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Old 08-19-2014, 09:47 AM
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Werthead (aka Adam Whitehead, sci-fi/fantasy blogger) moderated a Wheel of Time panel at WorldCon in London on Saturday. Harriet and Maria, along with authors Wesley Chu and Peter Brett, were on the panel. He posted a summary of the discussion at Dragonmount.

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At Worldcon I had the pleasure of moderating a panel featuring Harriet, Maria and fantasy authors Wesley Chu and Peter Brett, who spoke about the influence of Wheel of Time on their works. However, there was a fair amount of discussion by Harriet about the new companion volume to the series. This can be summed up as follows:
  • The Wheel of Time Encyclopedia is dead! Long live The Wheel of Time Companion as it will now officially be called.
  • The book will be 350,000 words long (comparable to several of the novels in the series; the longest, The Shadow Rising, is 389,000 words).
  • The book will feature a lot of new artwork, arranged by Irene Gallo at Tor.
  • Publication date likely to be November 2015.
  • The book will feature all of the already-published maps and also some new ones, including one of Thakan'dar.
  • The book will have a large vocabulary of the Old Tongue, with a minimum of 1,000 words.
  • The book will feature character profiles and sketches for almost every character in the series. Even Bela has her own entry.
  • The book will be written from a post-AMoL POV. It will have spoilers for the entire series.

In addition to info on the world book, Harriet revealed some more details generally about the series:
  • The series is finished and done. Tor offered a lot of money and tried to persuade Harriet into doing more, but Harriet put her foot down and said no. The Wheel of Time ends with AMoL and the companion volume.
  • There were several unfulfilled contracts when Robert Jordan passed away, including for the Seanchan trilogy and (I think) several books of Infinity of Heaven. Apparently the money involved was massive, worth many times the value of Harriet's house. Tor worked with the estate to re-write the contracts to substitute the companion book instead.
  • Robert Jordan wrote one line about the planned Seanchan trilogy: Mat Cauthon playing dice in a grubby alleyway in Ebou Dar (not verbatim). That was it.
  • Harriet thinks she named about 75% of the chapters in the series.
  • Harriet vocally re-enacted Bela's death-whinney from AMoL.
  • The panel spent an intense five minutes arguing about Bela's death. When I tried to suggest that we talk about the human characters who died, no-one was really interested. It was all about Bela.
  • Jordan tried to protect Maria from spoilers in the work he had her do for him. She eventually persuaded him she could handle them. Almost the first thing he then gave her was Verin's full backstory. This was somewhere around the time Path of Daggers came out.
  • The oddest research request was Jordan asking how babies feel when they are born. This was eventually used in the bonding scene in Winter's Heart.
  • The movie/TV rights situation is beginning to become clearer. Red Eagle sold the film rights on to Universal and it now looks like the rights could return to the Jordan Estate at some point. There is apparently interest from other companies in the rights given the success of other fantasy projects on TV and in film at the moment.

All in all, a good panel and some interesting stuff came out of it
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Would require some additional padding to turn it into a trilogy, I think.
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I was planning to do also a summary, so i will do that later

But the panel was really fun. The summary doesn't really do it justice
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Did anyone else start to freak out before reading the next sentence?

Too bad it's still a while off, but the 350,000 word count is pretty awesome.
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I'm just looking forward to the Old Tongue dictionary. I've been wanting this dictionary ever since I started reading WoT.

Also, I can't wait for Nov. 2015!
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That's just awful...I'm happy she was able to work something out but I can't imagine having that sort of stress to deal with after losing one's spouse to a horrible disease.
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Too bad it's still a while off, but the 350,000 word count is pretty awesome.
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Glad to have some news finally. The 2015 release date is a bummer, but at least this gives me time to read the BWB I bought a year ago and never opened
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hehehehe


well, don't put too much into what the BWB SAYS, there is quite a bit of stuff that is...off.

The illustrations rock though.
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