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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. elvwood
    July 14, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    The world may be a better place because of Faction Paradox, but tomorrow it won't have been!

    Seriously, though, it sounds like this is something I should check out. I love short-form SF based around ideas, I love Alien Bodies, and I admire (and occasionally love) writers playing with the form. It's not that I don't love character-based stories too, but this sort of thing is from a genre whose slow death I have found painful to watch. Will put on my (far too long) list of things to get.


  2. Daibhid C
    July 14, 2014 @ 2:41 am

    I've never liked Faction Paradox much, but I'm intrigued by the Iris Wildthyme crossover…


  3. evilsoup
    July 14, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    the book’s major piece, a collection of one hundred hundred-word shorts set in the City of the Saved, is particularly tough to get into for people unfamiliar with the ideas in question.

    Tough? Maaybe, but A Romance in Twelve Parts was the second Faction Paradox thing I read, after Newtons Sleep, and I found A Hundred Words from a Civil War… not quite easy to follow, but not particularly more difficult than anything else in the collection. It's confusing, but in an interesting way rather than a frustrating way (which could sum up Faction Paradox as a whole, come to think of it).

    I'm surprised that you didn't mention the story about how awesome Alan Moore (oh, sorry, 'Jim Sheldrake') is, though, considering your other interests.


  4. Jesse
    July 14, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    John Gault (the u is clearly just to avoid copyright infringement)

    Maybe not.


  5. Galadriel
    July 14, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    I actually read this one after it came up during a series on the SJA. I don't remember specifics, but was fairly interesting.


  6. Andrew Hickey
    July 14, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    Just a couple of points. Firstly, with regards to sales, as I understand it the vast majority of Obverse's sales come from their own website rather than from Amazon, so while I don't think this is selling in bestseller numbers, it probably does rather better than the one copy a month the Amazon numbers would suggest.
    As for "the most obscure and minor body of work to extend out of the cultural behemoth that is Doctor Who", someone clearly hasn't come across the Periodical Adventures of Senor 105 😉
    (And Senor 105 is, like Faction Paradox itself, far more interesting to me at least than post-2005 Doctor Who is…)


  7. Jarl
    July 15, 2014 @ 2:23 am

    I've always thought that a Doctor Who villain named "Grandfather Paradox" is such a self evidently awesome idea that I'm amazed he wasn't introduced by Whitaker in a season 2 episode.

    Frankly, I think that's part of why the BBC Books went in the direction they did, a combination of the Doctor's accumulated titles (Professor, Advisor, Grandfather) and the same narrative gravity behind the Other: If there's an important and shadowy male figure out there, it's probably the Doctor. It's probably only because the man came out that the Doctor wasn't revealed as Deep Throat in The Impossible Astronaut.


  8. Simon (formerly Johnny Sorrow)
    August 17, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    City of the Saved sounds a bit like Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld; a planet populated by every human who has ever lived. They're not undying, but they are perpetually resurrected. This seems to indulge in a lot of the same "mix and match" shenanigans with its cast of historical and fictional characters.


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