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Interviews: Thus Spake the Creator

Summary:

Entries

60

Date

2001

Type

Paraphrased

Reporter

Raina

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    Terez

    This is a collection of quotes that were organized by Raina (presumably an old rasfwrj person) some time in 2001. Most of the original sources for the quotes she collected were found online, so those quotes aren't included here. These are only the leftover quotes, and as a result we have no idea where they came from or when they were asked, unless there are clues in the text. Sometimes it's not entirely clear if consecutive paragraphs are from different reports or the same report. We are, however, always searching for these lost interviews, and when we find them, we'll delete the quotes from this collection. I'll include Raina's introductory comments below, along with a list of the categories, each of which links to a Google Doc containing a link to the original category and an annotated copy of the page's original contents, linking to known sources and highlighting lost sources, which are the ones included here. Raina also drew from these interviews for her collection (and those quotes are not included here):

    SOURCES

    Letter to Tom McCormick: December 1993
    Sense of Wonder interview: October 1994
    Compuserve chat: October 19, 1994
    AOL chat 1: October 21, 1994
    AOL chat 2: October 21, 1994
    Sci-fi Channel Interview: April 23, 1995
    East of the Sun Con�Karl Johan Nor�n: June 16, 1995
    East of the Sun Interview�Helena Lofgren: June 17, 1995
    Balticon XXX�Bill Garrett: April 5, 1996
    Balticon XXX�Pam Korda: April 6, 1996
    ACOS Signing Report�Brian Ritchie: June 21, 1996
    Compuserve chat: June 26, 1996
    AOL chat 1: June 27, 1996
    AOL chat 2: June 27, 1996
    ACOS Signing Report�Hawk: August 4, 1996
    ACOS Signing Report�Robert Watson: August 23, 1996
    ACOS Signing Report�Lara Beaton: August 23, 1996
    ACOS Signing Report�Greebs: August 25, 1996
    ACOS Signing Report�Erica Sadun: October 9, 1996
    ACOS Signing Report�Mike Lawson: October 12, 1996
    AOL chat: October 19, 1996
    DragonCon Sci-Fi Channel chat: June 28, 1997
    Barnes and Noble chat: November 11, 1997
    Waldenbooks Interview: October 1998
    Barnes and Noble chat: October 19, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Aaron Bergman: October 20, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Pam Basham: October 22, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Drew Gillmore: Octoer 24, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Justin Howell: October 24, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Chris Mullins: October 24, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Rick Moen: October 25, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Kevin Bartlett: October 29, 1998
    Sci-fi.com chat: November 1, 1998
    Amazon.com interview: November 6, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Matthew Hunter: November 14, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Michael Martin: November 15, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�John Hamby: November 18, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Melinda Yin: November 18, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�John Nowacki: November 20, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�John Hamby: November 21, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�Rachel K. Warren: November 21, 1998
    TPOD Signing Report�John Novak: November 21, 1998
    Brisbane Signing Report�Joel Gilmore: September 21, 1999
    Locus Magazine Interview: March 2000
    Orbit interview: October 2000
    Barnes and Noble chat: November 11, 2000
    WH Signing Report�Ryan R.: November 12, 2000
    Sci-fi.com chat: November 14, 2000
    CNN chat: December 12, 2000
    Author's Table Interview: 2001
    Leiden Signing Report�Aan'allein: April 2001
    Amsterdam Signing Report�Aan'allein: April 5, 2001
    Rotterdam Signing Report�Aan�allein: April 6, 2001
    Dromen and Demonen chat: April 6, 2001
    Elf Fantasy Fair�Aan'allein: April 7, 2001
    Elf Fantasy Fair�Aan'allein: April 8, 2001
    Interview with RJ�Kurafire: April 10, 2001
    Marcon Report�Sorilea: May 2001

    Raina

    Below are collected various Jordan questions and answers, and reports from interviews. Not all quotes are guaranteed to be here, although I try to be thorough, and in some cases I've deleted answers that repeat material more or less verbatim. They are organized into categories by topic, and some are in more than one category, so you shouldn't find it hard to find a quotation you're looking for. Try 'Miscellaneous' if none of the categories seem to fit. As for such categories as 'Sex and Sexuality' and 'Bela'�you asked the questions, I just sort them.

    And please stop asking who killed Asmodean or if Moiraine will be back. 'Read And Find Out' is already far too long!

    In several cases, the people who provided the quotes have included comments of their own on the questions or answers. As such, any interpretations of Jordan's words do not necessarily represent my personal opinion. A few comments were written by me, and they are in blue text and signed Like this�Raina. so you should have no trouble working out which is which.

