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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. Howard David Ingham
    September 14, 2015 @ 6:19 am

    I love your thoughts on betrayal.

    Anecdote: My son, a few Christmases ago, asked for the Doctor Who Wii game. Suffice to say there was a double betrayal.

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  2. storiteller
    September 14, 2015 @ 7:56 am

    A lot of lovely poetic prose in this entry. It makes it a bit difficult to read (especially the bit about Nemesis), but it ties into the themes well.

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  3. Sean Dillon
    September 14, 2015 @ 9:26 am

    I'm not the least bit surprised that the game is crap. I mean, the fucking rainbow is right there on the box.

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  4. SpaceSquid
    September 15, 2015 @ 4:55 am

    Thank you for finding an angle that at last makes Arcade remotely interesting.

    Regarding your comments on the true fear of mutants stemming from their future state impinging on the present, it’s worth noting that this was the tack Lee took with them from day one, decades before Claremont started playing with the race angle. The phrase “homo superior” appears in the very first issue, and in many others scripted by Lee, and it’s only by issue #5 that we see the first anti-mutant mob form, as a track-meet crowd responds to Toad. Not because he’s different, but because he supplants the putative “baseline” favourites in every single event.

    By issue #14 (the first appearance of the Sentinels) newspapers are running hilariously overblown stories about how mutants threaten to take over the world, alongside a wonderfully insane “artist’s interpretation” of the near future which posits not only that humanity will be enslaved, but that the world of fashion will be destroyed forever:

    http://tinyurl.com/pnr54xt

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a black fur-lined pixie boot stamping on a human face – forever”. Of course, my fellow Britons and those overseas who keep up with our spiralling crises can be forgiven for wondering how long it will take for this story to be re-run with Jeremy Corbyn wearing the Miniskirt of Oppression.

    (Just as a further parenthetical point, I’d note that the fear of replacement does itself play into a racism metaphor, as evidenced by the number of Republican politicians performing spit-take after spit-take as white people find their majority status beginning to crumble. I’m not suggesting you missed that, but I thought it might be worth pointing to in comments.)

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