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Interviews: Weller Book Works Signing - Josh & Mi'ch

Summary:

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37

Date

Nov 6th, 2012

Type

Verbatim

Location

Salt Lake City, UT

TourCon

The Emperor's Soul

Bookstore

Weller Book Works

Reporter

Josh & Mi'ch

  • 1

    Question

    I was just wondering, how Stormlight 2 is coming?

    Brandon Sanderson

    How is Stormlight 2 going? It's going pretty well. This whole being trapped in a hotel during the storm thing was not actually as conducive as you might think. Cause I sat down and I worked on it for a bit but being away from home, being, you know, annoyed that I'm trapped in a hotel and things like that I actually ended up writing a short story I owed somebody instead, just to kind of further clear the plate.

    I owe Charlaine Harris a story. Charlaine's a friend and she's been a dear to me and she keeps trying to get me into one of her anthologies. And I'm like "Charlaine, this isn't really my thing," but she keeps asking so I finally said yes to one of them because the concept sounds fun, it was called Games Dead People Play. So I wrote her a story for her Games Dead People Play anthology. So we'll see about that.

    It was actually four thousand words; you can be impressed now. I don't write things very short very often, if you can't tell. My short stories are as long as the book you're holding in your hand usually. So that's how that tends to go. So four thousand words is really short for me; it's only like 20 pages or something, it's tiny. Anyway, Stormlight 2 is coming along well. Hopefully next Christmas-time is when it should be coming out. I'm supposed to be turning in a new title this week and a cover concept by the end of the month, so that Michael Whelan can paint one. So we will see if I'm able to keep these deadlines.

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    Question

    Do you have any future plans for the character of Stephen Leeds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, Stephen Leeds. So this is the main character from Legion. Legion is- actually kind of got some cool stories behind it. Legion, you know, is one of these quirky ideas I came up with. And actually since it was mainstream and things I said, "Hey Dan," talking to Dan Wells, my friend, "You should write this story, let me tell you about it." And he was not nearly as excited about it as I was. I'm like, "Dan, you need to write this story, you need to write this story." And finally I realized, "Oh, I should write this story cause I came up with the idea, rather than telling Dan to. It's okay, Brandon. You can write something mainstream".

    So, I kicked it around for a while. For me, I viewed it as being a television show, a pitch for a television show particularly. So I wrote a pitch on it, and I wrote that story to be kind of a pilot pitch. Which then sold the television rights on it, which was always kind of the goal for me was to get that because I view it as being a really awesome television show. So we sold the rights to Lionsgate and I went ahead and released the story that I wrote

    I would like to do more things like that. I have so much on my plate, who knows? My little notebook that I carry around places where I expect to be bored, it has scribblings, you know, of maybe a quarter of another Stephen Leeds story. I ran into a hangup with some of the science and so I fired off a furious email to Peter, my assistant, and he was like, "I don't know". And usually that doesn't happen with Peter on the science, so maybe it is a real quandry. So, answer is, yes there should be more. Hopefully we can get the television show off the ground and that would be a lot of fun.

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    Question

    Were there highstorms on Roshar before Adonalsium Shattered?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Were there highstorms on Roshar before Adonalsium Shattered? I'm gonna RAFO that. I'm not gonna answer you, because I'm mean. Maybe someday you shall have your answer to this important answer.

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    Question

    Who was the first Feruchemist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Who was the first Feruchemist? I don't have their name written down. [Laughter] It's fairly ancient of date.

    QUESTION

    Were they born or were they created?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The first Feruchemist, were they born or created? Both. [Laughter] I don't see those two as mutually exclusive. See how good I am at dodging questions, now? I've been dealing with the Wheel of Time fans long enough. They've really whipped me into shape for dodging questions. Anything else? I promise not to dodge all of them

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    Question

    Where is Alcatraz situated?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did not like how they were treated by the publisher. And this has got a lot of different arguments and reasons for it. I lost my editor after the first book and I didn't feel like the new editor really got the books. And the second cover was awful and the sales on the series after the first book were mediocre. Anyway I bought the books back from my publisher, from Scholastic.

