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2017-02-01 An Evening with Brandon Sanderson - Provo City Library, Provo, UT

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Is anyone planning to go to this on Wednesday this week?  I just got the email.

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Brandon has an event with the Provo City Library on February 1st:

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AuthorLink with Brandon Sanderson

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 7:00PM

The Children’s Literature Association of Utah invites you to spend an evening talking about reading and writing with international best-selling fantasy author Brandon Sanderson.

Free tickets for this event will be available at the First Floor Reference Desk and online beginning January 18th.

Edit: *grumbles about getting ninja'd by dougpgc*

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If anyone does go, could I suggest a question to ask?

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Ah, darn!  Hmm, I wonder if someone there will be recording it, or taking notes..

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The website says that tickets went "on sale" for this event on January 18, but it wasn't posted on the website until a few days ago, and tickets were already sold out. I have signed up for the newsletter, but never got a notification about the event. Does anyone know how we can be made aware of signings like this a little earlier?

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1 hour ago, BranSanFan said:

The website says that tickets went "on sale" for this event on January 18, but it wasn't posted on the website until a few days ago, and tickets were already sold out. I have signed up for the newsletter, but never got a notification about the event. Does anyone know how we can be made aware of signings like this a little earlier?

Looks to me like it might have been Team Sanderson dropping the ball on this one, or maybe Brandon was just a late addition to the agenda. This wasn't even listed with the events on his website until very recently. So, I think you've done everything right, but this might have been a less-than-optimal situation.

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On 1/30/2017 at 11:38 AM, bleeder said:

If anyone does go, could I suggest a question to ask?

I'm here. Shoot.

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3 minutes ago, PelaoFeliz said:

I'm here. Shoot.

Something I've been wondering about is whether Brandon, as he's been working on planning The Apocalypse Guard (and to a lesser extent Snapshot), has come up with some sort of organizational scheme for the different iterations of Earth. Marvel and DC both just do Earth-#, will he do the same, or something different? I don't know if that is interesting to non-wiki people though...

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1 hour ago, WeiryWriter said:

Something I've been wondering about is whether Brandon, as he's been working on planning The Apocalypse Guard (and to a lesser extent Snapshot), has come up with some sort of organizational scheme for the different iterations of Earth. Marvel and DC both just do Earth-#, will he do the same, or something different? I don't know if that is interesting to non-wiki people though...

Sorry -- he ended up taking only 3 questions from my section.

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9 hours ago, PelaoFeliz said:

Sorry -- he ended up taking only 3 questions from my section.

What answers did he give? Was there a reading?

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My friend says that he read the prologue from Oathbringer (i.e. the murder of Gavilar, take 3).

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Just now, Lightning said:

My friend says that he read the prologue from Oathbringer (i.e. the murder of Gavilar, take 3).

Really ? So do we know who the Prologue's PoV is ?

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Long-time lurker, first post, but others who were there can confirm what I say.  Most questions were about his writing process and other general topics. The only Cosmere-specific ones I remember were as follows:
Does burning cadmium actually slow down time or just slow down the perception of time? (there was a bit more to the question but I was on the opposite end of the room) The answer was it does actually slow time.
Is there or will there be a shard for Entropy?  That was/is Ruin

There were a couple others with obvious answers (Is Odium the same person as Ruin?) but nothing else stood out.  There was indeed a reading of the prologue to Oathbringer. POV character is 

Spoiler

Eshonai

And for my own question while I got a book signed I asked "What would happen if you tried to cut aluminum with a shardblade and as a follow-up how significant is it that Nightblood has a metal sheath?" To which he answered, "It is significant, and a shardblade would not cut aluminum." 

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8 minutes ago, Bridge4AM said:

Long-time lurker, first post, but others who were there can confirm what I say.  Most questions were about his writing process and other general topics. The only Cosmere-specific ones I remember were as follows:
Does burning cadmium actually slow down time or just slow down the perception of time? (there was a bit more to the question but I was on the opposite end of the room) The answer was it does actually slow time.
Is there or will there be a shard for Entropy?  That was/is Ruin

There were a couple others with obvious answers (Is Odium the same person as Ruin?) but nothing else stood out.  There was indeed a reading of the prologue to Oathbringer. POV character is 

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Eshonai

And for my own question while I got a book signed I asked "What would happen if you tried to cut aluminum with a shardblade and as a follow-up how significant is it that Nightblood has a metal sheath?" To which he answered, "It is significant, and a shardblade would not cut aluminum." 

Spoiler

Huh. I'd assumed that, since this was Dalinar's book, he'd be the one with the PoV. But, I guess that doesn't hold up, since Szeth's PoV wasn't in his book, but Kaladin's. I wonder who the last two will be? Dalinar in Book 4, and Gavilar in Book 5? Or maybe we'll get one of the Heralds that were there that night?

