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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. arcbeatle
    January 23, 2017 @ 11:49 am

    …As always, Jerusalem sounds interesting, and like the kind of thing I’d like to read, but then we hit the rape bit and…

    I had to stop with League of Extraordinary Gentlemen after “1910”. I still haven’t gotten the bad taste out of my mouth. I hadn’t seen that part mentioned before about Jerusalem, then again I’m not sure most of the reviews finished the book before they went to print, but I’m glad I did so I don’t have to get invested in a thousand page tome sigh.

    Though I am disappointed. I had been looking forward to it when I had the time. But… No X_X.


    • John G. Wood
      January 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

      This was my reaction too. For goodness’ sake, Alan!

      Someone recently gave me a stack of Dodgem Logics, and I’ve been slowly working my way through (there’s a page on the Destructor in the first issue). Now I definitely need to take a break.


    • Jack
      January 23, 2017 @ 9:21 pm

      I keep a stack of books at hand in my bedroom to be my next read, since I usually wind down at the end of the day by reading for a bit before bed. I finished reading this post, went to said pile, and removed Jerusalem from the top, where it was next up, and shelved it until I am less angry about Alan Moore writing yet another story with rape in it. Dammit Alan.


  2. bombasticus
    January 23, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

    though for our purposes we might as well call it witchcraft

    In such proximity to Ballard this opens up previously unimagined recombinant angles. Thank you.


  3. Chris
    January 24, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    I’ll be the one person who’s actually read it then. (took me three months)

    I was hoping this series would end up here and what a pleasant surprise. (The backbone of the story being a set of heavenly ‘builders’, and the idea of history as a construction/demolition job, should have made it obvious.) I’ve been really inspired by how strongly the book commits to the idea that even the most mundane, overlooked and bleak bits of life can be “saved” and made into movingly resplendent mythology, as a means of responding to the grief of its inevitable loss. It’s also got much to say about accepting one’s lot in life, though without being so arrogant as to imply it actually knows what ‘the grand design’ is for or that this was the best way it all could have happened (instead suggesting that the design itself is what’s sentient). A subtly life-changing novel.


  4. mr_mond
    January 24, 2017 @ 8:42 am

    “And there are several points where it’s noted that there’s a level above Mansoul on which the pattern repeats, occupied by a singular architect that Moore has been perfectly willing to suggest is him all along, typically via a long and deadpan interview routine in which he discusses the idea of simulationism before noting that the designer would probably incarnate himself in the simulation, and that most portrayals of God are of an older man with a long beard before trailing off pointedly.”

    I confess I don’t know Moore’s work well enough to say whether he’s touched on this idea before (I know he spoke about it in interviews during his work on Jerusalem), but it kind of sounds like him doing the final issues of Morrison’s Animal Man.


    • bombasticus
      January 24, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

      Great eye! He’s been running elaborations on the idea since at least Anything Goes 2, which predates the first issues of Morrison’s Animal Man by 21 months. On the other hand Stan Lee was taking death threats from Dr Doom as far back as 1963 so there’s a tradition to uphold.


  5. atcooper
    January 24, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

    From Hell is the most overt of the bunch, but these ideas have driven most of his recent output. I’ve not read his most recent stuff, and am looking forward to it.


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