    They got a sell-off period and I actually found out that it isn't until January 1st that their sell-off period ends, or I guess December 31st. So as of January 1st, I own the rights again. The UK is releasing an omnibus edition of all four together. And then I will eventually write the fifth book, at some future date, maybe this year after I finish with Stormlight 2. I really got to keep my eye on Stormlight 2 for a while. So, the answer is, kind of- stuff might happen. I mean, we will probably will, at least, release ebooks of them in the early part of next year, so they can be found. And there's also the omnibus edition, which I told the UK they could sell over here if they wanted to, so you can order it and things like that.

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    Question

    Does Elantrian conversion follow the Law of Sixteen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Does Elantrian conversion follow the Law of Sixteen? No. Good question, excellent question.

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    Question

    Okay Hoid, you mentioned he's in all your books, is he in also in all your shorter stories?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He is not in all of my shorter stories. In fact, he is not in any book that references Earth. So if there's a reference to Earth- most of my science fiction has referential stuff to Earth, Alcatraz is like this. He's not in anything like that. He's not in the Wheel of Time. It would not have been appropriate for me to seed something like that into a Wheel of Time book. So he's not in Steelheart or the other children works that I've done. But he is in all my epic fantasies.

    QUESTION

    Now my main question actually, which magic systems, if any, does he have access to?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That's an excellent question. He is familiar with very many of them, and lots that you haven't seen yet.

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    Question

    Where did you get your inspiration for having kind of a kind of consistent universe; it's kind of similar to Stephen King and things like that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, where did I get the inspiration for that? There's a couple of places, and I don't want to go off on this too long, if you go look on the Q&A database that these guys have on the 17th Shard you can find more.

    But there were really two things that made me do it. First off is reading how Asimov did it and really being impressed with what he did and also noticing that he had to like do some patches in order to make everything work. Asimov connected his Robot series and his Foundations series after the fact many years later. It turned out really well; the two series, as it turns out, blend together in a really cool way but it felt to me it felt after the fact . And I wanted to do something from the get-go and say, "Well, if I've got something like this as a model." Stephen King did it also, but he did it after the fact. But I've got writers like this as a model to show how cool this can be, so my question to myself is, "How much cooler can it be if I do it from book one?" And you know, it's the sort of advantages you get as a writer by standing on the shoulders of authors like that, who have done these awesome things in the past. It allows us to kind of see what they did and say, "Okay, how can I expand on this? How can I do something new, rather than just doing what Asimov did?" And one of the approaches was to try it from book one.

    And the other reasoning was that I like big epics but I also want to be writing a lot of stand-alones. And early in my career in particular, it was important for me to be writing stand-alones. And so the hidden epic behind the scenes allowed me to embed some of this depth of foreshadowing and connection in a way that would not be intimidating to readers because they could just read the story and enjoy the stand-alone. And then if it's something- if they're the type that really gets into this and really wants to dig deep, they can find the other level and be like, "Wow, there's an epic on here and Mistborn is a sequel to Elantris. I didn't know that," and things like that. Or they can be read completely independently and you never have to worry about that. So I like that versatility.

    I will eventually write some stories connecting all of these things in a more obvious way, but I don't want it to come to the forefront of any series that that's not already the focus. For instance, I don't want Way of Kings to be about that, because I've already promised you what Way of Kings is about. And I don't want then to trick you into, "Oh, now it's this other thing." I have books planned that will be that, but they're a little ways off.

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    Question

    My question is kind of twofold. So the Emperor's Soul takes place on Sel. Is it's magic derived from the Dor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Okay, and second, Mistborn, the broadsheet hints that there's a continent or whatever on the other side of the Mistborn planet.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    Would that also be connected to Allomancy and Feruchemy and all that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, it will be.

    So, I gave you a lot of answers. [laughter] To expand upon that, the magic systems for Elantris- the pitch to myself designing the world and magic system was this kind of procedural-based, almost programing-based magic. Where in Elantris, you use these characters to programout a sequence of events that tells the power flowing through what to do.

