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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.

22 Comments

  1. goatie
    April 30, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    I check the ratings and reviews at http://www.thetimescales.com/ to sort out which Big Finish audios I want to get.

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  2. inkdestroyedmybrush
    April 30, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    just a quick note, I just upped my kickstarter from $15 to $30 to be included on the Logopolis book, but there really isn't a check box for that upgrade. perhaps you might wish to add one?

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  3. Elizabeth Sandifer
    April 30, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

    Wait, there are upgrade checkboxes? Have I been doing this wrong? I thought I just sorted it out myself when I went through who pledged what at the end.

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  4. Eric Gimlin
    April 30, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Ah. I was going to ask a similar question, I had bounced my pledge by 15 for the Logopolis book as well, but wasn't sure how you would tell that from, say, the e-book starter pack (which I don't need, since I have the e-books already).

    On the latest stretch goal: You already have everything I can earmark for the project pledged at this point. But I'll be early in line to buy the book if/when it exists. Just don't forget with all these awesome stretch goals to allow for your profit, as well!

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  5. 5tephe
    April 30, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    I don't know if you can add extra check-boxes, but that would be helpful. I too put myself in for the Logopolis book, if only to get the accompanying explanatory essay.

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  6. 5tephe
    April 30, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    On another note, can I suggest an additional page to this website, Phil? A glossary.

    You tend to use some interesting words (I'm the guy with the nursing degree, remember) and even tend to invent some of your own at times. As you are trying to make the Rose post get out there and capture new audience, the FIRST word to put on the Glossary would be
    EMBOIT (ED/MENT): A term from the French, it essentially means "putting inside a box." Most often spelled "emboitement," it refers specifically to a discredited belief in biology that a given organism contains within it the seeds of all future life, supposing a sort of infinitely fractal geometry of life itself.
    (First used on the blog here: http://www.philipsandifer.com/2012/02/recursive-occlusion-logopolis.html)

    So that people can catch up on the language we longer term readers are used to around here. Other suggested terms:

    BATHOS
    REITHIAN
    QLIPPOTHIC

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  7. matt bracher
    April 30, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    Or, since we're 42 years of material now, a TABLE of CONTENTS.

    When I want to find a particular post, I use a Google site search. Which I'm well able to do, but I probably miss out on some of the neat interstitial stuff since I'm only looking for specific episodes or novels as they strike my fancy. I suppose that's why I buy the books, but still would be useful. More importantly…

    The blog would be far more friendly — important with the anticipated new clientele! — with a table of contents.

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  8. Froborr
    April 30, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    Glarg, I've been wanting to donate to this for days because I WANT LOGOPOLIS BOOK LIKE CRAZY… so of course this is the time my paycheck is 10 days late and counting…

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  9. Elizabeth Sandifer
    April 30, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    I will think about it, though I admit to a fondness for the basic structure of expecting people to look things they don't understand up. Or, equally validly, to not worry about it and read on. As I've said, if it looks like it makes sense, that's basically the same thing as actually making sense.

    Put another way, yes, the Rose post is intended in part to capture a new audience, but I'd hate to mislead that audience as to the nature of the blog. I mean, if I was going for accessibility, I probably should have thought better of it somewhere before word 13,000. 🙂

    As for a table of contents, I'm not sure I understand. The posts are linearly organized in the archive. A ToC would amount to the exact same list as the archive, only without collapsibility. I mean, I've contemplated going through and implementing post tagging.

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  10. ferret
    April 30, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    The problem with the Archive (which also affects the Kindle version's pull-down table of contents) – is that if you're looking for "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" entry by name, you'll miss it because all you can see is:

    "They Always Survive, While I Lose Everything: The …"

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  11. Anton B
    April 30, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Table of contents by episode title – Yes. I often find it difficult to locate a specific post for the reasons ferret details above.