    Robert Jordan Himself
    How long will the series be, how long will it take, and does he know the end?
    What if he dies before finishing it?
    How did the series originate?
    How does he go about writing the books?
    What are his sources and inspirations?
    What else has Jordan written?
    What else is in the Wheel of Time universe?
    What is he planning to write?
    Fan reaction to the books
    Spin-offs: movies and so forth
    The Wheel of Time game
    Fantasy as a genre
    Jordan and Tolkien
    Advice to aspiring writers
    Guide Art and Cover Art
    WoT versus reality
    Themes of the series
    What books does Jordan read?
    Timing of events in the series

    Workings of the Wheel
    Women and Men
    The One Power, the True Power, and channeling
    The Dragon
    The Heroes and the Horn
    Tel'aran'rhiod and other dreams
    The Age of Legends
    Is he his characters?
    Rand al'Thor
    Mat Cauthon
    Perrin Aybara
    Egwene al'Vere
    Nynaeve al'Meara/Mandragoran
    Moiraine Damodred
    Al'Lan Mandragoran
    Min Farshaw
    Elayne Trakand
    Aviendha
    Thom Merrilin
    Faile ni Bashere t'Aybara
    Berelain Paeron sur Paendrag
    Tam and Kari al'Thor
    Padan Fain
    The Daughter of the Nine Moons
    Birgitte and Gaidal Cain
    Verin Mathwin
    Cadsuane Melaidhrin
    Galad Damodred
    Sharina Melloy
    The Shadow
    The Black Ajah
    The Forsaken
    Shadar Logoth
    Slayer
    The White Tower
    The Black Tower
    Warders and the Bond
    The Aiel
    The Aelfinn and the Eelfinn
    The Oath Rod
    Language and the Old Tongue
    The Ogier
    Geography
    Theology
    Prophecy
    Blademasters
    Other Lands (Shara, Seanchan, the Land of the Madmen)
    Sex and Sexuality
    Bela
    Trivia
    Miscellaneous
    Read and Find Out!
    Questions for the future
    Raina's Hold

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    RJ fits the classic description of an author: Plenty of facial hair, a cane and a little on the podgy side. He didn't have an African hunting hat thoughThe cane looked pretty cool, and he assured us he'd use it if we tried to swarm him.

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Robert Jordan

    After he explained how they taught him to speak in the army. They'd stand you with your nose touching the barracks and get you to give your orders, if the people on the other side obeyed, you were half way there. If the barracks obeyed, you had it.

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Robert Jordan

    RJ first started reading at 4. He skipped children's books and read White Fang. By 5 he was reading Jules Verne. Since then it was his dream to become an author. But instead at uni he chose Maths(?) and Physics to become an engineer because he hadn't heard of a successful American author. Later, after he had had a near death experience, he decided it was do or don't time. He wrote The Eye of the World, and sent it in to a publisher hoping to get a reply something like "This is good, with some more experience you can do well." Instead he got, "This is great, we want to buy it."

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Robert Jordan

    RJ writes 8-10 hours a day. He usually misses lunch, sometimes dinner too. If he takes a day off, it's because his wife says he's working too hard. He says he writes because he likes it.

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Robert Jordan

    Youve seen him in the back of the books. Hes got a scragglier gray beard and longer hair now. He walks with a cane. Hmm Ah yes, and he still has the infamous hat, of course.

    RJs Intro: Basic rules, such as no personalizing until after everyones through, pictures are fine, NO full frontal male nudity (when asked about back nudity, he gave an equally hearty no). Female nudity was not commented on.

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    What kind of music do you listen to?

    Robert Jordan

    Works to classical. Listens to South African, Japanese, some country music, etc. He said (quite seriously) everything under the sun. Except for punk music.

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Robert Jordan

    RJ exercises his hands a lot to avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and whatnot. He had amusing comment on how women saying Oh, hes got such strong hands and whatnot is BS, and that what theyre thinking about is those muscular jaws. (I wont elaborate, as I think your imagination will make that more interesting than it really was.)

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    Question (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Can you personalize this?

    Robert Jordan

    Youll have to get to the end of the line [it was a rule that sigs would come first, then anyone who wanted personalization would have to wait in line again]. Then he goes on to tell a story about a guy who was the last in line that wanted a personalization.

    RJ: Youll have to get in back of the line.
    Fan: I AM the back of the line.
    RJ: Dont make me repeat the rule.
    Fan: *think, think* *walk around in a circle and returns to the table*
    RJ: Hi! *smile, smile*

    [Just included this to show how cruel and sadistic he is.]

