Skyward San Diego signing

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Pending review
Name Skyward San Diego signing
Date
Date Nov. 7, 2018
Location
Location San Diego, CA
Tour
Tour Skyward
Bookstore
Bookstore Mysterious Galaxy
Entries
Entries 16
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Tiek00n [PENDING REVIEW]

What would happen if Lift ate aluminum or other Allomantic metals? 

Brandon [PENDING REVIEW]

Lift would not be able to do anything with Allomantic metals. Good question.

Tiek00n [PENDING REVIEW]

Does that include turn them into Stormlight?

Brandon [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, that includes turn them into Stormlight.

#2 Copy

GoufCustom [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Hoid. He seems to know all of the legends and lore in the worlds he goes to. Is this by mundane or magical means?

Brandon [PENDING REVIEW]

Both!

#3 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, the sixteen Shards. Is it possible that there are more than sixteen, yet they do not know of them?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

This would be possible but I'll just go ahead and tell you no there aren't. That'll stop a lot of theorizing, though it is possible that Shards have been divided and things like this. And so you can call two subsets... But it's kind of like there are twelve tribes of Israel. They became twelve other tribes of Israel. There were still twelve because two were the sons of one. Yeah, stuff like that.

Footnote: Brandon was referring to Ephraim and Manasseh, sons of Joseph. The land of Israel was divided among twelve tribes that were slightly different from the original twelve, as Joseph's was replaced by those of his sons and Levi's was not a landed tribe.
#4 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know about Harmony but is it possible for like two Shards to procreate and make a brand new Shard?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is a Read And Find Out. Assume I'm not hiding too much from you in that realm, but there will be some fiddly bits as we go further in the cosmere about stuff like that.

#5 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You mentioned White Sands Volume 3. Do we have a release date for that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We do not have a release date but the script is done. We like the script. We've fixed slatrification, we hope. The ending is much improved over the novel in our humble opinions.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You published that as part of Arcanum Unbounded...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Just the sample. If you want to read the whole prose edition, just sign up for the newsletter. It sends you a link to download it. Or you can just ask from the 17th Shard. I let them distribute that. The ending of that has one really good element and one really bad element, and we took out the bad element and focused on the good element. I think it really kinda came together.

#6 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With the Shards and them kind of splitting pre-Adonalsium, was it really Shattered on Yolen or is there a different place?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, it gets a little sticky for various reasons, but you can assume that that's a yes, that what it appears to be is correct. The story would take place on Yolen but it gets messy, because there's some weirdness about the planet.

#7 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Regarding Dysian Aimians. The cremlings that make them up are spread about in a large area...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They can lose touch if the distance is too far. They can lose contact with the mind of the whole thing.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Would their Cognitive aspect be affected by that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes it would be. I'll just leave it there, but yes.

#8 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How many diamond chips does <Zahel> require to <survive>?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. We will actually be releasing this pretty soon. But I actually have used my prerogative as a famous author to force some others to actually do the number crunching and the math of it. And so we will have a straight up unit measurement for you of various things coming up pretty soon. Once the number crunchers are done, you will know.

#9 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

When magic Invested in an object... does the Investiture act like electrons when it reacts with the matter?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not quite, but I could see that metaphor working to explain it. But it's not quite there. If you had a piece of Invested material from the cosmere here, you would not be able to measure the Investiture in any way. It occupies a space that doesn't exist in our universe, if that makes sense. But in the cosmere you could measure it scientifically with an instrument that would *inaudible* like trying to measure a dimension that we can't perceive, something like that. The electron argument is a decent one, but it's not exactly how I'm imagining it.

#10 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a Parshendi were to attain Allomancy and burn Bronze, how would they feel about the Bronze pulses?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They would feel that they were somewhat familiar but a little odd.

#11 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If someone were to create a human shape with full articulations made out of the four Feruchemical Spiritual metals and copper and do like a full dump into them, would it be able to... I mean, Investiture attains sapience on its own. If those were mixed with the copper would it be able to effectively become [an] android of the person who created it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So we got a couple of issues you have to overcome in creating this. Number one, the memories are not gonna attune to the Investiture itself, they're gonna be attuned to you. The Investiture as it attains sapience is gonna create its own Identity, which is then going to be a mismatch for those memories. So you would have to find a way to get those memories to work for that creation.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

It wouldn't tie with the Identity that was *inaudible* aluminum?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No it would not. The other thing you were getting at there though, is that just Investing it alone, you would have to leave it alone for a long time naturally for it to start developing anything. And so we're looking at thousands of years probably. There are ways to speed that process along, but just doing that and leaving it, it's gonna take a while.

