Brandon Comes Clean


Brandon had some important news to share with us today, as he alluded to in yesterday's Weekly Update. If you haven't seen the news directly from him, we encourage you to watch this video first, and then we'll break it down:


Did you watch it?

No really, did you?

Last warning...

 


I'm guessing your face looked something like this too?

So... Sanderson started to feel a bit bogged down, overbooked, and overwhelmed in 2019, mostly on account of the amount of traveling he was doing. When Covid forced Brandon to skip the traveling in 2020, all of that freed up time created an opening for unscheduled writing. And he seems to have loved it! He wrote a book in secret that year, and as the reduced traveling continued in 2021 he wrote four more. One is a middle-grade story that will probably be a graphic novel (but it's still a bit of a work in progress). The other four of them are full-length, adult sci-fi/fantasy novels with three of them being Cosmere books. And here they are, with tentative covers and titles hidden:

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Sanderson also announced a Kickstarter campaign that is open NOW. This will essentially be a monthly subscription box program for 2023, including one of the four books every three months and swag boxes on the months in-between. The different tiers give you some options on what formats you'd like the books in and whether or not you want to pay for the swag boxes or just stick to the books. The themed swag boxes will contain one featured item and two supporting items. It sounds like t-shirts are likely to be included, though we don't have any other details on what they might contain at this time. They currently have no plans for stretch goals. In any case, here's the schedule for this "Year of Sanderson":
 

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Please note that these books WILL ultimately be available for those who did not participate in the Kickstarter! So if it's not something you can afford at this time, or if you've missed the Kickstarter altogether (and somehow found your way here), you will certainly have a chance to get your hands on them. The ebooks and audiobooks should be released shortly after the Kickstarter deliveries, and print editions will eventually be available as well!

So what do we know about the books so far? Brandon had a few things to say during his video, mentioned a few more on the Kickstarter page, and just finished a surprise livestream in which they gave us some more crumbs. Here's what we know:

General

  • One of them is written in first person. (we don't know which)
  • They are all around 100,000 words in length. (roughly the size of Alloy of Law)
  • The worldbuilding/setting of all the Cosmere books is crazy -- more like Roshar than the other published Cosmere worlds.

Secret Project #1

  • Set on a new world in the Cosmere, and has references to other things in the Cosmere.
  • Works as an entry point for new readers.
  • It has the craziest worldbuilding of the four novels.

Secret Project #2

  • The only non-cosmere book of the bunch
  • It contains excerpts of something else Brandon wrote.
  • Works as an entry point for new readers.

Secret Project #3

  • Set on a new world in the Cosmere, and has references to other things in the Cosmere.
  • Works as an entry point for new readers.
  • This one is Brandon, Emily, and Peter's favorite.

Secret Project #4

  • Set on a new world in the Cosmere, and has references to other things in the Cosmere.
  • This one is NOT a good entry point to the Cosmere. It's focused on a character we've seen before, who hasn't had their own story and whose backstory is relevant to this book.
  • The plotting of this one leans hard on a specific style and that makes it a bit polarizing.

That's all we know so far, but there's more to come! Starting on Thursday, Brandon will be posting weekly readings from each book. It sounds like we can expect the first 5-6 chapters of Secret Project #1 on this Thursday, with readings from the others coming on subsequent Thursdays. Brandon will also be doing weekly livestreams on Tuesdays for the duration of the campaign (which is for the next 30 days). The first segment of these livestreams will be no spoilers, but the second half will get into some more details about the books and for questions that address the readings released on Thursdays. So stay tuned!

WOW! It's a lot to take in. What do you guys think? Let us know what your reaction was in the comments! And if you've got any theories for what these books might be about, we'd love to hear them!

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2EmLee2

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There are no words to describe the feelings I felt watching that video.

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You want wild speculation?

  • We will see the worlds of Innovation and Valor in those four books
  • #1 is set on the Aether planet
  • #2 is Apocalypse Guard (the cover showing many version of Earth is giving that away)
  • #3 is the big mystery. I tentatively expect it to be set on Innovation's world, as Brandon likes that Shard.
  • #4 is featuring Demoux on Valor's world
  • the one to be a graphic novel is kite magic and set on Whimsy's world
     
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fammann

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Wow so awesome. I got the ebook, audiobook bundle. International shipping is way too high for me so I can’t afford any swagboxes or physical copies. But I’ll be watching lots of unboxing videos. 

