TorCon Recap: Alcatraz 6's Prose Is Done!


On Thursday for TorCon, Christopher Paolini had a lovely chat with Brandon Sanderson about writing and their new books. If you're interested in watching it, do so soon as it will just be available this weekend. They had such nice synergy, so I'd recommend it! But, we wanted to give you a quick recap of some news from the event.

First up, news on Alcatraz 6: the writing on it is all finished! Now it's just being illustrated, which is what they are waiting on right now. No release date currently, but since Brandon was having issues getting Bastille's voice right and his friend and colleague Janci Patterson took a pass on it, Brandon was happy with the result. So maybe we'll get this soon!

There wasn't much else on Brandon news. He said Rhythm of War's fourth draft was finished, and the final draft needs to be done July 1st, and he's quite sick of the book. He said the book was currently 474,000 words long, but remember, he always goes through and tightens the prose and reduces the word count by 10%. That's what he does on the fifth and final draft.

Brandon said he might some day have a story where Hoid tells about his past, kind of in a reminscing storyteller sort of way, like the Hobbit. That story might not happen, though. It didn't seem to me that he was thinking this was how he'd write Dragonsteel (which, remember, will be written after Stormlight is completed), but rather a separate thing. Lastly, he did reiterate that Stormlight is really two five book arcs, and that there is a time jump between books five and six with some character continuity. Brandon's discussed this before but I thought it'd be valuable to reiterate!

As for Paolini's stuff, Brandon seemed to like his new book, To Sleep In a Sea of Stars, which is coming out this year. That might be cool. Paolini announced that the audiobook narrator will be Jennifer Hale, who you may know as the voice of the female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect. Cool!

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"I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite book in the Citadel in audiobook form."

I'm not surprised Sanderson is sick of the book, but I am worried if this will disrupt his Wandersail novella plan. If he's sick of Roshar (which may more may not be the case), will he really force himself to write more in that world? If he's sick or revisions, then The Apocalypse Guard will probably be affected as well (he was supposed to work on a revision of that book as well as write Rysn's novella in July). I'm not too concerned, but I am curious about what will happen. 

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43 minutes ago, Use the Falchion said:

"I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite book in the Citadel in audiobook form."

I'm not surprised Sanderson is sick of the book, but I am worried if this will disrupt his Wandersail novella plan. If he's sick of Roshar (which may more may not be the case), will he really force himself to write more in that world?

A bit of Scadrial or Threnody would be better. Won't we get enough Roshar this year?

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2 hours ago, Oltux72 said:

A bit of Scadrial or Threnody would be better. Won't we get enough Roshar this year?

Agreed. I’d love some Scadrial.

or, even better, if he could write a bit of The Rithmatist #2...

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5 hours ago, Oltux72 said:

A bit of Scadrial or Threnody would be better. Won't we get enough Roshar this year?

I'd LOVE Scadrial, but depending on how burnt out Sanderson is and on WHAT Sanderson is burnt out on (epic fantasy vs Cosmere vs just Roshar - we'll know more in July), Scadrial might unfortunately get pushed to next year. Also, if the Skyward movie deal moves forward, then Sanderson might want to push to finish that series so it can be complete around the same time the movie comes out. 

As for enough Roshar, I'm of two minds. On one hand, this was always supposed to be a part of the kickstarter and Sanderson has talked about how there are things referenced in the book that happened in the novella. So taking all of that into account - and the fact that Rysn is one of my favorite characters - I see this as a part of the whole package, and not getting it is seen as almost less than promised. 

On the other hand, I really, REALLY want W&W 4, and at this point would GLADLY take that and another Skyward book over Stormlight at this point. But the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. If Sanderson is burnt out on Stormlight and would rather work on W&W 4 before coming back to Roshar later in the year to write the novella, so be it. If he decides to do that, but between Skyward 3 & 4, also so be it. 

2 hours ago, MysticLotus said:

or, even better, if he could write a bit of The Rithmatist #2...

If all goes well, then there's a chance that he may write it the back half of next year if he has time. Well...either the Rithmatist sequel or that YA kite-based magic book that Sanderson really wanted to write last year. 

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