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Newtons Sleep

By Daniel O'Mahony

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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…

Though set in and building on the Faction Paradox universe, Newtons Sleep is a completely self-contained story that does not require any familiarity with previous Faction publications.

Daniel’s 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 ShadowThe Man in the Velvet Mask, and Force Majeure.

Read a Prelude to Newtons Sleep online (pdf format), or check out the reviews.

Dimensions 22.9 x 15.3 cm
Authors

Daniel O'Mahony

Publisher

Random Static

Published

Jan 2008

Format

Paperback

Pages

288

ISBN

978-0-473-12498-4