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    Question (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Did you get that custom made? *pointing to RJs cane*

    Robert Jordan

    No. And he likes rams horn sticks (walking canes?). They fit the hand nicely. [Ok]
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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Robert Jordan

    [The next piece of conversation was between RJ and a guy from Russia. He started off asking how he liked Russia (since RJ went there before), and this whooooole thing got rolling. For the first part, Ill just say that RJ has met some rather dangerous Russian mafia types (heh). Robert Jordan, a white-knuckled translator ready to wet himself, and a Godfather-type guy. How do you know what you know? Interesting picture there.

    Second part: What everyone wants to know: RJs drinking habits.
    When he was in Russia, he was surprised by the drinking there. Everyone says that Russians can and do drink a lot, he said, but he was amused that people kept telling HIM to slow down and eat before drinking. The man can handle a good deal. I mean, ****, he said vodka was like mothers milk.

    When I was young, when I really used to drinkImagine if you will, the Creator himself, sitting at a table with a bunch of drunken buddies. Theres $4700 dollars on the table. Yes, this is a drinking game. At any point, someone can say stand. The drinkers have to stand up, hold their hands above their heads, spin around three times, and sit back down. If you become unable to do that, you lose. After TWO QUARTS of Russian vodka, everyone else is floored, and our man wins. Not only that, but he drags his drunken friend back to their room. He mentioned that he didnt get undressed for bed that night (as if admitting some weakness from the alcohol).

    He used to know all of 7 words of useful Russian, most of them curses (he repeated two of them, to the amusement of the guy he was talking to).]

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    Reporter (Robert Jordan Himself)

    Then Jordan finally entered. I don't know how late this was, but I'd say around 19:40 or so... My first impression was that he was pretty much like the photos I'd always seen of him, except that his hair was even wilder, and I never really appreciated the size of that cane.

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    Question (What if he dies before finishing it?)

    Is the ending written and stored in a safety deposit box somewhere?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Its in my head.

    QUESTION

    What if you die or something?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    Youre screwed [basically. Heh.]

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    Question (How did the series originate?)

    To the books then. The Wheel of Time is a fantasy series epic in size and scale. How did it all beginand what was your inspiration for it?

    Robert Jordan

    It's really hard to say. There's all sorts of things that come about before you start writing a series. You don't have "an idea" that becomes a short story, or a book. A short story is maybe hundreds of ideas that have come together, a novel is thousands of ideas that have come together. But The Wheel of TimeI was thinking at one point about what it'd really be like to be tapped on the shoulder and told "You were born to be the savior of mankind. And oh yesyou're probably going to die in the end and no, you can't resignit's your job, you're stuck with it".

    Then I had been thinking about the source of myths, the source of legends. About whether some of them might not have been personifications of natural events, the way we say some of them are supposed to be. What if some of them were things that people had done, and had simply been told and told until it became a myth and legend?

    At the same time, I was thinking about the degradation of information over distance. The further you are from an event in either space or time, the less reliable your knowledge of the event. Information inevitably degrades over distance, whether it's spatial or temporal.

    I was thinking about lots of other things too, and it began to coalesce. It was the beginnings of what would become the Wheel of Time. I let it mull over for four or five years, then I thought I was ready to sit down and write. But it took four years to write The Eye of the World because I discovered there were a lot of other things I had to think and sort out.

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    Question (How did the series originate?)

    Was the storyline for "New Spring" one that was created at the same time as the rest of the WoT plot, or did you come up with it specifically for the Legends anthology?

    Robert Jordan

    The basis was notes that I had made for myself on backstory, things that I had never intended to put into the books themselves, but that I needed to know to write the books: such as where did Moiraine and Lan meet, and where did they come from.

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    Signing Report (How did the series originate?)

    Robert Jordan

    Rand and Tam alThor originally started out as one character.

    He is a man in his 30s from Emonds Field in the present.

    (Earlier, when his story starts) There isnt much for a kid from a small village out wherever to do that does not involve backbreaking work. At about 15, he runs away to become a soldier (yes, a field that does involve backbreaking labor). After 20 years or so as a soldier, Rand/Tam wants to go home, but when he does, he realizes hes no longer the boy that left that little village. And prophecy is on his heels. Maybe something of the sort will be done in a future series.

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    Question (How did the series originate?)

    [At this point, people were managing to wedge their way in between me and the table (coming within three inches of RJ), so I didnt really get the whole question. Something along the lines of:] Are you making this up as you go along, or do you have everything planned out?

    Robert Jordan

    Everything is planned out. RJ has humongous files on his computer dedicated to certain topics. Example: two files for the Aes Sedai. The first one has info on each Aes Sedai. Everything she wears, eats, where she was born, etc. The second is history of the Tower. Halls, Amyrlins, organization, etc. He then said he was lucky to get a LS120 drive, because these files were getting too large for 1.44s.

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    Question (How did the series originate?)

