Would a savant look different in the spiritual realm than a regular human?
Would a savant look different in the spiritual realm than a regular human?
How well would Jasnah and Khriss get along?
Uhhhm, I would say that they would get along well, like scholars from different disciplines, meaning with respect for the other's discipline.
Can forgery change eye or hair color?
It could theoretically change eye or hair color
Have we seen the Ones Above before they gained space flight and when does Sixth of Dusk take place cosmere timeline wise?
Yes,+it is the most "future" you have seen.
What would Rock's name mean translated directly to English?
You want the poem? I've got the poem somewhere, I can't quote the poem at you, I'm sorry. Maybe I'll release it someday. I do have the poem, it's not that long. It's more like a Haiku style poem.
With reversals fabrials, if one fell and sat on the ground will the other one continue to rise due to the gravity affecting the one on the ground?
No, good question.
Is it theoretically possible to Hemalurgically spike a Shard into someone else, and if so, what would be the outcome?
A full shard? Hemalurgy could not hold that much of an Invested charge... not... yeah, like a hemallurgic spike really couldn't hold that much. Not without something really weird happening, so.
Could a person Soulcast more atium and lerasium if they had a bead?
No. Investiture messes things like that up.
In the end, how many bridge runs did Kaladin go on?
I didn't count them, uhhm, dozens. Probably not hundreds.
Can you give us any information on Rall Elorim?
Uhhhm, no other than its called City of Shadows for a reason.
What is Proving Day in Vorin mythology?
Uhhhm, equivalent of bar mitzvah.
Last year I asked you if shadows turn the wrong way in the cognitive realm for a reason, you said to basically think of it like important flavor text. Is this happening because people are being drawn towards the Beyond?
Um, yea that's part of it. Definitely.
Is Yolen named after Jane Yolen?
Yes, ok. I've always wondered.
One of the early fantasy books I read was Dragon's Blood, and so I named it after her.
Are sandlings from white sand an early concept for crustaceans on Roshar, with greatshells being a parallel to deep sandlings?
No, um, the idea for white sand came first, and it was more that I was exploring divergent ecology, but I've been doing that in Dragonsteel and in White Sand and in here with Roshar. I would say that the fact that white sand hadn't been published meant that I could do something's that were similar without worrying about repeating myself, but it's not like I used them specifically as models.
*jokingly* So are we going to get to see little dragons running around in Dragonsteel?
Uh, well, in Dragonsteel the dragons are sapient, so when I write Dragonsteel I will put dragons in there, but the dragons are intelligent and uh, can take human form, but there are actual little dragons.
Wait, they can take human form?
Yes, yes, yup.
Can Odium change written word on Roshar like Ruin could on Scadrial?
*apprehensive* This is not really a thing that Odium does. Um, yea.
Was Sadeas ever affected directly by Odium or an Unmade, not counting the Thrill?
NOT counting the Thrill, ok uhhhhm. There are affects of other unmade around, and Odium's effect - direct effect? I'm going to say, no, maybe some indirect effects.
What about Roshone?
Uhhhm, no. The Thrill is the main thing that is getting the Alethi so, I mean, there are others around, but it's not as obvious with that as with other things.
Did any countries not pass an equivalent of the Capitulation Act?
Some did, some didn't. For example, Canada didn't… and things didn't go very well for them.
Are the areas where they didn't livable?
Well, livable is a broad definition. For some people, Newcago is livable.
Was Adonalsium Shattered by an external force?
Adonalsium was not Shattered by himself, herself, or itself.
As I understand it, Nightblood is most comparable to a Shardblade. However, unlike a Shardblade, Nightblood requires constant input of Investiture in order to realize his full destructive potential. Why is this?
Vasher kind of hacked in order to imitate another magic system. Shardblades are organic parts of the world they are on, but Nightblood is a bunch of souls stuffed into something. Nightblood is like a Frankenstein.
I asked him why he didn’t mention how Jews felt about Rithmatics.
He said that they had conflicting feelings about it and different ones had different ideas - they also had their own lore about it.
Tell me something about the cosmere that has not been previously mentioned.
Long ago there was a plot to destroy Adonalsium. It failed.
Twenty-first - any future children's books?
Yes, really enjoys it. Nothing until after Steelheart/Rithmatist/Alcatraz, but wants to write about a world where wireless energy happens naturally and everything is electrified. That'll be the next kids' book, but it'll take a bit to get the science right. Also discusses plot from POV of the "Dark One" who is fated to be killed by the Chosen Hero - this might be the plot for the electrified planet but maybe not, as it's definitely Cosmere.
Twentieth - are there any characters you dislike writing about and would like to kill off?
Joking answer: Cadsuane from WoT, someone else from WoT - Masema.
Nineteenth - who would finish the Cosmere if he couldn't.
Maybe Brent Weeks.
