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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. Spacestronaut
    December 15, 2018 @ 6:25 pm

    An absolutely marvellous project. I just wish they could have kept it altogether in one book.


    • John G. Wood
      December 16, 2018 @ 10:06 am

      They probably didn’t want to be sued for giving people hernias when they tried to lift it!

      Seriously, though, I’m a huge fan of previous editions, though I can’t afford to fork out for another at the moment. If I get the money I’m probably going to plump for Unhistory first, which covers all the “too weird even for Lance and Lars to take seriously” stories. Adverts, cigarette cards, John & Gillian, that sort of thing.

      My “adjacent to fame” moment: the first time I played the splendid board game Ticket to Ride was with a copy Lance had just given to a friend for Christmas. She and her family then gave me the money to get the 3rd edition of Ahistory. So some of that money cycled back to Mr Parkin…


      • Daniel Tessier
        December 16, 2018 @ 11:07 am

        I’ve picked up the first volume, but volume two will have to wait till I’m a little richer.

        I’d recommend UnHistory though, it’s a very silly little side project and a lot of fun.


        • Allyn Gibson
          December 19, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

          UnHistory is great. The “Old Tom” essay is worth the price of admission.


  2. AuntyJack
    December 16, 2018 @ 11:11 pm

    Good review. Strange that there aren’t Kindle versions of of the earlier volumes when there are for the newer ones. I’d get them all if they were in ebook format.


    • MattMahdi
      December 19, 2018 @ 6:31 am

      I both agree and disagree. The Kindle version of volume 3 will always be more convenient than the huge print version, but the print version will always be more fun and simpler to randomly browse than the electronic.

      So I went with the Patreon for the fourth edition print volumes. And at the same time it would be good to have the choice between the formats.

      (For the more straightforward books, I’ve stopped buying About Time in print and am now only continuing with electronic.)


    • Yonatan
      March 11, 2019 @ 4:19 pm

      They held a panel about the project at GallifreyOne this year and the reason that they don’t want to have kindle copies is that a kindle copy will show up on all of the torrent sites the picosecond that it is released. The publishing costs are enough that they don’t want to have any missing revenue.


      • Elizabeth
        March 11, 2019 @ 5:12 pm

        Yeah, Lars has never been fond of ebooks. He doesn’t even send out PDF review copies.

        Obviously I disagree with his approach. I’m known to leak my own books to piracy sites so they at least have decent and functional copies, sometimes with an altered introduction noting that I hope people will buy if they enjoy. I don’t think it’s as simple as saying that people who pirate would otherwise buy, and I think piracy can lead to sales that wouldn’t otherwise be made.

        But we also have very different business models; I’m obsessive about minimizing my up-front costs on books, so my only risk is ever my own labor. He does traditional print runs and has stock that he needs to successfully clear out. And for a small press in a fandom with an avid online presence that drives piracy, that’s a tough position to be in.


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