    [Some question on perspective and what happens]

    Robert Jordan

    [basically] What a character sees and thinks happened is not necessarily what did [made a big deal of this, as if it wasnt a duh point again. This screamed Sammael at me for some reason.]

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    Question (How did the series originate?)

    [Regarding whipping from one character POV to another, and why hes sticking with one for a longer amount of time now]

    Robert Jordan

    Im not changing characters just for the sake of changing them. There are things I want you to see, but its important whose eyes youre seeing them through.

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    Question (What are his sources and inspirations?)

    Are the names "Dragon", "Coramoor" and "Car'a'carn" based on chess openings?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

    REPORTER

    This surprised me, there has been a thread around here in which was stated that Dragon, Caro-Kann and the Coramorant (I'm not sure of the last one) are chess openings. If he had answered with a yes then I would have asked why because they're all variants played by black and rather defensive but I needn't.

    Footnote

    It's Cormorant.

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    Question (What are his sources and inspirations?)

    Have you ever studied comparative religion? (influenced WoT, inspiration, etc.)

    Robert Jordan

    No. RJ did make a comment on how he never studied comparative religion, but rather lived it. (He put forth a list of people that he knew in his life, with each person being a different religion. Sorry, I couldnt write it down, since it was much too fast, and 80+ people in a small bookstore are LOUD.)

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    Question (What else is in the Wheel of Time universe?)

    Will you ever give use the answers to all our feeble WoT questions and whatnot?

    Robert Jordan

    Perhaps in the future there will be an encyclopedia or concordance. Harriet (both wife and editor) keeps a list of every plant, animal, organization, etc., all alphabetized and everything. This could possibly be the basis of an encyclopedia in the future. [This was one of the points where he said that he wouldnt say never, because it has a tendency to come back and bite you.]

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    Question (What else is in the Wheel of Time universe?)

    After the Last Battle, will you write any more books in the WoT world?

    Robert Jordan

    No. No more in this universe. There will probably be some parallel stories in other fantasy series hell be writing, but no, no WoT books. [HOWEVER He made a point of saying here (and in other places) that it was not NEVER, because when you say never, you sometimes end up having to eat it]

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    Signing Report (Fan reaction to the books)

    Robert Jordan

    The FAQ was also mentioned, to which he gave his usual answer. One third is right, another is almost right, while the last is completely wrong. When asked whether he was surprised that there is so much discussion on the net everyday, he simply replied, "no". He then explained that it was important as an author to have a big ego, which he did. He then explained that you didn't have to be arrogant, even though he had been described so occasionally. To me he didn't come over as arrogant.

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    Signing Report (Spin-offs: movies and so forth)

    Robert Jordan

    Also (and I'm not sure if this is new to anyone) he told me that NBC has signed an option to make The Eye of the World into a mini-series (4-6 hours). He doesn't know if it will definitely go ahead or not.

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    Signing Report (Spin-offs: movies and so forth)

    Robert Jordan

    Oh and he said he had signed a contract with NBC (i think) for a mini-series to be made of The Eye of the World. The guy who wrote the screen play for Merlin is writing it.

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    Raina (The Wheel of Time game)

    The following questions all come from a single interview, published in a computer magazine called PCPowerPlay, in November of '99.

    PCPOWERPLAY

    So how much of The Wheel of Time game bears the mark of Robert Jordan?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, I only know a little bit about the game. I'm not a programmer. My real programming skills are decades out of date. I started when you had to learn how to operate a key-punch machine so you could do your stacks of cards to hand into the mainframe, 'cause there was nothing else than the mainframe!

    PCPOWERPLAY

    Oh dear! So what role did you play in the development of the game?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    To a large extent it was that I said I wanted certain things to be done. And it was not that I was asking them to do these things, it was that I was telling them "Do these things, or there's no deal". They were okay with that. The things I asked them to do made the game much more complex; made it much more difficult to designhence it wasn't on the streets three years ago.

    PCPOWERPLAY

    It could have been ready, theoretically, three years ago. How long has the game been in development then?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    For at least four or five years. The thing is, I wanted it to be a game where it'd be, at least in mathematical terms, impossible to play the same game twice. Every time you start the Wheel of Time, it's gotta be different. I mean, the landscape is the same, but you're not going to be able to play the same game againthere are too many changes in conditions. There are ter'angreal (magic foci, used as offensive and defensive weapons in the game)there is a large library of ter'angreal in the game. But they are not handed over to the players. A random selection is made when you start up the game, and distributed at random over the landscape. I also wanted the NPCs to be as close to player characters as possible. So you can bribe them to lie to or kill others. And they'll respond to you depending on your character and the way you've dealt with others.

