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Interviews: JordanCon 2011 - Terez

Summary:

Entries

6

Date

Apr 17th, 2011

Type

Verbatim

Location

Dunwoody, GA

TourCon

JordanCon 2011

Reporter

Terez

Links

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  • 1

    Terez

    Edit: my transcript of the Sunday signing questions, including WSB's:
  • 2

    Ted Herman

    When the Eelfinn told Mat, 'Wise to ask for leavetaking, when you set no price' etc., did they know he would be back?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The 'Finns do not have a perfect vision of the future, but are capable of reading some things about it, and so I would say it's likely they knew. They didn't know everything, though.

    Ted Herman

    So, it's...to the best of their knowledge, they couldn't...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. They sincerely tried to kill him, but they knew there was a strong possibility he'd be back.

    Ted Herman

    Did they know that his ashandarei was the answer to the leavetaking thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They knew what they were giving him. They were hoping he wouldn't.

    Ted Herman

    Excellent. Thank you.

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  • 3

    Scott

    In Towers of Midnight, when Rand confronts Lord Weiramon and Lady Anaiyella, and they basically can't look at him...I was wondering, does he have like an aura of Lightness that's preventing them from looking at him, or was it possibly that Verin clued him in to the fact that they were Darkfriends in her letter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    More will be revealed...

    Scott

    We'll get some more info on that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'll get some more info on things that were happening in Towers of Midnight once you see from Rand's perspective in the next book.

    Scott

    Great! That's great to hear...I can't wait for it. Thank you.

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  • 4

    blindillusion

    Did Aginor have anything to do with creating the Nym?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not that I know of. I can MAFO that, but I'm like 95% sure on that.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    The Green Man? No...he was good!

    Terez

    You know, that's what I said to him last night, and then he was like, 'Well, you know, before the Bore was drilled, you know...that might have been what he was doing.' Because, you know, he had to get his experience in bioengineering somewhere.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah...

    blindillusion

    Yeah, where did he get his start?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a good question, but I don't think so. I really don't. But, if you really want me to go to the notes and search it out, I will.

    blindillusion

    That works for me. Thank you very much.

    Maria Simons

    A quick search turned up nothing, I'm afraid. I'll try to remember to keep my eyes open for it.

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  • 5

    Marie Curie

    Even a stone in a wall has a thread in the Pattern, right? You said so...

    Brandon Sanderson

    As I understand it, Robert Jordan specifically said that even inanimate objects have a thread.

    Marie Curie

    So, that explains why when, say, a stone pillar is balefired, only the portion that balefire hits disintegrates...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right...

    Marie Curie

    ...because all of those little bits would have their own threads...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Theoretically. And I was wrong on that for a while—I had to go back and look at interviews before I...[to Terez] Were you the one that sent me that?

    Terez

    Yeah, I tweeted that to you...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah...the boat that Nynaeve was on that got balefired...

    Marie Curie

    She pointed out that inanimate objects...their threads are burned back. But that also explains why a person who has one thread tied to their soul would be completely eliminated by balefire.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmmhmm.

    Marie Curie

    So...why did their clothes go away?

    Terez

    (laughs)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Balefire does spread a bit, from what I've read.

    Marie Curie

    Then why doesn't it for the column?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It does, but it's like, you know...just a little bit.

    Marie Curie

    Right, but if you use a pencil-thin bit of balefire, right, and I shot your shirt, why would the whole shirt disappear?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, if it goes through and hits you, then you disintegrate, and it will spread out from you.

    Marie Curie

    Then, that doesn't explain Nynaeve's boat.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it doesn't. ... I will be perfectly honest with you. I've worked through and tried to figure out the rules of balefiring inanimate objects quite a bit...because we've got the whole thing with Nynaeve and...

    Marie Curie

    The rowers.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Well no, not even that...earlier than that with the balefire rod that's like cutting swaths through the palace in Tanchico, and it's just cutting lines through the palace, just slicing big holes...

    Marie Curie

    Right. That's the stone pillars...the multiple threads...

    Terez

    It did the same thing in Caemlyn with Rand and Rahvin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. And that's searing little lines, but then you hit something living, and it all *poofs*. It actually becomes motes...like it hits and it spreads to the full, living thing, and then *poof* that all goes away. And so...the clothes are something I hadn't even thought of, but balefire does seem to spread a little bit...

    Marie Curie

    You would think that, you know...where the balefire hit, obviously there would be a hole, the person would *poof*, and their clothes would drop.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. But it's got to spread a little bit because of that. But then, you know, with the boat...yeah.

    Marie Curie

    You can't imagine how many debates we've had on Theoryland about the boat...

    Terez

    Oh god...

    Brandon Sanderson

    The boat is an outlier. You could argue a couple of things on it—distance and power level could both be involved.

    Marie Curie

    And there are other outliers, like in The Gathering Storm...um...

    Terez

    The palace?

    Marie Curie

    Yeah, the palace...

    Brandon Sanderson

    That, I did intentionally. Looking through everything that is happening, and saying, 'He is continuing to pump balefire into this thing, to expand it through into the entire thing...'

    Terez

    So, it's a deliberate, directive thing...

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's got to be possible, because in the Age of Legends...

    Terez

    Right, whole cities...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, whole cities. And so there's got to be a force-to-spread multiplier. Does that make sense?

    Marie Curie

    Sure.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I'm using a force-to-spread multiplier. And so you could maybe make that argument with the boat.

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  • 6

    Terez

    [Brandon is signing my copy of Towers of Midnight and drawing a lovely picture of Goodkind.]

    You even put the yeard in! That's awesome.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I didn't put the yeard in...

    Terez

    Yeah you did!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I put the yeard in, but I didn't call him 'yeard', though...I called him 'Zod', which is my nickname for him, because he reminds me of General Zod in all his publicity photos, so there you are.

    Terez

    [He moves on to signing my copy of Hero of Ages, and a dude behind me joins the conversation.]

    Brandon Sanderson

    You voted for Quick Ben, didn't you?

    Terez

    In the last round.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, uh-huh.

    Terez

    Up until the semi-finals, I supported Vin, but in the finals I supported Quick Ben.

    Dude

    I never even heard of that series until the, uh...

    Terez

    Well that's what cage match is for!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. And it's actually a shame; he should be better known than he is. He's a really great writer.

    Terez

    It's the learning curve.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's the learning curve mixed with some really bad publication luck. What was going on with him is, he published first in the UK, and got a really good big following, and then he did a big launch in America with TOR, but by then, all the Americans had heard about him from the UK and were buying the UK editions, and TOR was behind, and so every time they would publish a UK edition, all his fans went and bought the UK edition, and then TOR would release several months later, and it wouldn't sell...

    Terez

    Because we wanted our books to match!

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...and so he had real trouble getting shelf presence in America for that reason.

    Dude

    Yeah, that makes sense.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And it is a shame; he's a really good author. But I think he's catching up finally. TOR is simultaneously releasing now, which will really help.

    Dude

    I definitely want to start picking up new series once the Wheel of Time is done. I've invested in too many large series that are ongoing...

    Terez

    And this one is finished!

    Brandon Sanderson

    This one is finished. He's going to do more in the world, but the series is done, so you can read it full sequence. It's very nice.

    Dude

    Thank you.

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