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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.

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  1. jane
    March 7, 2014 @ 4:04 am

    Time is an abstract conceptualization of Change, dependent primarily on metaphors extended from our experience of moving through Space, and secondarily on our experience utilizing significant but finite resources.

    There is no time. It is not an arrow. It is not a flat circle. There is only change.

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  2. Adam Riggio
    March 7, 2014 @ 4:28 am

    The unreality of time was also a central concept in the British Idealist philosophy that dominated the humanities programs in Oxford and Cambridge. John MacTaggart's 1908 paper arguing for the incoherence of the concept of temporality and change actually made something of a popular splash at the time for its snarky tone and provocative subject matter. The image of block time that Einstein's relativity popularized only helped spread this initially very strange idea. By the time Ballard and Moore picked it up, it's become a fairly common trope of science fiction and the philosophy of science.

    I find its power lies in how uncomfortable its moral implications can make people, combined with the beauty of its vision of the universe.

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  3. encyclops
    March 7, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    Insert True Detective reference here.

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  4. Matthew Blanchette
    March 8, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    I can only assume that your entry on "The Crimson Horror" will be one big Blakean mishnah, considering which song we get in a certain scene…

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  5. Iain Coleman
    March 8, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    Our subjective perception of time and the nature of change is a consequence of the thermodynamic arrow of time. I wrote about this at some length in the Relative Dimension entry on The Space Museum.

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  6. Alex Wilcock
    March 11, 2014 @ 5:04 am

    To be fair to "The Startling Success of Sideways Scuttleton", I always enjoyed the very British juxtaposition of a '50s cliché spiv with alternate timeline-hopping, and that he's not stopped by The Dimension Police or Fate or anything terribly serious but by putting his back out. And the thing that's never been made clear in any of the reprints, but why it stuck in my head from reading it at the time in Prog 327 was the topical punchline: by definition, it's never so effective re-read years later, but it was first published the week the £1 coin was launched, so readers should have anticipated the twist plastered all over the country but didn't (well, I didn't, anyway).

    To be less fair to "The Hyperhistoric Headbang!", the artwork is stylish and the stylus is a cool / horrid idea, but it's mostly just another of Moore's nicking a joke from Douglas Adams.

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  7. Alex Wilcock
    March 11, 2014 @ 5:05 am

    Oh, and "Arthur Seck" still makes me laugh.

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  9. Daru
    February 17, 2015 @ 5:47 am

    Chapter 5 has been wonderful Phil – thanks for providing a time travel journey through my childhood with the Future Shocks.

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