    PCPOWERPLAY

    So why did you specifically ask for all this?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    Because I think the world changes and things are different. Things change all the time. It seemed to me that making a game where you learn all the rules and zip through and go back and do it again to see if you can do it faster is boring. I find it boring.

    PCPOWERPLAY

    Given the almost rabid demeanor of your fans, how well do you think they will receive the WoT game?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    I hope well. It takes place somewhere between fifty and [a] hundred years before the time of the books. It doesn't involve any characters from them either, and it's not going to be exactly like the booksthere's no way it can be as it's a different genre altogether.

    It's shaping up to be a really good game. Hopefully, if it's well received, there will be modules that take people more into the world as it exists in the books, and possibly even modules where people play characters in the books, or interact with characters from the bookswhich I'm hoping is something the fans would love.

    The game also uses the Unreal engine, and one of my favorite quotes is "It uses the Unreal engine better than Unreal does". The design team have done so well with it that they've been hired to design the sequel to UnrealUnreal 2. Another quote I liked was "Every year we're promised something new, something different, something fresh. At last somebody has delivered".

    PCPOWERPLAY

    You come across as someone who knows games!

    ROBERT JORDAN

    I play games! But the games I play are Chess, and Go, and very firmly reality-based military-strategy and tactic games like Civilisation, Sim City, Sim World and so on. I really enjoy those. I don't play them very often though, and recently just cleared 12 GB of games from my hard drive.

    PCPOWERPLAY

    That's a lot of space for games!

    ROBERT JORDAN

    Yeah, yeah. Well, there are shelves of games up at home. I buy the darn things, I just find very little time to play them.

    PCPOWERPLAY

    To change the topic a bit, do you feel threatened, as a novelist, by games becoming more appealing as elaborate story-telling devices?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    Year after year, they tell me about the death of books. Yet I see more books sold. You can't take a computer into the bath and let it dry out if you happen to drop it by accident. You can't take a computer to the beach without worrying about sand getting into it. With a book, you can treat it as rough as you want to, and if it ends up destroyed, you can buy another one at a relatively low cost. Books also don't have maintenance costs nor need to have their batteries replaced on regular occasions. You can just put one in your coat pocket and walk. I think that says it all, really.

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    Signing Report (Guide Art and Cover Art)

    Robert Jordan

    Oh he also made excuses for Mr. Sweet?? er cover art guy. He said the publishers dont give him enough time and yes he did read The Eye of the World before drawing the cover. He said Mr. Sweet? is a slow ass artist but a good one.

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    Question (Themes of the series)

    Some people have found so much depth to your books, that they've claimed you've attempted to start a new philosophical movement, or even a new religion, with the Wheel of Time. What have you set out to do with the Wheel of Time?

    Robert Jordan

    I'm not trying to create a philosophy, I'm not trying to create a religion. If people think that, they're missing the point.

    What I'm primarily trying to do is tell a story. If I get to ask you a few questions along the way, that's good. And if I don't get to ask you a few questions, that's good also. If there are any messages it's that everybody has to struggle against evil, as opposed to good. Because you can't depend on a few heroes to take care of it. If you depend on heroes, evil's gonna win. Also, how it's not easy to tell the difference between bad and good sometimes. Sometimes you think a course of action is the right thing to do. And if you do it and a few million people starve to death somewhere, was it really the right thing to do? Unintended consequences too: every action you take will have at least two results that you never intended and one of them will be a result that you really didn't want. You have to contend with that under all circumstances. You can never figure out all consequences of what you do, and you can't stop them because of that. I'm fascinated by these ideas.

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    Raina (What books does Jordan read?)

    The summarised version is: Tad Williams, Robert Holdstock, Raymond Feist, Janny Wurts, Barry Hughat, C.S. Friedman, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, John M. Ford, Guy Gavriel Kay, Terry Pratchett, George R.R. Martin, Jared Diamond, Robert Heinlein, John D. MacDonald, Louis L'Amour, James Patterson, Patrick O'Brian, Montaigne, Andrew Vachss, John Sanford, Patricia Cornwell, Jack London, Stephen King, Tim Powers, J.V. Jones, Greg Bear and everything else under the sun, except for romances.—Raina

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    Question (What books does Jordan read?)

    What books do you read?

    Robert Jordan

    Another everything under the sun answer. The only author names I managed to jot down from his list were: Terry Pratchett, George Martin, Elmo Lemar (lol, I know I misspelled that, but I didnt know the author). In short, he reads everything, except for romance. Hes tried a book or two, but never passes page 100.

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    Signing Report (What books does Jordan read?)

    On my second pass through, I asked him to name some favorite science fiction writers, since he always listed fantasy writers.

    Robert Jordan

    He answered John M. Ford (again), Greg Bear, and C.S. Friedman (again), who also has written a lot of good science fiction.