    What Shai is doing in this book is she carves a little seal. And the seal is very much like a little program, and she stamps it on something and uses that stamp to rewrite the history of the object. As long as the seal is there, the object thinks it has this other history. The example you see in the book is you know- an old dirty table that's not been cared for, she can write a seal for its history, she has to figure out what its history was first. And she can write out a seal that basically reprograms that past, so when she stamps it, it thinks it's been cared for all along and suddenly it gains this lacquer, it's beautiful, it's been well-cared for, because in that fake Forgery of the history, that's what happened to it. And that's what her magic does, which is why she's been hired to Forge a copy of the emperor's soul.

    [Ooooh]

    Yeah, I know I'm evil.

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    Question

    The Emperor's Soul lists The Rithmatist and Steelheart in your novels. Are there publication dates for those yet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Rithmatist and Steelheart? Both of these are coming out next year. The Rithmatist is the last book I wrote before being offered the Wheel of Time. It was the book I was working on and finishing. And it is a book about a boy who gets to go to a magic school, but he has no magical talents himself, he's the son of the cleaning lady so he gets free tuition. And so he gets to go to this high-class school and get this high-class education that also trains wizards but he can't do the magic, he just doesn't have the genetics for it. And it's a really fun book about a chalk-based magic where you basically play like a magical version of a tower defense game by drawing a circle around yourself in chalk and creating little beasties to go attack your opponent's chalk circle. The loser is the first one that gets their chalk circle breached. It's really fun and like I said, it's kind of a mashup between those two ideas; the idea of the Muggle at Hogwarts mixed with these chalk magics. So that's coming out next summer.

    And sometime next fall or the following year is Steelheart, which is a book I've been working on for a long time that I also developed as a Hollywood pitch. And it's about a world where people start gaining superpowers, but only evil people get them. And a big apocalypse basically happens because they just start taking over. And it's about a young man whose father was killed by one of these creatures called Epics, evil superheroes basically. And he joins a team, or seeks to join a team, that all they do is hunt down Epics, figure out what their weakness is, and assassinate them. And he wants them to assassinate Steelheart, the Emperor of Chicago, cause he thinks he might know what Steelheart's weakness is. So it's one of these wacky things that pops out of my brain occasionally and so that'll be coming out sometime eventually then. So thank you for giving me that wonderful marketing opportunity.

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    How long on the Emperor's Soul, from having it pop into your head in Taiwan to getting it on the page, about how long are you looking at it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    How long am I looking at it? This was thirty thousand words, I'd say probably two to three weeks actual writing time and then, you know, several drafts after that. About an equal time in revision is usually what it takes me on a book. So, probably this is a month and half's worth of work. The thing about that is it was spread between times when I was sending drafts to Harriet and having an open moment to sit down and, you know like, "Well I can't be working on the next draft of the Wheel of Time because I just sent this one in. I need to see what her response to these changes is, so I will take these three days and I will work on Emperor's Soul." And that's where it came from. Filling in the gaps, yeah. It's like pouring milk into the jar full of marbles, that's where, you know, this came from.

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    Question

    You sold the rights for Mistborn for a movie, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, I did sell Mistborn movie rights.

    QUESTION

    How is that coming along?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I have had no major updates, I'm afraid. You know, I really like the script. They're pitching it in Hollywood. They're good guys, the producers are. The script is really awesome and is pretty faithful. It's adapted in the ways that adaptations need to happen. Like it's really cool, like the beginning they did this thing where they said, "You know, we really need to focus the movie on Vin, so the opening needs to be on Vin instead of Kelsier." Which is a really good move for a movie like that that's got such a shorter length of time. So, you know, they start with Vin and Reen, actually. And you know, Vin being part of a heist that goes wrong, with her brother, and things like this. And you know, there's changes like that that thematically, you know, are the same concept as the book but then work really much better in the only two hour block that you have. Then Kelsier is a mysterious figure who invites her in and recruits her into the team, which works much better in that format. So there's changes like that.

