We do psychochronography here, and so recognize that any significant piece of information has a vast root structure of paths leading up to it and an equally vast structure of implications and consequences, both of which exist in stubborn defiance of any attempt to simply present it. When this information doubles as an event such that the moment of its revelation splits time into discrete “before” and “after” periods, the complexity of these structures only becomes more important. Stripping all of this away to formulate an Announcement, then, is a desperately theatrical and artificial act.
Nevertheless, I’ll frame this simply in terms of site business: the content previously published under the name Philip Sandifer will, going forward, be published under the name Elizabeth Sandifer.
There. Now we exist in a world of implications, which open up and branch outwards instead of leading portentiously towards the singular. For the sake of clarity, first a restatement: I am a transgender woman using female (she/her) pronouns. Now for things that follow from this.
In terms of this site going forward, basically nothing will change. I’ll still be starting TARDIS Erudtorum on Monday, I’m still publishing Volume 7 this year, I’m still getting back to Last War in Albion. That said, obviously this is going to shape and affect my perspective in future writing (and indeed has quietly been shaping it for some time already), including at some obvious points in covering the Capaldi era. Equally, I remain me, my interests and approaches remain mine, and this is not part of some radical revision of my basic worldview. I imagine I’ll do some very openly trans writing at some point—I’ve got the start of a storming epic in a Google Doc—but it’s not imminent, at least not here. (Twitter, on the other hand…)
In terms of books, this is the motivation behind the occasionally teased “all Eruditorum Press books are going out of print” thing: everything’s getting republished as Elizabeth. Neoreaction a Basilisk is ready to go and will be a seamless transition with no gap in availability over the next week or two. Once that’s out, I’ll be pulling everything else from sale while James works on updating the covers and I tinker the interiors. New editions will be rolled out one by one over the next few months, but if there’s anything you’re going to want, I recommend grabbing it now.
Most of the interior changes are being slated at “nice enough to reward the handful of people I know are going to rebuy them, but nothing so essential that anyone feels like they have to rebuy them.” TARDIS Eruditorum books will get a short and minor essay on a Big Finish thing or something similar. Recursive Occlusion will get something small somewhere in it. A Golden Thread will get a somewhat sizeable update that gets it caught up to the movie, while Last War in Albion may get essentially nothing—still deciding there. Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons will be going out of print for good. If you want that book, buy it now. You literally only have a few days. (The title essay will be in the new Neoreaction a Basilisk.)
The new Twitter handle is ElSandifer. You can head over there if you want to see photos.
The Patreon is url has also changed—if you want to get in on helping support this site, it’s at http://www.patreon.com/elizabethsandifer now.
In terms of diminutives of Elizabeth, local friends have been going with El, which I’m perfectly happy with. I have a distinct aversion to “Liz.” The full “Elizabeth” is also quite nice.
Past that, I don’t think there’s much else to cover here. Thank you for your support thus far and going forward. It’s nice having a community of readers where I’m basically not worried about doing this. This process isn’t easy for a lot of people, but I’ve been stupidly and preposterously blessed with the support I’ve had so far, and really see nothing that makes me think that’s going to change. Comments are open if you have any questions, and I’ll see you all on Monday for some actual new TARDIS Eruditorum omfg.