    He actually reads a lot less science fiction, because he doesn't like distopias all that much. He likes technology. Why would people have to die at age 30 in the mud in some miserable hovel when they could live so much longer, do so much more.

    Especially since it wasn't that long ago that people in American did die at the average age of 30. You just had to go back a few hundred years.

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    Question (Timing of events in the series)

    [Regarding the flow of time in books]

    Robert Jordan

    Books 1 through 9 cover (very roughly) about four years [made a point of roughly, as I doubt even he could whip out a precise answer on the spot] Most of the books overlap with each other. Some of the events in early Winter's Heart, for example, overlap with late The Path of Daggers.

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    Signing Report (Workings of the Wheel)

    Robert Jordan

    Female Dragon..NO when a female hero is needed she is one of the ones bound to the Wheel. Jordan did mention a name but I didn't hear it. But he did say the Dragon is never female.

    Let's try and clear some of this up... I can't remember the exact question, but from what I read in this thread, it doesn't matter (I haven't read the Female Dragon thread). RJ said that, no, it is not possible to have a female Dragon. If the wheel needs a female Dragon, then it would weave in *insert female Dragon name here*. Probably because of the blank faces he was getting he then added, you can find her in the scene where Mat blows the Horn...

    He also said that a soul ready to be reborn cannot change gender, therefor the Dragon is ALWAYS male.

    Footnote

    This might actually be two different reports; since we haven't found the original sources for either, we're not sure.

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    Signing Report (Workings of the Wheel)

    Robert Jordan

    Each age is NOT precisely the same with each new turning of the Wheel. I actually asked RJ to explain this before Eye even came out, because he was trying to explain the cosmology to me and I wasn't getting it. The analogy he used (for the differences between an Age in one turning and in another) was to say that it would be like standing in front of what looked to be two copies of the same painting; but as you looked closely, you'd start to find tiny, subtle differences, more and more differences the more closely you looked, until you eventually realized that the paintings were almost completely different.

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    H (Workings of the Wheel)

    When a soul is reborn, at what point does it enter the body?

    Robert Jordan

    Hmm *think, think* Id have to say as a fetus. When the body becomes capable of sustaining life.

    H

    *stupid grin* Ok. In The Eye of the World, Thom said that the dead can take over a living body. If this happened, what would happen to the original soul?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    *gave me a haha, nice try you stupid monkey grin* Read and find out.

    H

    YAAAAAAAAAAAARG! DAMN YOU! (ok, not really)

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    Signing Report (Women and Men)

    Robert Jordan

    He also said he tried to create a world without sexism or organized religion.

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    Question (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    Are there any channelers on the Seanchan continent that suffer from an emotional block like Nynaeve had?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Questioner

    (I asked this question to support my theory that the sul'dam have an emotional block, but I forgot that there are probably some damane who suffer from it as well which increased the chance to get a RAFO.)

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    Signing Report (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    Next was a question about balefire.

    QUESTION

    If person A balefires person B, then person C balefires person A, what happens?

    Robert Jordan

    Depends on how strong the balefire was....

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    Signing Report (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    The question I asked was "Does anyone within the books have the ability to use the Flame and the Void?"

    Robert Jordan

    The answer was "The Flame and the Void is a concentration aid and you do not have to be able to channel to do it."

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    Signing Report (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    I personally have specifically asked Robert Jordan about this issue. (during a book launch in Sydney late 1999)

    Robert Jordan

    He confirmed that Cadsuane's hairpiece IS a ter'angreal, and that we should have enough information to know what it does. Whether this means that it acts similar to Mat's foxhead medallion, or senses male channeling, or both, is still unknown.

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    Question (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    Can you use the True Power in a stedding? [I think Far Madding was mentioned..?]

    Robert Jordan

    No. [That should help some arguments.]

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    Question (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    [Someone was nitpicking about the Eye of the World prologue, when Ishamael suddenly pops in. It was a ripple or a shimmer or something of the sort, not a 'gateway'. So, this guys asks what was up with that? Creative license? Had not established the magic of the realm yet?]

    Robert Jordan

    What do you think?

    Fan Response

    [The guy said True Power travel]

    Robert Jordan

    Yes. [Can't give you specifics of response, but he did say that it (True Power) was the reason for the difference in Traveling.]

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    Mahiro (The Heroes and the Horn)

    As I promised, here is a short synopsis of what RJ said at the book signing regarding whether or not Rand is King Aemon Reborn.

    Robert Jordan

    For Rand to be Aemon reborn, Rand would have to be the same height as Aemon if Lanfear was correct in The Shadow Rising that Rand is always the same height in each of his lives.

