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Interviews: Shadows of Self-San Jose

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Date

Oct 9th, 2015

Location

San Jose, CA

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Shadows of Self-San Jose

  • 1

    Question

    About Stormlight, are you kinda writing a series about the nature of abstraction?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Kinda yeah seeÖ[sounds like the recording was possibly paused] journey before destination.

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    Yeah, that is my favorite so far. I mean I donít know all the orders yet. Because that is...Iím looking forward to the rest of it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is, the nature of abstraction and that sort of stuff is a very big part of it.

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  • 2

    Question

    Flashback characters for Stormlight.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Third book is Dalinar, fourth book is Eshonai, fifth book is Szeth is how it stands right now

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  • 3

    Question

    Movies update?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are taking some time, but are moving along. Right now the farthest along are Steelheart and Emperorís Soul. Screenplays are being written. I donít want to do the screenplays but I will do the treatments.

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  • 4

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    Calamity, it is talked about always being in the sky. Is is over North America or a global thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 5

    Question

    Emperorís Soul sequel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon would like to write more books involving Shai but is hesitant, because The Emperorís Soul turned out so well and he doesnít want to ruin it with a bad sequel.

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  • 6

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    Is it weird having Michael Kramer doing your books as well as the Wheel of Time books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, so weird. The weirdest thing is that he did a signing with me, and then he did the reading, and then all of the voices of these voices come out of his mouth and Iím like Ė you're all of them!

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  • 7

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    Zane: when and how did he get spiked?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Excellent question, that someday I will answer, but not right now. RAFO!

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  • 8

    Question

    How did Marsh survive for so many years?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Compounding Atium. He got a pouch of it that was featured in an earlier scene.

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  • 9

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    If Kelsier had been born on Roshar, would he have become a Knight Radiant and if so, which order?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think thereís a possibility that some of the orders might want him, but it really depends on which period he was born in, and what heís up to, because Kelsier has this dark streak in him and he could go villain very easily, depending on whatís going on with him. Thatís kind of how I view Kelsierís primary attribute, if channeled correctly heís a great force for good, but heís like right on the line.

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  • 10

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    Is it true that if you donít write six pages a day, you implode?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, but if I donít write for a couple of days I feel like I might.

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  • 11

    Question

    The key to the [Oathgates], is that [???]?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís a very good question, you would find out more about that when you see them from the cognitive side.

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  • 12

    Question

    (beta reader) Did Lord Harms ever get off the roof?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, so many beta readers asked me about that that I think I put in a reference somewhere that he did.

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  • 13

    Question

    About Paalmís spike, is it that one specifically that allowed her to hide from Harmony?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was mostly because she was not using a spike made out of any metal that he knew. She could not have done that with any spike. Taking out one helped a bit, but a non-Harmony spikeÖ what youíre seeing there is a weird intentional hack of the magic system that I built in.

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  • 14

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    Was it a deliberate move on your part to make it so that on Scadrial, people who wear aluminum foil hats are actually safe from mind control?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah that was a big inside joke. When I realized it would work, I had to put it in. Iím doing some fun things. The gun thing is another one Iím very fond of.

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  • 15

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    How did you come up with the Lighteyes/Darkeyes thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wanted to have some kind of racism in the books that was removed from the racism we have in our world, so I could talk about it in a more isolated way related to the books. So making it related to eye colour made sense because the Voidbringers have these glowing red eyes, the Heralds have these bright eyes. So the idea that of eye colour being related to your level of nobility Ė which is not true! Ė entered the culture and became the form of racism and prejudice that they use.

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  • 16

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    If you had to pick one character to have dinner with, who would it be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iíd pick Sazed. It would not be Kelsier, cause heís kind of scary, and it would not be Hoid cause he would make fun of me.

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  • 17

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    About the pronunciation of ďSazedĒ.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I say ďSay-ZedĒ, but in-world they donít say that. Kelsier says something close to ďSay-ZedĒ, but Sazed himself says something closer to ďSaahzdĒ, more along the flowing way the Terrans speak, but they speak different languages, but you can say it every way you want.

