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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. William Shaw
    December 26, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    I can confirm that this is, on fact, a very good book. Here’s my review: https://williamshawwriter.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/reviewguided-by-the-beauty-of-their-weapons-by-philip-sandifer/
    Hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did.


  2. Camestros Felapton
    December 26, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

    I’m only part way through the book but it was fun to re-read the post-debate podcast transcript again particularly the interjections from Quiz the cat the Marxist Aslan.

    I like the additions to the original Guided By… essay. Using Jackalope Wives as a point of comparison was well done (one of the best stories of 2014) and really highlighted the quality problem that Sad/Rabid Puppies had by way of contrast.

    Umberto Eco’s Ur-Fascism was also a sound addition. It fits so well into the original that I was thrown for a moment and had to check whether it had originally been there.


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      December 27, 2015 @ 6:13 pm

      Thanks. My biggest regret with the original was that I’d been a smidge lazy with my definition of fascism, so the Ur-Fascism change was, I thought, pretty essential. Jackalope Wives was more fortuitous – I knew I kind of wanted to expand the handling of Wright, as I’d been left with little to do but shrug and go “well that was straightforward” on the first pass – and then it won the Alfie and things became obvious.

      My personal favorite added bit is the extended analysis of Beale’s serial mediocrity, however.


  3. Nicholas Caluda
    December 26, 2015 @ 9:06 pm

    Be honest – you chose the release date just so you could make that awful/fantastic pun, didn’t you?


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      December 27, 2015 @ 1:33 am

      I actually literally edited the pun into the already queued post at 3am when I thought of it.


  4. redheadedfemme
    December 26, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

    Thank you for this, Phil. I had slotted the original essay as a nomination for Best Related Work, but now I will gladly change that to the entire book. I especially appreciated your pieces on the movie Ex Machina and Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem. (I didn’t like that book as much as you did, but after reading your impressions of The Dark Forest I may have to give it a try.)


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      December 27, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

      I was fairly neutral on Three-Body Problem on its own; I enjoyed it and it rolled along, but the end left me somewhat unsatisfied. Dark Forest, on the other hand, was absolutely delightful and is easily my frontrunner for Best Novel.


  5. Eric Gimlin
    December 27, 2015 @ 5:11 am

    Dumb question for the day: Can anybody correctly point me to where I register for Worldcon for 2016? I think I found the right page, but my brain is going into slight paranoia mode based on how much clicking through I had to do to get there.

    Thanks in advance.


  6. Lovecraft In Brooklyn
    December 27, 2015 @ 8:09 am

    A Christmas present to myself! Can’t wait to read this.


  7. Kate
    December 27, 2015 @ 11:19 pm

    I have only just realised that Eruditorum Press’ logo is a scroll and not a lizard.


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