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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. Harry Thornton
    February 25, 2023 @ 10:35 pm

    I can’t help but wonder if Grant Morrison today would make the same kinda argument about Superman’s copyright – it hasn’t even been that long since Supergods was released, but it absolutely reads (as Alan Moore points out) like a weak metaphysical, postmodern justification for creators getting cheated out of their rights. I’m not surprised it didn’t change Moore’s perception of Morrison as just a “corporate-friendly version of myself”.

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  2. Daibhid C
    March 3, 2023 @ 11:17 am

    The “archetypes that hover in the ether” idea is one that I see quite often in, of all places, the pop-culture-themed areas of AlternateHistory.com. Not so much from the actual timeline writers, but from enthusiastic commentators who suggest “Hey, if Batman: The Animated Series doesn’t exist, maybe Harley Quinn makes her debut in the movies?” prompting others to explain that without the very specific combination of a Batman project, Paul Dini, and Arleen Sorkin, Harley Quinn simply doesn’t make her debut anywhere.

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    • Harry Thornton
      March 4, 2023 @ 1:29 am

      I felt that when I read this one Beatles “what if they didn’t break up” alternate history story, Once There Was A Way. A lot of it is devoted to exploring unused/unmade ideas (i.e. the White Album was first called “A Doll’s House”, Abbey Road was first called “Everest”, them starring in a Lord of the Rings film directed by Stanley Kubrick) and I got this sense that the author didn’t think through if these ideas would’ve actually plausibly happened instead in this alternate timeline, he just wanted to showcase a specific kind of Beatles trivia in this fictional context. That’s fine and all, it just seemed less interesting than trying to figure out what could’ve actually taken place.

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