    There's this really cool prologue where they start the prologue with the march up the mountain toward the Well of Ascension, a thousand years ago and an interaction there that changes into a stained glass window and then you see stained glass windows of the interim periods until you hit the Final Empire. So there's some really awesome stuff.

    So, we'll see if this actually ends up working or not. Again, if your father is the owner of Warner Brothers, go and put in a good word for me. We're kind of long shots because all we are is an author and several producers who have no major credits to their name. And I sold it to them specifically because- you know, I sold Alcatraz to Dreamworks for a lot of money and then I just had to like say goodbye to the project and I like what they did with it but it was basically they took the project. And I, for Mistborn, wanted to have more control which also means my chances of actually getting it made go down quite dramatically. Ask Orson Scott Card how long it took to get made Ender's Game made and you will see the same sort of thing, but then he's getting it made his way, eventually. So that's what I'd like to do with Mistborn if I have that option.

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    Question

    How is Birthright coming?

    Brandon Sanderson

    How is Birthright coming? Birthright has been, unofficially, moved back to 2014 in anticipation of the new console generation. I don't know that that's official, I don't even know that the new consoles are official or that we even know when they're coming, but the fact that the WiiU is coming out makes us think that we want a little extra time on Birthright. So, that's the Mistborn video game.

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    When does Emperor's Soul take place in relation to the events of Elantris?

    Brandon Sanderson

    After them.

    QUESTION

    Like how long after?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I haven't answered that yet.

    [Laughter]

    A lot of people keep asking. But after them, but not so far after them that the technology level has shifted, which I allow, in my worlds, to happen. And also not so far after that the Emperor's Soul- if you keep your eyes open you will see a Derethi priest in full armor. And so, not so far after that the kingdoms we are familiar with no longer exist. They do exist and the tech level has not shifted dramatically so you can use that to kind of ballpark for yourself, a range. It's certainly not thousands of years later, in other words.

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    If Stephen Leeds read your books would he get you as an aspect or a 17th Sharder?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Definitely a 17th Sharder. Definitely definitely, it'd be one of these guys. [Points to Josh and Mi'ch]

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    Question

    Do you mind if I ask a Wheel of Time question?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I don't mind at all.

    QUESTION

    The group that I'm a part of on Facebook has a list going of things we want to ask you.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Ooooh, okay!

    QUESTION

    So I'm trying to ask one that's not gonna get a Read And Find Out.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Okay.

    QUESTION

    Do the women in Randland shave?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    [Laughter] Wow, I've never been asked that. Oh wow, I don't know. I honestly don't know.

    QUESTION

    It's been bothering me since I started the series.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Wow. That's an excellent question. Ask Maria, she might actually know. That's the sort of thing that's probably buried in the notes somewhere. You can ask another one since I didn't know. You can go down a few and if I have to RAFO, then I will but is there another one you can ask that might get an answer?

    QUESTION

    Maybe, you're going to have to forgive me if I mispronounce...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That's all right.

    QUESTION

    What did Moridin mean by the Fisher King being a dim remnant of a memory of Rand al'Thor?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    There are lots of ways to interpret that I will give you one interpretation. And that is that it is a memory from the last time that Rand al'Thor did what he did. And that those stories were passed on and passed on and so now he is following legends about himself. Does that make sense?

    QUESTION

    Yeah.

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    Question

    Weíve been arguing about how to pronounce the character, either itís ďSay-zedĒ or ďSayzdĒ?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, thatís one of the most contentious name decisions that Iíve chosen. Before I tell you the answer, I will preface it by saying I donít say the names right, in a lot of times. For instance I say ďE-lawn-trisĒ like everyone else, but in world they say ďElayn-trisĒ because of the system of language thatís been built. I say ďKel-seerĒ and they say ďKel-see-ay,Ē in-world. And so Iím American and I use my pronunciations I say ďSay-zedĒ.

    However, that may not be the way they actually say it. And beyond that, every reader of a book has the ability to rewrite the book as they wish. A book doesnít exist until youíve read it. I write a script, I write- I get you hopefully seventy five percent of the way there but the last twenty-five percent is you, itís participatory. And as you write, you create the images of them in your own imagination and that becomes the right interpretation for you. And you have line [inaudible] veto.

