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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. Douglas Muir
    August 2, 2021 @ 5:43 pm

    …I think I’ve already recommended Infinity Train to you? Animated TV cartoon, formally for children but actually pretty complex, and goes to some very deep and dark places?

    So in Season One, there’s a Mirror Car, where your reflection can be incarnated as a living counterpart to you. Protagonist Tulip’s reflection turns out to be hostile; she traps the protagonist in the mirror world, then makes a break for freedom. All predictable enough. But then…

    1) Tulip and the reflection work out a solution that lets them both stay in the “Real” world; but,

    2) the reflection has a very different personality from the original Tulip, and immediately takes off on her own; and,

    3) the /entire second season/ of the show is about the reflection — “Mirror-Tulip” — and her quest for life, freedom and self-actualization; because

    4) throughout the second season, Mirror -Tulip is pursued by the “Mirror Police”, who are extremely Morrisonian and whose purpose is to “fix” her; and,

    5) oh yes, Mirror-Tulip is a trans boy. I mean SUCH a trans boy. It’s about as obvious as they could get away without actually coming out and saying so. Like, the first two minutes of the first episode of her season are about them cutting their hair very short and changing from Tulip’s shirt-skirt-sensible shoes outfit to jeans, boots and a torn black t-shirt.

    so basically all of Season Two is about a stubborn, difficult trans person fleeing from the forces that want to fix the mistake that they are, and be free.

    (and here’s how good this show was: it salted a bunch of very subtle clues that original protagonist Tulip might be queer or trans, but that this side of her was suppressed — making Mirror-Tulip pretty much the Jungian shadow made shiny chrome flesh.)

    (oh and while the phrase “deadnaming” is never used, Mirror-Tulip hates being called Tulip, and it’s a major event when they finally do choose their own name.)

    It’s so good, and it’s not that long — the eps are short, so you can watch an entire season in a couple of hours.

    Anyway! Pray carry on.

    Doug M.


    • Christopher Brown
      October 21, 2021 @ 5:28 pm

      Late but I second, third, and fourth the Infinity Train recommendation. It’s one of those pieces of media that genuinely raises the bar for the medium it appears in.


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