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6 hours ago, Oltux72 said:

You want wild speculation?

  • We will see the worlds of Innovation and Valor in those four books
  • #1 is set on the Aether planet
  • #2 is Apocalypse Guard (the cover showing many version of Earth is giving that away)
  • #3 is the big mystery. I tentatively expect it to be set on Innovation's world, as Brandon likes that Shard.
  • #4 is featuring Demoux on Valor's world
  • the one to be a graphic novel is kite magic and set on Whimsy's world
     

Give us ALL the speculation!

The Apocalypse Guard would be an awesome release! Although since Brandon co-wrote it with Dan, I'm not sure how that would work...still, I hope to see soon!

The kid's book graphic novel we actually know about! It's called "Super Awesome Danger" and features a robot frog! 

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  • #2 is Apocalypse Guard (the cover showing many version of Earth is giving that away)

@Oltux72 That's literally what I came here to ask. I'm about 80% confident it's the Apocalypse Guard. However, I think either Project 1 or Project 3 is an Aether book purely based on the fact we've gotten more facts about Aethers recently and maybe that's because he's been thinking about them. 

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marles

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It's becoming hard to believe that Brandon isn't some sort of advanced sci-fi/fantasy writing AI. Even without these secret books it's difficult to imagine how he keeps up with all that he does without even taking into account the quality of it all. And on top of all that you're telling me he found the time to right 4 EXTRA full-length novels and an additional story? Sheer madness.

What did we do to deserve this man?

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I was watching the new WoB shardcast from Sunday and just about lost it when they got to the one where Brandon said there would be a Cosmere book far in the future like Sixth of the Dusk released before Stormlight 5. They were confident that was a mistake and I'm thinking it was not.

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6 minutes ago, Harrycrapper said:

Brandon said there would be a Cosmere book far in the future like Sixth of the Dusk released before Stormlight 5. They were confident that was a mistake and I'm thinking it was not.

Yes please I love sixth of the dusk and I've been waiting and waiting for this.

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Just now, The Sibling said:

Yes please I love sixth of the dusk and I've been waiting and waiting for this.

I didn't mean the Sixth of the Dusk sequel, I just meant something closer to where that's at in the timeline than where Misborn and Stormlight are currently at. Though it's always possible, and that cover on the left with the moon and the waves crashing around the person looks promising in that respect.

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thorongil

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What makes you so confident to announce that these books will be available in print? The way I understood Brandon he explictly noted that there might not be retail print versions.

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6 hours ago, thorongil said:

What makes you so confident to announce that these books will be available in print? The way I understood Brandon he explictly noted that there might not be retail print versions.

Apparently others who have a better memory than me are stating that Brandon did confirm there would be retail versions, but he's unsure if they'll be the same fancy hardcover versions that the Kickstarter has. And I honestly can't imagine Brandon having a limited release for his books in perpetuity. Brandon's a brilliant writer and a smart businessman. He's not going to try to lose out on future sales and future fans for short-term gain. 

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KSub

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Doesn't #2 seem like it would be Alkatraz?

Based on cover art alone I can't wait for #3

And I'm guessing/hoping #4 is Hoid

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*facepalms* I didn't see the part about the readings. I really shouldn't skim so much...

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On 2.3.2022 at 3:19 PM, DougTheRug said:

@Oltux72 That's literally what I came here to ask. I'm about 80% confident it's the Apocalypse Guard. However, I think either Project 1 or Project 3 is an Aether book purely based on the fact we've gotten more facts about Aethers recently and maybe that's because he's been thinking about them. 

Rethinking this I have changed my position, based on Dan Wells not being mentioned on the title and him not taking part in the video. I now think it is set in the Reckonerverse.

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Rune

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I literally can't wait... The only problem is you have to buy either all the swag boxes or none.  Am I correct in saying that?  I've checked the Kickstarter site and can't find an option for individual swag boxes. 

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3 minutes ago, Rune said:

I literally can't wait... The only problem is you have to buy either all the swag boxes or none.  Am I correct in saying that?  I've checked the Kickstarter site and can't find an option for individual swag boxes. 

That's right. You've probably already seen this, but according to the FAQ:

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Swag boxes cannot be modified, combined, or ordered piecemeal. Each swag box will ship separately and boxes must be ordered as a full set.

 

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