 

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36 minutes ago, Bridge4AM said:

"It is significant, and a shardblade would not cut aluminum." 

This is a direct contradiction to a relatively recent WoB. @WayneSpren, best I can tell the previous WoB was yours - if that's the case, is it possible you somehow misremembered Brandon's answer? I don't see how, but I ought to ask.

@Bridge4AM, in the meantime a photo of your book(s) would be lovely :)

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Going to use general terms so I don't have to use the spoiler tags. He admitted that he had just barely written the prologue and it would very likely go through some changes, but it was an interesting perspective and a few new tidbits.  I saw several people with their phones out recording the reading so I image the video will surface before too long if it hasn't already.

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@Bridge4AM Did Brandon say if he was going to post the reading anywhere? How was it?

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11 minutes ago, Argent said:

This is a direct contradiction to a relatively recent WoB. @WayneSpren, best I can tell the previous WoB was yours - if that's the case, is it possible you somehow misremembered Brandon's answer? I don't see how, but I ought to ask.

@Bridge4AM, in the meantime a photo of your book(s) would be lovely :)

Maybe the previous WoB was a tricky answer like "the Shardblade may cut Alluminium like a normal blade", therefore a Shardblade could cut alluminium.

Of course this destroy my Alluminium theory...but I can't go aganist the Truth

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I wish that I had been recording his answer or had asked him to write it in my book, but unfortunately I did not (he'd already signed my book by the time I asked).  Only other people within hearing distance were my 11-year old daughter and an Evil Librarian. I chose the wording to my question quite deliberately and I'm confident I heard his answer correctly, but I know it can't be considered official without any evidence.

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1 hour ago, Bridge4AM said:

I wish that I had been recording his answer or had asked him to write it in my book, but unfortunately I did not (he'd already signed my book by the time I asked).  Only other people within hearing distance were my 11-year old daughter and an Evil Librarian. I chose the wording to my question quite deliberately and I'm confident I heard his answer correctly, but I know it can't be considered official without any evidence.

I am actually more inclined to agree with the "Shardblades cannot cut aluminum" version, it makes more sense to me. The reason Blades can cut anything so effortlessly is not because they are super sharp, it's because they are magical. Which would make aluminum good against them. I reasoned around this after we got the previous WoB on the topic (saying that magical or not they are still sharp objects, and aluminum is a soft metal, so sure, maybe they can cut it purely based on the physical interaction), but I was never quite happy with this. 

Maybe both can be true. It requires a little bit of mental gymnastics to fit Brandon's seemingly contradicting answers, but it's possible.

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3 hours ago, Argent said:

I am actually more inclined to agree with the "Shardblades cannot cut aluminum" version, it makes more sense to me. The reason Blades can cut anything so effortlessly is not because they are super sharp, it's because they are magical. Which would make aluminum good against them. I reasoned around this after we got the previous WoB on the topic (saying that magical or not they are still sharp objects, and aluminum is a soft metal, so sure, maybe they can cut it purely based on the physical interaction), but I was never quite happy with this. 

Maybe both can be true. It requires a little bit of mental gymnastics to fit Brandon's seemingly contradicting answers, but it's possible.

You'd think people would be making armor out of Aluminum then, right? Don't we know from the book that it is possible to soulcast aluminum and that the people know of aluminum? (even though Roshar doesn't have accessible deposits). I wonder if Brandon changed his mind on Soulcasting Aluminum?

Maybe Shardplate is a form of spren-invested Aluminum? Though that seems pretty unlikely. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Argent said:

I am actually more inclined to agree with the "Shardblades cannot cut aluminum" version, it makes more sense to me. The reason Blades can cut anything so effortlessly is not because they are super sharp, it's because they are magical. Which would make aluminum good against them. I reasoned around this after we got the previous WoB on the topic (saying that magical or not they are still sharp objects, and aluminum is a soft metal, so sure, maybe they can cut it purely based on the physical interaction), but I was never quite happy with this. 

Maybe both can be true. It requires a little bit of mental gymnastics to fit Brandon's seemingly contradicting answers, but it's possible.

Also we have the idea that the guards on Shardblades are made of aluminum, which would imply that. Not exactly confirmed but...

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  • IntERVIEW: Feb 27th, 2016

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    PALADIN BREWER

    The metal used on Shardblades for training, is it made out of aluminum

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    This question seemed to get the most reaction out of him. He laughed and smiled, and said "that's a very smart question, well done, you're on the right track."

 

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7 hours ago, Argent said:

This is a direct contradiction to a relatively recent WoB. @WayneSpren, best I can tell the previous WoB was yours - if that's the case, is it possible you somehow misremembered Brandon's answer? I don't see how, but I ought to ask.

He said they could, but implied it was very difficult or caused a negative effect of some sort. This could mean Shardblades cannot cut Aluminum without some other factor, or he could have just changed his mind about it at some point.

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