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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. Ombund
    March 3, 2015 @ 1:02 am

    It looks fantastic, can't wait to read it. Well done to James on creating such an amazing cover as always.

    Has anyone in the UK bought from Createspace before? The standard postage gives an estimate of 49 days for delivery, which seems…kind of absurd. Any idea how accurate that might be?


  2. Kit Power
    March 3, 2015 @ 2:50 am

    That there is one adorable book cover. Bravo, sir, cannot wait to get my hands on this.


  3. Iain Coleman
    March 3, 2015 @ 4:23 am

    It does seem a bit daft, but it's only a couple of dollars to bring it down to something like a fortnight, which is liveable with. (I suspect this may be the reason for including the ludicrous standard-shipping-via-Ganymede option in the first place.)


  4. Jenda
    March 3, 2015 @ 5:22 am

    Bought! Looking forward to reading it in two months time!


  5. Eric Rosenfield
    March 3, 2015 @ 5:43 am

    Bought one. Gimee gimee.


  6. What Happened To Robbie?
    March 3, 2015 @ 6:58 am

    I loved the original version in Vol 5 (and thanks for making it possible to navigate through on the ebook version) so having an almost entirely new version in addition has made me very happy indeed 🙂 And again amazing work on the cover.


  7. What Happened To Robbie?
    March 3, 2015 @ 7:00 am

    Also, although the estimated delivery date isn't until next month it is the day before my birthday which would be pretty good timing.


  8. encyclops
    March 3, 2015 @ 9:58 am

    Choose Your Own Adventure books (plus their various imitators and cousins, including Which Way?, Interplanetary Spy, and the sublime Sorcery!) and "Logopolis" were two of my very favorite things as a kid. I love that you've combined them for this and I can't wait to get my copy.


  9. Nyq Only
    March 3, 2015 @ 10:58 am

    "The book is about 120 pages"

    Wait, I thought it was about the intersections between occultism and Doctor Who?


  10. Allyn Gibson
    March 3, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    The right fonts are on the cover! (And hopefully inside the book, too.) That's attention to detail. 🙂


  11. Eric Gimlin
    March 3, 2015 @ 7:21 pm

    The book looks beautiful, I can't wait until my copy arrives.

    I did have one very minor question on the cover, though: Since Choose Your Own Adventure was originally an US book series and started in 1979, wouldn't it have a UPC code normally and not require a sticker? I know the UPC was showing up in the US on books in the 70's, and I don't think (based on my limited collection) that it was common on UK books until the late 80's- very early 90's. Or did UK editions of CYOA books have the same basic trade dress, minus the UPC?

    Yes, I'm thinking WAY too hard about this. Sorry. Need to do something to keep busy until my copy gets here.


  12. Bob Dillon
    March 4, 2015 @ 2:22 am

    I can't seem to get the company to accept my address as a valid billing address (it might be the fact that "state" is a required field, despite me living in the UK.

    Is anyone else having this problem?

    Bob Dillon


  13. Adam Riggio
    March 4, 2015 @ 7:59 am

    It should arrive at my place in just under three weeks. Thank you so much again for the Eruditorum, and all the enlightenment and companionship I've found in the community that's grown around it. You should be proud, and I know you are.


  14. Elizabeth Sandifer
    March 4, 2015 @ 8:23 am

    I've not heard anyone else complain about this, but that's not necessarily evidence of anything. I've shipped from Createspace to UK addresses with no problem (the state field, for shipping, is only required for US addresses) but I've never used a UK billing address.

    I'd try just picking a state and seeing if it actually makes the transaction throw up an error, or if your credit card company just ignores data in fields it doesn't care about in the first place.


  15. HarlequiNQB
    March 4, 2015 @ 10:02 am

    Well, if we're going to be pedantic the map isn't really in a period accurate style either, but I went with a more modern look because it's simpler and more readable. 🙂

    I do a bit of research on these things though, and the original books do seem to lack the UPC. Here's an example:

    But the real reason there's a 'sticker', and there is likely to be so until at least the McCoy era, is that the barcode area must be pure white; and the aging I do on the covers means that this is the only place where this is the case, so throwing a sticker on there allows that area to appear newer, when the rest is aged.

    I think from McCoy onward there will be little to know aging (the books would thematically be no more than 12 years or so old after all), and so the barcode will be more integrated into the design – albeit still in the default location it has been so far.


  16. Anglocat
    March 4, 2015 @ 2:34 pm

    Ordered. Looking forward to it, Phil; many congratulations!


  17. Eric Gimlin
    March 4, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    Time travel is involved, the map doesn't have to be period accurate! And I don't want my speculation to suggest that I think the cover is anything less than beautiful; I was just wondering.

    A quick look through some paperbacks in my library suggests that the UPC actually started showing up on paperbacks around 1980, rather later than I would have guessed. (I found several 1979 books without UPC, several 1981 with, and the only book with a 1980 publishing date didn't have one but was dated February.) What threw me was the fact that comic books got the UPC in 1976; I stupidly assumed that paperbacks would have gotten them roughly the same time.

    I apologize for incorrectly raising the issue, my bad.


  18. Daru
    March 4, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

    Really very excited to see this and with such a beautiful cover too! I just have to wait till I'm paid to afford it, but will get it soon I hope.


  19. HarlequiNQB
    March 5, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    Nope, perfectly valid query, keep doing that! It's useful, and keeps me from getting lazy. I'd feel bad if I hadn't checked and it turned out you were right (though it wouldn't change the faux aging issue, at least I'd be making the choice intentionally).

    And it would also be fine if you didn't like the cover (but you do! :D), it would just mean I'd have to try harder next time.


  20. Unknown
    March 8, 2015 @ 6:25 am

    I may be missing something, but there seems to be no path that leads to the node beginning on p. 79. I've marked my trail with breadcrumbs on each pass through the book, and I've chosen every option but never got to p. 79. I assume that's deliberate?


  21. Elizabeth Sandifer
    March 8, 2015 @ 9:54 am


    No, that's an error that slipped past four editing passes. The link that should go to it is on page 17, but points to page 7.

    I'm uploading a corrected version for the future now. Thankfully, if I'm going to completely exclude a node so that you have to cheat to get to it, that one's not a thematically inappropriate one, and 7 is at least the start of a node, so it's all functional. But still an error, for which I profusely apologize.


  22. William Silvia
    March 8, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    We promoted this book during the news portion of the latest episode of An Unearthly Podcast:


  23. Chris
    March 11, 2015 @ 3:06 pm

    My copy arrived today and it is beautiful. Thank you.


  24. Eric Gimlin
    March 14, 2015 @ 8:38 pm

    And my copy showed up today. What an amazing item to hold in ones hand.

    Have only gotten through 3 paths so far; will try to do at least a couple more before I completely lose track and just cut across reading the sections I missed earlier.

    For the record: "(Or was it seventeen?)" left me at a dead stop for nearly a minute in sheer admiration for just how convoluted a reference it was at that point. A thing of geeky beauty.


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