    RJ stated that Aemon was 6'1" tall, but when I asked if Lanfear was correct, RJ stated that she was not. Normally this would not say either way if Rand was Aemon.

    RJ knew immediately where I was heading (this is one very intelligent man). RJ confirmed that Rand is NOT Aemon. :-(

    MAHIRO

    *sighs*. He stated that it was like an author's prerogative to dangle "bait" in front of people and snatch it away. That's cruel and twisted. :-)

    This not just torpedoes my theory out of the water, but just nukes it completely.

    Thanks to Adrian for letting me use you as a sounding board for my theory.

    If anyone wants his exact words, I can post a transcript later.

    Here's what I got...

    MAHIRO

    Mr. Jordan...

    The Creator

    Yeah.

    MAHIRO

    How tall was the last king of Manetheren?

    The Creator

    The last king of Manetheren...?

    MAHIRO

    Uh-huh.

    The Creator

    The last king of... Height?

    MAHIRO

    Yes.

    The Creator

    Ummm...He'd be about 6'1" [six feet one inch].

    MAHIRO

    6'1"? Okay. And was Lanfear correct that Rand is always the same height in each of his lives?

    The Creator

    Ahhh, no.

    MAHIRO

    No... okay. Thank you.

    [At this point I turned to leave.]

    The Creator

    Rand uhhh, Rand was not the last King of Manetheren.

    MAHIRO

    Thank you.

    The Creator

    I very rarely come out and tell you guys something like that. It's much more intriguing to simply dangle a bit of "bait" in front of you and snatch it away. But, ahh no. That's that's that's definitely a "blue sky" direction.

    MAHIRO

    Aan'allein, there it is nervous statements and all. You should have been there. "you can... hear him. You can... bathe in his presence...words cannot even begin to describe it. You must experience it to know. You must."

    Oops, got a little carried away there... ;-)

    Footnote

    If anyone is Aemon reborn, it's Mat, since Mat had memories of being Aemon before he got his memories from the Eelfinn. However, the clues in that case point to the Old Blood and Mat being a descendant of Aemon rather than Aemon reborn.

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    Signing Report (The Age of Legends)

    Tonight I asked him, sneakily and in-between two people asking him to sign their books, about whether or not anything was still remaining from Lews Therin's palace, in other words if there were still ruins left of it in the current world.

    Robert Jordan

    Sadly, he answered a very clear "No, nothing is left of that anymore."

    REPORTER

    This means that the ruins underneath the Panarch's palace in Tanchico are not the ruins of Lews Therin's palace.

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    Signing Report (Mat Cauthon)

    The person said something along the lines of: "My wife thinks Perrin is the sexiest man alive."

    Robert Jordan

    RJ responded by saying that he, himself, found Perrin kind of boring, and he didn't understand why people liked him so much. But what really surprised him was that the most popular guy was Mat, the guy he had thought would be the most hated.

    RJ then went into a minute-long tirade about how nice guys never get girls. He said that, while the girl might think she wants the good guy, she will always end up driving off with the guy in the Harley. Yes, he said Harley.

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    Signing Report (Moiraine Damodred)

    Ok, I got my book signed in Vroman's in Pasadena, CA, today. RJ was extremely friendly, and talked to everyone, laughing and even teasing a bit. One could say he was "jolly".

    Anyway, when it was my turn, I asked him two questions. I'll put parts in quotes when they are exactly what was said (or close enough), and I wrote it down so I'd remember.

    As he signed my first book, I asked, "Is Cyndane's power roughly equal to, say... Moiraine?"

    Robert Jordan

    He had a surprised look on his face for a moment, then it became amused, and he gave me a RAFO. His face indicated to me that I was absolutely right, but obviously it's not evidence.

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    Signing Report (Padan Fain)

    (Didn't catch the question exactly, but it regarded Fain's escape and the dead prisoners.)

    Robert Jordan

    Fain killed the prisoners, not his rescuer. And it wasn't Lanfear.

    Footnote

    RJ later confirmed that it was Ingtar who rescued Fain from the dungeon in Fal Dara.

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    Signing Report (Verin Mathwin)

    Next came question time. I was the first one to buy a ticket, the first person to arrive, I was sitting right under his nose so I figured I might as well be the first one to ask a question as well. Me: "Is Verin Black Ajah?"

    Robert Jordan

    "C'mon, RAFO!" (Sorry, Isam but I don't think you'll mind me posting...)

    Reporter

    I guess he was just setting the mood for the rest of the evening.

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    Signing Report (The Black Ajah)

    Does the Black Ajah still have the dice they stole, when the first thirteen left the Tower?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Reporter

    The only time these dice are mentioned is when Nynaeve, Egwene and Elayne are reading the lists of stolen ter'angreal they got from Verin. I first thought that maybe they had something to do with Mat but I couldn't find any evidence for it.