    When I read Anne McCaffreyís books the dragons are these unpronounceable things in my head that I could never actually because itís just something a dragon can say. And it has very little relationship to the letters that are there on the page. I have a friend, who when he reads the Wheel of Time- the first time when Thom Merrilin shows up in the books, on screen, it says he has these big drooping moustaches. My friend said, ďNo he doesnít.Ē And he cannot imagine Thom Merrilin with a moustache. To me, the moustache is an integral part of who Thom Merrilin is. Itís like him, heís the moustached guy! Well, theres a couple other moustached guys but Thomís the first moustached guy in the Wheel of Time! And so, you have the right to say it however you want.

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    Question

    So, do the Parshendi need a highstorm to change forms?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They do, good guess! Excellent question.

    QUESTION

    Do they eat?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Do they eat? Yes.

    QUESTION

    So, they eat like grains and stuff like that?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    You will find out, but they do eat.

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    If you donít finish all of your books in the series that youíre in, would you be willing to give that opportunity to someone else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah of course, Iíd be a complete hypocrite if I wasnít, right? [Laughs] Yeah totally, Iíll have like one of these guys write it. [Points to Josh and Miích] Weíll call up Pat Rothfuss, ďHey Pat,Ē and then youíll get it in like thirty years.

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    When you were talking about the Rithmatist, you said that he wasnít genetically capable of doing magic and I was wondering if you actually had like a genetic system for how...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, this one actually isnít genetic. I said genetic, but itís not. But I donít want to give away what it is that makes someone use the magic in that world. I did actually develop a genetic magic system that was very interesting that is in a book that didnít get published.

    QUESTION

    Is it going to get published?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Probably not, but I might recycle the magic eventually.

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    The name of the metal escapes me, but itís the one that allows you to speed up your own bubble while everything else is outside of you, in Mistborn. What happens if you have that and you burn the duralumin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is an excellent question. The trick about that is you would have to be Mistborn to do that. Or you would have to have one other specific set of circumstances because- yeah Iím not gonna get into it. But you basically have to be Mistborn and there arenít Mistborn anymore.

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    How do you keep your characters straight, among all the characters that you have to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I donít know, it just happens. Characters are just one of those things. Like I always have trouble describing how I write my characters, because characters just kind of happen. I plan my plots, I plan my worlds, and characters I write my way into to make them work. And I have a hard time explaining to people how I develop them. They just are who they are, if that makes sense.

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    Do you have any advice for approaching agents?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Have you listened to my podcast or watched my-?

    QUESTION

    Iím familiar with it, Writing Excuses?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    We have a couple agents on, you can go look for those agent podcasts and we interview them about what should new authors do, that can be helpful. I have an entire university lecture on agents at writeaboutdragons, and itís like an hour of me talking about approaching agents and what they do and things like that. The only piece I can give you right now is try and find a way that you can make a personal connection with them. Try and go to a con that theyíre at, follow their blog, read books by their authors, have some sort of personal connection so you can know who they are rather than just submitting blind.

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    How involved were you in the development of the adventure game?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Medium level, in that I would go and say, ďThis is the type of role playing game I like,Ē and then they would come back and say, ďHereís the mechanics we're thinking of using.Ē and Iíd say, ďHey, thatís cool...Ē So I did get to sign off on it.

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    Question

    Is there an odiumspren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will find out what there is.

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    Can Odium pick up pieces of a Shard without changing the nature of his Shard?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Any investiture, over time, will slowly change oneís personality, no matter how small that investiture.

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    In the prologue it sounds like Lews Therin balefires himself, and then is reborn as Rand alíThor.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He does not balefire himself, so I can answer that. He does not.

    QUESTION

    So itís just something that sounds a lot like balefire?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes- well thereís various interpretations of what happens there. He um- yeah thereís various interpretations of what actually killed him. If you go look and read closely, what actually killed him may be- could be subject to some debate.

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    I would like to know how you met Patrick Rothfuss, how did you guys become friends?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The first time we met was actually on the forums for a webcomic.