Eighteenth - Is his wife here?
No; she's home with the kids because touring is kind of miserable.
Seventeenth - how many series in the Cosmere?
36 novels, don't tell some people because they'll get scared. (Mistborn is 9, Stormlight is 10, Dragonsteel is the prequel and those are the core; everything else will be a trilogy or one-off and some might be novellas.)
Sixteenth - there's a rumor about a second Elantris book.
Yes, that's coming someday, but Stormlight is the priority. Current schedule: Firefight is done, Rithmatist 2 is next, Stormlight 3 after that (working title might still be Stones Unhallowed if he can get it out before Rothfuss finishes Doors of Stone)
Fifteenth - Is there something that inspires the strength of his female characters?
His mother graduated first in her class in accounting in a year when she was the only woman in the accounting department. First three fantasy writers he read were female (Melanie Rawn, Anne McCaffrey, and one other I missed) to the point where when someone tried to give him Eddings he said he didn’t think men could write the genre.
Fourteenth - Have you ever considered writing a horror novel or dark fantasy?
Yes, played with it, wrote a short story for a Charlene Harris anthology coming out this year and a book called 'Death by Pizza’ about a necromancer running a pizza shop. Is glad dark fantasy exists, but 'fantasy is the language of imagination and the language of hope’ (quoting Robert Jordan) and will write about mostly people he would like to be/admires.
Thirteenth - Do the Windrunners have any Surges that Szeth doesn't have?
RAFO because it's explained in WoR.
Twelfth - is it challenging to write from the POV of a female character and why/why not.
Early on - yes it was, now less so. problem was: treated characters other than the main character as roles only, centered around main character. "writing characters without giving them their due". "You have to be able to write the other. Every character has to be a piece of you and a piece of not you." discusses Jasnah in particular. Point of literature is "to see what it’s like to be people who aren't us".
Eleventh - Who's your favorite Firefly character?
Tenth - third son born during WoR, did that affect the writing process?
Yes, can now pick out when children are written poorly in books. family keeps him grounded; writing is about our world, not the fantasy world, and family reminds him of that.
Ninth - target audience
"Honestly I want everyone to read my books"; WoK/SA is targeted at epic fantasy lovers, Mistborn is more approachable for heist novels, Alcatraz books are written at himself at age 13 (kid too clever for their own good but convinced that books are boring).
Eighth - favorite character from Stormlight and why
Obligatory "like picking a favorite child".
Seventh - By the end of The Stormlight Archive will you look into the minds of everyone who will develop powers?
No. Lists flashback characters; the next three are, in order: Szeth, Eshonai, and Dalinar.
Sixth - when he comes up with a new magic system, what's the first basic thing he works on?
References Sanderson's First Law; magic limitations come first.
Fifth - Favorite fictional curse word
the ones from Alcatraz, esp. Grandpa Smedry's cursing by SF/F writers.
Fourth - Outside of books, what influences his writing?
1. People he knows (Sarene is based on a friend, etc; also includes character conflicts)
2. Cinema, especially when it does something poorly and he wants to do it better
3. video games may be an influence, unsure.
Third - when is the fifth Alcatraz book?
Whole series will be re-released next year, last book will probably come out with it. new versions will have artwork!
Second - most difficult character interaction he's ever written.
Mat and someone else from WoT, didn't catch it because it's a bit noisy but apparently they're both liars.
First question is about a joke - writing a book with Rothfuss with competing teams of characters, giving it to GRRM for the ending - sounds like it probably won't happen but both Sanderson and Rothfuss have apparently joked about it.
I also asked him about Terris food.
He said that he imagines it to be like Mediterranean food. He also allows that it could totally involve noodles.
I asked him about what the board refers to as "reverse" compounding - i.e., using Feruchemy to enhance Allomancy, rather than the other way around. I wanted to make sure that it was really a thing that exists.
He said that it was.
Is this what the Southern Scadrians have been doing?
It's similar, but not exactly the same.
Are any of the Lord Ruler's descendants alive at the time of Alloy of Law?
This guy [in the broadsheet], is that Nazh...
Nazh, yeah. Nazh. It's short for something.
Could Hemalurgy be performed anywhere in the Cosmere
So Hemalurgy is unique because not only can the power of Ruin be accessed anywhere (not just on Scadrial), but also by anyone (not just someone who's invested)?
It is weird that way.
I asked him if a feruchemist were to visit Earth and tap Duralumin, could they do something as involved as talk local sports with someone?
No -- when you trick your spirit into thinking it's from where you're currently tapping, it's not a full transformation, like Sel-ish magic making a copy.. It doesn't just fill your head with things from the place you're visiting.
What happens to the investiture that nightblood 'consumes'?
He also signed my WoR and I asked him to write something about the Unmade:"Most of the Unmade are not what we would call sapient. But a few are different..."