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Barnes & Noble B-Fest 2016 ()
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Questioner

So, when I was reading this, Prof's power manifested, and I'm just curious, Limelight, that became his name. Were his powers green before he met David?

Brandon Sanderson

Yes. So, they picked the term "limelight" in part because his powers were green.

Questioner

But didn't David already plan to call him Limelight before? When David initially came up with the plan for getting over Steelheart, he already had the name Limelight picked out?

Brandon Sanderson

I don't think he did. But if he did, we'll just say happy coincidence. Prof did not use the name Limelight before that point. They started using it as the way that they were going to... yeah.

Firefight Atlanta signing ()
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Questioner

<audio obscured> in the Firefight-- The Reckoners series, was there a particular character you gave the <audio obscured>

Brandon Sanderson

So the question is: In The Reckoners, was there a particular power that I gave to someone because I just thought that power was cool. And yeah, the tensors. They can turn things to dust. For years I'd been walking around looking at our society where we have all this metal and this wood around, and things like that. I just loved the idea of just being able to turn it to dust. Maybe it's like a "reducing things to their more primal state" or whatever-- but anyway it was one of those magics that was in my head for a while. And really superheros are magic. I don't pretend that they're science fiction, they're magic. So I just designed these magics that feel cool to me.

White Sand vol.1 release party ()
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Questioner

So at the end of Calamity...

Brandon Sanderson

Mhm.

Questioner

You did sort of leave me hanging in the dark on a few <favors>. And you said that when you finish a book you sort of go on a little bit.

Brandon Sanderson

Okay, so, what do you want to know?

Questioner

What happened to Jonathan Phaedrus. I've got three theories.

Brandon Sanderson

So, okay, tell me your theories. *brief interruption*

Questioner

My theory is... One, he could self destruct. Two, he could become a dark hero. Three, Megan could develop her talents enough and bring Tia back from the *inaudible* she was in. Or some combination of the other three.

Brandon Sanderson

Prof is not heading toward evil. 

Questioner

Obviously.

Brandon Sanderson

His trajectory is turned away from that. He is very seriously disturbed by what happens. And in the next book...

Questioner

Oh, there is another book?

Brandon Sanderson

If I write another book it will be about Mizzy. Her viewpoint. I haven't promised I will, but-- I mean, in the next book-- I have an outline for the next book, and in that Prof has kind of become a recluse, and things like this. It would be possible to find a Tia from another dimension and bring her through. Prof won't accept that as Tia.

Questioner

See that's what I was thinking.

Brandon Sanderson

That's the problem.

Questioner

But I can see him becoming sort of a dark <brooding> hero type...

Brandon Sanderson

Yeah, so, we'll see. I may not keep to these things when I actually write the book. Write now I have him retiring to-- not retiring, just kind of going off for a while, if that makes sense?

Questioner

Maybe he'll go back to teaching science.

Brandon Sanderson

And not accepting the Tia from the Firefight dimension as actually Tia.