#12 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are we gonna see any other viewpoints from the Heralds?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. I mean, Taln and Ash are both main characters, right? But you should see other viewpoints of other Heralds as we progress... the ones that survive long enough to get viewpoints.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Are they gonna be viewpoints in this current timeline?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

You will see more in this current timeline. I know specifically several that are going to be interludish sort of things coming up.

#13 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You mentioned that the Heralds could sense each other's location...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

*inaudible* In that version of the story, he actually gets his sword and it leads him not to the other Heralds but the other Honorblades. He was mistaken even about that power because they have never separated from them before. And so, he thinks that he's going to find the other Heralds and he just finds the abandoned Blades.

It was very cool in the context of that book. But of course, where the other Honorblades are now is not necessarily a mystery anymore. It doesn't kinda work in the current continuity.

#14 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Where were you in your writing process for Elantris. I know it was your sixth book and you were on your nineteenth when you got it published or...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, good question. So, where was I in my process when I wrote Elantris and when I got published, which was my sixth novel. So what happened with my career, it's kind of a very weird thing. You find that everybody has a different path to success as a writer. I heard early on that your first five books are generally terrible and this was really relieving to me, because I... a part of my brain... this would not... someone else, this might've been the worst thing to tell them. But for me it was the best thing because my brain said, "okay, good, you don't have to be any good at this for your first five books". And so my first five books I experimented quite a bit in story and tone. I did a gritty cyberpunkish thing. I did a comedy. I did an epic fantasy. I tried a lot of... I did a space opera. I did a lot of different things. And once I had done all that, I came back and said, "You know, my first love is epic fantasy, and it's what I really want to do." So I sat down to write book number 6, which was Elantris. And at that point, I had gotten a few books underneath me. I kind of knew what I was doing, though I was not—I hadn't figured out my process quite as well as I would have liked. Elantris and a lot of the books during that era I did a lot more discovery writing, and I naturally am better when I have a stronger outline. But that's where I was. My biggest weakness as a writer at that point was revision. I had spent those five early books just trying different things, and that permission for me to not be good yet also kind of gave me the psychological ability to be like, "Well, I don't have to revise this one, because I don't have to be good yet." But what that meant is I didn't practice revision. So once I finished Elantris, I was not good enough yet to know how to take a good book and make it great. So it went the rounds in New York and got rejected; rightly so, because it was very flabby and had not been focused. And I know, from a guy who writes thousand-page books, focus is a weird thing to say. *laughter* And so, when I actually sold Elantris to Tor, it was after it had gone through four or five drafts and I had finally sat down and kind of buckled down and said I need to learn revision and learn how to make my books better. So I sold it right after... right while I was working on Way of Kings in 2002, 2003, somewhere around there.

#15 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Does Vivenna appear anywhere other than Warbreaker and Stormlight, so far?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So far, no. Good question.

#16 Copy

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What has been the craziest, most off-the-wall, unexpected kind of feedback you've ever gotten—

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Ooh. *crowd laughs*

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

—you know kind of how it <sent you in the right> direction.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Wow, craziest off-the-wall feedback I've ever gotten and what direction did it send me. I have so much trouble with these things. Some people ask me the line "what's the weirdest thing a fan has had you write in a book". And I know, if I took the time, I could think of it, but off the top of my head it's kind of hard. I'm not sure what the craziest, most off-the-wall sort of feedback I've gotten. I've given a lot of crazy, off-the-wall feedback. Legion, which we have here, came about because I was trying to convince my friend Dan Wells to write this book. *crowd laughs* "Oh, you could do this thing, and it could be like schizophrenia but not really, it could be a superpower," and he's like, "Brandon, that's not a Dan Wells book. <That right there> is a Sanderson book". And so I ended up writing the book, but that has happened. I've given weird feedback. I'd have to think about that one a little more.

Event details
Name
Pending review
Name Skyward San Diego signing
Date
Date Nov. 7, 2018
Location
Location San Diego, CA
Tour
Tour Skyward
Bookstore
Bookstore Mysterious Galaxy
Entries
Entries 16
This event is pending review from Dragonsteel Entertainment. There may be some errors in how questions were answered.
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