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Interviews: WOR Signing Report - Kurkistan

Summary:

Entries

7

Date

Mar 21st, 2014

Type

Verbatim

Location

Collegeville, PA

TourCon

Words of Radiance Book Tour

Bookstore

Towne Book Center & Café

Reporter

Kurkistan

Links

17th Shard

  • 1

    Kurkistan

    Just got back from the signing. It was a ton of fun, met a bunch of Sharders and it's really cool to see Brandon speak in person and to actually talk to him. He really is an awesome guy. :D

    Anyway, you guys don't want all this mushy stuff: Let's get to the questions! ;)

    Footnote

    Kurkistan's first question was part of a longer conversation here.
  • 2

    Kurkistan

    Are the laws of physics in the cosmere Spiritually based?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They... The laws of physics in the cosmere are ours except where they have been changed by Spiritual influence. So I guess you could say "yes."

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  • 3

    Kurkistan

    What would happen if you shot a Thug with an aluminum bullet or stabbed him with an aluminum knife?—[Note: Brandon initially misunderstands the question, as you shall see.]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, that's a good question. And, um.. the wound would not be able to heal around the aluminum, but once the aluminum came out, and was gone from the system, they would be okay.

    Kurkistan

    Wait, is that a Bloodmaker, not a Thug?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, you're talking about Thu— Oh, okay. Yeah, ummm... It would work similarly, but it really wouldn't really have a huge effect on them.

    Kurkistan

    Ah, okay. 'Cause Peter was implying that there was some weird aluminum interaction with Thugs.

    Brandon Sanderson

    What was he thinking of... There is some weird interaction but—

    Kurkistan

    < rudely interrrupts > In the wedding scene [in Alloy of Law] Wax thinks that they would have aluminum bullets to deal with Thugs and I was like "oh that's a typo" and Peter was like "oh no it's not..."

    Brandon Sanderson

    No no... That would just be—it's like I said: healing it until the bullet is gone. It's just the same as the Bloodmaker.

    Kurkistan

    < Various pleasantries from me apologizing for all the confusion >

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  • 4

    Kurkistan

    If I get a Slider, a Pulser, and a Nicroburst in a rocket with a lot of metal, do I have FTL?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hehehehe. You're getting closer but you haven't figured it out yet.

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  • 5

    Kurkistan

    Are flamespren, are they all doing their own thing, or is there some Ideal of "Fire" sitting in the Spiritual Realm that they're all based on?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Each spren is based on the Ideal of Fire.

    Kurkistan

    And is that sitting in the Spiritual Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, we're using sort of a Platonic Ideal, and that concept is in force, so < sounds hesitant > "yes", but [spren] are manifestations of it.

    Kurkistan

    So these Ideals in the Spiritual Realm: Divine Breath, does that heal by accessing some Ideal of Human Health: so a guy who had never had a tongue and doesn't know how to speak all the sudden has a tongue and can speak? [Note: Talking of Susebron here]

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are... < LONG pause > You are, um, on the right track.

    Kurkistan

    Okay...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because the Breath is... eh. How can I explain this? You are, yeah... So... So each Breath is a shade of deity, right?

    Kurkistan

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And each Breath incorporates into it this sort of idea of being endowed by the deity Endowment, correct?

    Kurkistan

    Yes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And so each Breath you hold brings you one step closer to becoming like that, and so what you're saying is... is "yes", kind of true, yes.

    Kurkistan

    But it's like within the Breath, not sitting off by itself—

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, yes yes exactly.

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  • 6

    Kurkistan

    Last question: If Wayne was inside of a speed bubble and punches somebody who's standing outside it, what's happening with his fist and them: are they like sucked into the bubble, or what?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I have... So exiting a speed bubble, while it's going, has weird ramifications on lots of things. It would be really hard to punch somebody through a speed bubble—

    Kurkistan

    So would the surface like distend around his fist——< Illustrates with fist "stretching out" invisible film >

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's going to steal your momentum, but if you actually managed to do it, then—yes. Anything in the speed bubble that's touching through is counted as being as part of the speed bubble.

    Kurkistan

    Okay, so the bubble would end here < Draws invisible surface in the air > and his fist would be out there < Illustrates by "punching" arm through the fake surface, demonstrating the fist extending past the bubble while he arm is within >, but still fast?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Kurkistan

    Oh okay, thank you.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's how I would imagine it so far.

    Kurkistan

    But the bubble does end at [the same place still, with the fist extending out past its boundary].

    Brandon Sanderson

    The bubble does end, yes.

    Kurkistan

    < Makes pleasantries and goes to leave, foolishly putting phone in pocket and so obscuring audio a bit >
    —[EDIT: Cleaned up last question based on better recording. Thanks :) ]

    Brandon Sanderson

    And when you're punching through, it's going to—your momentum is gonna'—you're going to lose momentum and get a ricochet, because you're lurching from—< notices Kurkistan (very foolishly) acting like he's about to leave > anyway... I'll let you figure that one out on your own.

  • 7

    Kurkistan

    Note: I did have a few more pleasantries in there, but cut them out for clarity's sake. ;)

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    So that's that. There were some cool questions other Sharders asked, but I'll let them speak for themselves. :)