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  • 18

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    Atium: used as a currency, sounds close to ATM, is that coincidental?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is coincidental. Iíve noticed it but it was not done on purpose. I do do some dopey things, like ďWax and WayneĒ was intentional, but most of things like that...

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  • 19

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    Metalminds: if you store weight, how does that work, do you decrease your mass?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Storing weight actually plays with your mass, because if you look at how we do the physics of itÖ This one is really screwy. Because we are changing mass and playing with itÖ [Wax example] There is conservation of momentum and stuff like that, but how can you store your massÖ Well, in the magic system it works, but itís one of the weirdest things we do. We kind of play loose and free with the physics sometimes. Like the example that I often cite is Wayne doing a speed bubble, I choose to make light from inside not get a redshift. We kind of look at what is good storytelling first, and then work the physics around it.

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  • 20

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    Whatís the relation between spren and Shardplate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím saving that one on purpose, itís a gun on the mantle. You will eventually find out whatís going on there, but not right now. In part because Iím being recorded for online forums who want to know all the answers to all the things that I say to people [whoops!]. [People going through everything Iím saying] is intimidating sometimes, fortunately Iíve got a good team and Peter catches most things.

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  • 21

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    How are beta readers chosen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mostly off 17th Shard and my Facebook page, Peter watches for people making comments and being involved.

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  • 22

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    In Elantris, if people are dead they do not have a pulse right? So does the blood just go straight to their legs?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know I worked out a things about this, in order to make what I was doing work I didnít want to zombify them too much, so I gave them like a blood pump, like a pulse of the heart, very softly, every couple of minutes or something, and remember theyíre being sustained directly by the magic so I was able to fudge some of the stuff. Thereís some other things that would happen, like the gas would cause them to expand and such, I didnít want to do that, I didnít want them to go all the way to zombie and so I made some basic metabolic processes happen, but more magically caused than physically.

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  • 23

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    Sazed is saying that his density also increases when he increases his weight, but Wax says it doesnít; which is it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sazed is making a mistake. His muscular structure changes to accomodate the weight, thatís what he was talking about. Strength and muscle tone and things like that. I might have gotten it wrong in that scene, I donít really remember, but thatís what we decided to do in the end. The weight thing is really tricky.

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  • 24

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    Why does the increase in muscles with weight increase in feruchemy not also happen with allomancy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    With feruchemy, you store your own strength and get it back later. With allomancy, you draw strength from the magic.

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  • 25

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    Why does Talnís Honorblade scream for Dalinar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Check out the descriptions of the swords in book 1 and book 2. The hint is theyíre not the same sword.

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  • 26

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    If we knew more about Jasnahís past, would there be a moment where sheís gifted zircon at some A:

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Chuckles) Um, I think this theory is probably going to lead you to a dead end. important time in her life?

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  • 27

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    In the third Stormlight book, are we going to learn more about the Ghostbloods, and about the organisation Mraize is in?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, and yes.

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  • 28

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    Whatís the favorite question youíve ever received, and what was your answer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Would you like some cookies, and yes (something with chocolate and something else to complement it). Followed closely by would you like some Magic cards, to which the answer is also yes.

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  • 29

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    Is there meant to be a direct connection between the efficiency for transferring Breaths and the stamp magic in Emperorís Soul? Because both work better with things close to what theyíre supposed to be like.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Only in that all magics work on the same fundamental rules. I wasnít specifically linking those two in my head when I wrote them. Itís a fundamental rule in the Cosmere that your perception, what youíre thinking, how much something matches what you doing, and how much youíre able to visualize what you want to have happen, itís all related in the cognitive aspects of the magics. And the spiritual I suppose.

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  • 30

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    Regarding Hemalurgy and its basis in the Pits of Hathsin being Ruinís body, my theory is that Kelsier gained his Mistborn powers from being in the Pits of Hathsin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Itís a good theory. Iím neither going to confirm or deny it. It is possible that you will see it confirmed or denied at some point. Iíve got some things that I want to write about Kelsier. You have not seen the last of that man, I want to write down some stuff that happened.