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    Signing Report (The Black Ajah)

    Robert Jordan

    Thirteen Black Ajah that left the Tower. Two from each Ajah. This obviously didn't fly, and was a mistake from an early printing.

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    Signing Report (The Forsaken)

    Robert Jordan

    Next, I believe, was the aforementioned big mouth. In the interests of not getting banned, we will simply call him Cranially Undernourished Bozo. He was asking something about Ishamael and about him being the only one to use the True Power therefore he is Mordin. RJ started explaining that he didn't necessarily have to be Mordin to which CUB declared that he was avoiding the question. RJ then gives a complicated explanation about the Watcher watching the events unfurling (this is all from memory and unfortunately I can't remember everything) which ended in a question if that is what he meant. CUB with a confused look on his face was obviously in over his head, and started planning how he could become a bigger nuisance.

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    Signing Report (The Forsaken)

    FAQ: Who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    Should be intuitively obvious to the most casual observer. [yeah, uh huh...] Ok, we know that. But he also said that we should know based on where everyone was, what they were thinking, what they were doing. Duh, right? But he made a point of mentioning where. For people thinking it was a Traveller, would 'where' be important? Dunno...

    His list of candidates included the Aes Sedai, Nynaeve, Aviendha, Bela, and God knows who else.

    And you know why he won't tell us? Because he likes to see us SQUIRM. He said it in a friendly voice, but you could tell he meant it.

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    Signing Report (The Forsaken)

    Well, It was the second time this week I got to get my book signed and talk to the great RJ. The first time was in Leiden and I didn't prepare anything so I asked something lame about what he thought of the cover art. This time I forgot to think it over again so at the last minute I had to come up with something. It turned out quite funny:

    Me: "Did Slayer take Asmodean to Tel'aran'rhiod before, or after he killed him?"

    Robert Jordan

    He and some other people started laughing, he thought a little and answered with a smile:

    "What makes you think Asmodean is dead?"

    I laughed and he continued:

    "Yeah, you screw with my head, I screw with yours..." (that's actually what he said.)

    Reporter

    So Incidentally I made Jordan laugh and swear, but not answer the question.

    But hey, I didn't get a RAFO.

    Footnote

    April 2001.

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    Signing Report (Theology)

    This one was asking about the lack of churches in Randland. They apparently have religious beliefs and such, so why aren't they there?

    Robert Jordan

    Churches and other places of worship are for people to connect with and reaffirm the presence of God (or whatever). The people of Randland see signs of their Creator every day through the One Power. If common people today could walk around performing miracles at will, we wouldn't have as much of a need for that confirmation either.

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    Signing Report (Other Lands)

    Robert Jordan

    Oh and he said he would bring the other parts of the world into the books if he needed to. So Seanchan and Shara have a shot.

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    Signing Report (Other Lands)

    Were the Seanchan animals created before or after the Shadowspawn?

    Robert Jordan

    They are the 'exotics'. They were brought to Randland from parallel dimensions (like in the Portal Stones). When Rand saw grolm in the Portal Stone world, he was seeing them in the native 'land'.

    Footnote

    This answer is a bit puzzling in that later questions to RJ about Portal Stones indicate that they connect to Mirror Worlds, not Parallel Worlds. In addition, the BWB indicates that the Seanchan exotics were brought back from Parallel Worlds via Portal Stones.

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    Signing Report (Bela)

    As he grabbed my second book, I asked, "Is Bela the Creator?"

    Robert Jordan

    "No, she's Nae'blis," he said, laughing. He went on to say something along the lines of: I know all your theories about her being Nae'blis.

    Reporter

    As he handed me my book, I asked, "Is Bela the Dark One?"

    Robert Jordan

    He laughed. "Hmmmm," he said, "I might do something with that... No, just kidding."

    Reporter

    I stepped away but lingered as he signed the next person's first book.

    Robert Jordan

    As he grabbed the second book, he said, "She's the avatar of Ilyena Sunhair." [I think it was Sunhair. Is that her name?]

    Reporter

    He went on to say that Ilyena died, but had bad karma. I'm serious.

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    Signing Report (Bela)

    In response to the people in the back of the line (which had circled around two book aisles to the RJ table again), he asked the following question of them...

    Robert Jordan

    "Have you ever noticed how Bela and Shaidar Haran are never in same scene?"

    Reporter

    Those WERE Bela monkeys in the back. And, no, RJ wasn't messing with them.

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    Question (RAFO)

    I just have one question. In the end, who wins?

    Robert Jordan

    "I do." *grin, snicker, snicker* "Read and find out." [I just found this one amusing]