctor Who novels Alien Bodies, Interference, The Taking of Planet 5, and The Shadows of Avalon, and it features the characters Compassion and Chris Cwej who first appeared in Doctor Who novels. A number of other parallels with Doctor Who characters and concepts can be found, but these links are not explicit. No familiarity with Doctor Who is required to appreciate The Book of the War.

Characters and settings from The Book of the War appear in the later Faction Paradox novels Of the City of the Saved..., Warring States and Newtons Sleep, and the short story anthology A Romance in Twelve Parts.

See also[edit]

The otherwise unrelated novel Dictionary of the Khazars is a rare example of similar use of a non-linear encyclopedic structure for a work of fiction.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ISFDB Entry for The Book of the War

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