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Interviews: SLC Signing Report - Matt Hatch

Summary:

Entries

14

Date

Jan 12th, 2011

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Salt Lake City, UT

Bookstore

Sam Weller's

Reporter

Matt Hatch

Links

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  • 1

    Matt Hatch

    The evening started off with me getting my Death Gate Cycle books signed by Tracy Hickman, a very cool moment. I asked him to write something Zifnab thought about Haplo and Alfred that we the readers were never privy to. For Haplo he signed, "I believe we have met before" and for Alfred, "Have you ever been to Paris?" If you haven't read the Death Gate Cycle, these are completely meaningless. If you have read the Death Gate Cycle—these are almost completely meaningless.

    Anyway, shortly thereafter Brandon arrived and immediately asked if I had questions. He has seen my tweet about asking for questions earlier in the day. I replied that I had not received more than one or two, surprisingly, so I went to look them up. In the process of looking up questions I asked the following:

  • 2

    Matt Hatch

    I know you won't answer me definitively on the Lanfear/Verin questions I have until after A Memory of Light. So how about this, did Lanfear know of Verin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Lanfear knew of Verin.

    Matt Hatch

    (One step closer...)

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    Matt Hatch

    After this first question I got myself out of the way as fans were arriving to have their books signed. I went back behind the signing desk to listen to what was going on as I asked for more questions over Twitter. Ten or fifteen minutes later Brandon took a break and answered the following three questions:
  • 4

    Austin Moore

    Can we figure out who Demandred is disguised as based on evidence?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are clues.

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    mnm

    Will we have any Logain scenes/POV?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    Andrea Millhouse

    Does Bayle Domon still have his treasures that he had hidden on his ship "The Spray"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MAFO.

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    PrncRny

    How far past Shayol Ghul and the Last Battle will we see written in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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    Matt Hatch

    There were some short chats here and there between signings, but I didn't record anything. Some dealt briefly with the question of the changes Rand seems to have gone through as witnessed in Towers of Midnight. Then, I noticed a few questions submitted on Twitter and asked those:
  • 9

    Luckers

    Was Lews Therin one with the land like Rand is?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Dragon is one with the land...so the answer is yes.

    Matt Hatch

    He went on to say that it says the Dragon, not the Dragon Reborn, making the point that it most definitely applied to Lews Therin. (I riffed off a second related question from Luckers which was: Did he have the same extra abilities?) Instead I asked:

    Question

    Considering what you mentioned regarding Lews Therin's ability to sense the lack of inhabitants within miles of the spot he was at in the Prologue, is this ability something that comes from being the Dragon, being ta'veren, or a Talent?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (paraphrased) It's not a Talent, but I won't say whether it is a factor of being the Dragon or something about being ta'veren.

    Matt Hatch

    Luckers, I asked this question because the way Brandon answered the first it seemed apparent to me that the Dragon is Lews Therin is Rand, as far as 'one with the land' and abilities. My interest then became that specific ability he noted in Lews Therin during the re-read.)

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  • 10

    Luckers

    Seanchan woman go through annual testing till 24; Fortuona is 21-22. Is she still tested?

    Brandon Sanderson

    As Empress I don't know. I get the impression she could do as she pleased.

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  • 11

    Matt Hatch

    Brandon and I got into a conversation about Chapter 9 of The Eye of the World. We started discussing what happens there and the GOI (Gap of Infinity) as a function of finding dreams, which brought up the next two questions:
  • 12

    Matt Hatch

    Can someone that enters Tel'aran'rhiod physically, use the Gap of Infinity? More specifically, if Egwene entered Tel'aran'rhiod in her physical body, could she access the Gap of Infinity?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MAFO.

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    Matt Hatch

    Is Lanfear a Dreamer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I lend a lot of credence to the theory that at least one of the Forsaken is or was a Dreamer.

    Matt Hatch

    I did my best to just get him to tell us straight up that one IS, actually that more than one is a Dreamer. But he persisted in using the above language.

    Footnote

    He did confirm that later.

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    Matt Hatch

    And that was all folks.