    QUESTION

    Which webcomic?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Penny Arcade. Because I occasionally go to- Penny Arcade had a writing forum and I would occasionally go to the writing forums. I wouldnít hang out on most other forums, but any place that had an active writing forum I hung out on, I like to chat with people about writing and things like that. And Pat got on and gave somebody feedback. Somebody else trashed him for his feedback. And I wrote back to Pat and said, ďDonít listen to him, your feedback was awesome and also if youíre who I think you are, your bookís really good.Ē And that was back when it was only out in hardcover, he didnít take off until his book came out in paperback. Thatís when he got really popular. So, it was before he was popular. But heíd made waves already in the publishing community. And so he wrote back and said, ďWow, who are you?Ē And we just started chatting and then we started hanging out at cons after that.

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    Question

    The question is, can you read it (the Alethi alphabet)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I canít read it, Isaac can.

    JOSH

    Isaac canít read it.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Canít he?

    Josh

    No.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    He came up with it!

    I told you where it came from, the writing system, right? That I told Isaac, ďI want it to look like waveforms,Ē and he developed it to look like waveforms on the little thing when you speak voice- and things like that, and that was my goal for the [writing] system was something that was a line with waveforms across it. And he developed it then.

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    Question

    How do you buy a contract with a kandra in Alloy of Law time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You donít, good question. Thereís two of them in Alloy of Law. Shadows of Self has quite a big part with a kandra.

    Footnote

    The two kandra in Alloy of Law were TenSoon as Constable Brettin in the end and MeLaan as the woman who gave Wax his Pathian earring.

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    I want to know if the Seventeenth Shard members come from all of the planets, not just Sel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    They come from multiple planets. You have seen Seventeenth Shard members from several planets already.

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    Okay, I also want to know if there are other ways to Worldhop aside then what Hoid uses.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    Do you have any inclination and/or permission to write anything after A Memory of Light or involved in the same world?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I do not have permission or inclination. Mostly because I donít think that Robert Jordan would have wanted it to continue. If Harriet decides she wants to do more I would probably say yes, if she asked me, to the prequels, because we at least know he wanted to do those. But my instinct says we should just let it be done.

    We might see them as video games. I really would love to see them done as videogames. Because thatís not canon, but you can still experience the story. Anyway, something like that.

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    What colors do you play (MTG)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am historically Azorius, so white blue, though occasionally Esper so white, blue, black. If I had to pick one, itís going to be white.

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    Shardplate, does it have to be fitted by a smith or does it just kind of magically...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It magically fits to you.

    JOSH

    Iíd like to see it fit to someone three foot tall.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    If itís within reason, it can fit.

    QUESTION

    But they do weld stuff to it to it?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    They weld stuff to it to ornament it.

    QUESTION

    But that doesnít really stick?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It wonít stay, it can get cut off and things like that. Yeah, and they paint them and things.

    QUESTION

    So the actual color is gray, right?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Dalinarís color is the actual color.

    QUESTION

    He doesnít have it painted, yeah. Itís kind of stone, right?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Itís not really stone, itís more like a deep metallic, like an unbuffed steel sort of metallic. A dark charcoal metallic.

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    I think I remember hearing you say before that Mistborn was going to be three trilogies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It'll be three trilogies, yes.

    QUESTION

    With the technology advancing and going faster than light...?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, the FTL is built into the magic systems and so there will be something where they figure out how to do that with the magic and spaceships will be propelled using that.

    QUESTION

    Okay, awesome, just wanted to double check that.

    JOSH

    Expanding bubbles around the engines and around the ships?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    You will see, you will see.

    JOSH

    Someone on the site actually has-

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Actually figured it out?

    QUESTION

    Has a very convincing theory.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    They're missing a very big important piece of the puzzle that you won't get for a few more books.

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    So we actually had a question. So the Shardplate, so like if you were to break up the Shardplate shirt first and then start regenerating it over a short person would it regrow to full size?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A little person? A little person could probably find a way to get their Shardplate to regenerate to their size.

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