    May I also suggest, as you often make reference to them in regard to contemporary events etc. clarifying posts by categorising them also by Doctor/Era. eg. Fourth Doctor/Hinchcliffe Era, Fifth Doctor/JNT Era etc. A lot of the new readers which I hope you attract may not be familiar with the way these eras unfold chronologically

    Glossary – No need. There are online dictionaries and/or google/Wiki.

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  12. Andrew Hickey
    April 30, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    Recommendations for Big Finish stories you haven't covered:
    Anything by Nev Fountain — The Kingmaker, Omega, and especially the Companion Chronicle Peri And The Piscon Paradox, which is the single best thing Big Finish have ever done, and which any assessment of the Colin Baker years needs in order to be complete.
    The Game
    Anything by Paul Magrs
    Bernice Summerfield Series 9 (which contains Lawrence Miles' most recent piece of professional writing — essentially a story about sky-Silurians — as well as a lovely Holmes pastiche which is a sly crossover with both the NAs and the Faction Paradox-verse).
    Anything by Jac Rayner, possibly the most underrated writer in the history of Doctor Who

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  13. goatie
    May 1, 2013 @ 2:38 am

    Kickstarter doesn't collect money until the campaign ends. You don't need money now, but you'll need it later.

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  14. encyclops
    May 1, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Caveat emptor on the Magrs recommendation. I bought and listened to "The Stones of Venice" after reading its entry and found it a lot less interesting than it had sounded. I'd also bought "The Horror of Glam Rock" without having noticed it was Magrs, and found it pretty dull as well. I bought The Scarlet Empress before I heard these, and now I'm worried that when I get around to reading it I'll be just as let down.

    I might be in a tiny minority of people who think Magrs sounds fabulous AND discover his reputation exceeds him, though. I would just recommend that people maybe not splash out on all his Big Finishes today, but just try one first.

    Lisa Bowerman, on the other hand, might be the Big Finish analogue of Matt Smith — she can make anything listenable. I'll gladly take your Benny recommendation; I even managed to enjoy Oh No, It Isn't! with her voice bringing it to life.

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  15. Kit
    May 1, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Agree with this, especially the second paragraph.

    A basic, painfully pedantic, question about the Logopolis book: from the video on the Kickstarter, it looks like the existing volumes have non-period high-gloss covers. I presume this is a function of the POD service, and not the sort of thing you have any control over; since the Logopolis book is effectively being pre-ordered (and a different trim size), is there going to be the option for you to have it conventionally printed and with a less-glossy stock, to recall with more synaesthetic nostalgia the experience of a classic Choose Your Own Adventure?

    (The Colin-era Make Your Own Adventure books had glossier coating IIRC; however their design was so inelegant that I wouldn’t assume you’d want to ape that over CYOA…)

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  16. Elizabeth Sandifer
    May 1, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    Createspace, the POD service I use, doesn't give any options in that direction. I will look into putting it out through a couple of other PoD services to see if I can find one that can better replicate the paperstock.

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  17. matt bracher
    May 2, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Agreed with ferret — one of the reasons I use the Google site search.

    The titles are great, but associating them with the episode can be difficult.

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  18. elvwood
    May 2, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    I've just done the same (though $20 in my case, being in Britain) – I won my ESA appeal yesterday, so it was sort of in celebration.

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  19. elvwood
    May 2, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    encyclops, you're not the only one who has trouble with Magrs – generally I admire the ideas and don't enjoy the story that much. Sick Building is my next-to-least favourite NSA, saved from being last only by decent prose. He's written a few audios I've rated a little above average (Ringpullworld, Find and Replace, The Zygon Who Fell to Earth), but no real classics.

    It's a bit of a shame since all the cool folks seem to adore him, but there you go – we'll have to look in on that group from the outside. 😉

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  20. elvwood
    May 2, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly with the Nev Fountain recommendation – he and Marc Platt are the only writers to get two audios in my top 20, and Fountain's the more consistent. (Jac Rayner and Rob Shearman both have an entry).

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  21. Kit
    May 2, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    Fingers crossed!

    Now, each copy of the Blake/Three Doctors volume will be hand-painted, right?

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