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Light in Shadesmar

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How real is the illumination in Shadesmar? The sun is described as cold. Does that mean that the ability to see in Shadesmar is a cognitive process, not a physical one, that is the light does not carry energy?

Could you

  • run photovoltaics in Shadesmar
  • do photosynthesis
  • run a solar destillery
  • operate a film camera
  • operate a CCD camera

 

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While it could be a completely cognitive process, I think there's actually light in the Cognitive Realm, probably from the Spiritual Realm

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Alteroden

With Stormlight, the better the gem is cut, the less Stormlight it leaks, and the longer it holds its charge. If a gem was perfectly cut, on a molecular scale, would it leak Stormlight at all?

Brandon Sanderson

In a theoretical flawless gem, then no it would not.

Alteroden

Would it actually give off light?

Brandon Sanderson

[...] Theoretically no it would not, but it's not what you're thinking...

Alteroden

No no no, that’s not what I’m thinking, I figured that’s something totally different.

Brandon Sanderson

Well, actually, it probably would still give off light, because it's drawing out of the Spiritual Realm. So I’d say it still lights, but it doesn't leak. The leaking is not where the illumination is coming from. The illumination is coming from a direct... It's basically a light bulb screwed into the Spiritual Realm.

Shadows of Self Chicago signing (Oct. 12, 2015)

 

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