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  • 31

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    Whatís your most terrifying character and why is it Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Nightblood is pretty terrifyingÖ An object created thatís made to destroy evil and doesnít know what it is? YeahÖ I wanted you to think that Nightblood in the hands of Szeth is one of the most terrifying things that you have ever contemplated.

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  • 32

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    What would happen if one compounds copper?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of people have been asking that, I donít know why theyíve all suddenly latching onto it. But you are going to get RAFOíd on that.

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  • 33

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    Nightblood feeds on Investiture, so could an Allomancer burning, say, steel, draw Nightblood and fuel it off of that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Nightblood would feed off that Kinetic Investiture, you could make that work. You would need to keep that portal open, and he would eat the power instead of whatever you were planning to do with it, and when you ran out of metal heíd kill you.

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    Would it also work with whatever you have in a Coppermind?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, theoretically that could work too. Thatís a very good question, and youíre the first to ask that.

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  • 34

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    You mentioned that Kelsier is still around meddling, are you planning on having him meddle in a little more overt manner any time soon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís a RAFO. A big, big RAFO.

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  • 35

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    Are you working on a sequel to Rithmatist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I started working on it, realized I didnít know the Aztec culture well enough, so I went and read four books on Aztec culture, but by then deadlines were due on something else so I had to jump. I rebuild my outline using my new knowledge but I gotta find time to write it. Itís going to have a killer plot, Iím really excited for it.

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  • 36

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    Would you ever want to write an episode for Doctor Who?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would consider it. But I donít have enough screenplay writing background right now, so I would have to work with someone else. So if thereís a screenwriter willing to work with me, then yeah.

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  • 37

    Question

    Why did Jasnah try to have Elhokarís wife assassinated?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, youíll need to get to know Elhokarís wife a little better before youíll get an answer to that. But understand that Jasnah is very deliberate in her choices, and protecting her family is one of her most important personal mandates.

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  • 38

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    When were the Ghostbloods founded?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím gonna RAFO that.

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  • 39

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    Does Tia know Profís weakness?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 40

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    Are we going to get more of Lift?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, she is one of the main characters in the second five.

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  • 41

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    Are there lovespren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of people have been asking about this. There are passionspren. Lovespren I havenít really talked about much, but....

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  • 42

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    What happens if you burn atium at the same time as cadmium or bendalloy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That would be really cool to see.

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  • 43

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    If you could ditch the entire Cosmere and start fresh, what would you write about?[From the audience]: Fifty Shades of Grey fanfic!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that. Fifty Shades of Grey fanfic.

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    Except Brandonís would be much tamerÖ

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, I donít think mine would hit quite the same demographic.

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    It would have an awesome magic system though.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it would be based on the color grey, where each shade of grey produces a different magic effect.

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  • 44

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    For Stormlight, is there going to be a JasnahÖ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there will be. She is scheduled right now for book #6.

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  • 45

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    Was Hoid ever two different people?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There have been other people named Hoid in the past, but you have never met them.

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  • 46

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    Is OreSeurÖ is a member of the same species a worldjumper?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there are several kandra who are worldhoppers.They are usually homebodies, but there are some who have gone off.

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  • 47

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    Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, I am whatever one that Mastermind is.

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    INTJ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

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  • 48

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    The metals, the ones used in Allomancy, are they naturally occurring on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    And all the alloys too?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, all the alloys on RosharÖ The magic of the metals, the metals are actually the key, so there is no power in the actual metal. You can use metals from other worlds. Metal is like a password.

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  • 49

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    Youíve spoken before how DNA exists on multiple different levels in your magic systems. I hear somewhere that Hemalurgy actually splices something into your DNA - so what does that imply for inheritability?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is not inheritable.

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  • 50

    Question

    Should all the Shardworlds have radios and the like, and progress in that...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Should they?

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    Could they.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, they could.

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