We've got a fun update on some upcoming books today from an unusual source: the latest annual rights catalog from JABberwocky, Brandon's agent. Most of Brandon's listings are nothing new to us, but page 57 has a few interesting tidbits...
First is a title for the third Skyward novella: Evershore. Sanderson, in collaboration with Janci Patterson, has three Cytoverse novellas in the works to be released later this year, each from the PoV of a different character. The titles of the first two were revealed in the progress bars of Brandon's website a few weeks back: Sunreach and ReDawn. We know that Sunreach is written from FM's PoV and we know that ReDawn is the name of Alanik's homeworld. Evershore is a complete mystery for the time being. The final draft of Sunreach is complete, and Brandon announced today in his weekly update that he has reviewed the first draft of ReDawn. Perhaps we'll see a status update soon on the progress of Evershore's first draft! Then again, with the website status bar so full maybe there's just no room for it.... Brandon's goal was to release these in the months leading up to Cytonic. We'll have to wait and see what the actual publication schedule looks like.
That's not the only title reveal however. We're also told that Lux will be the title for a new Reckoners novel. This probably shouldn't be confused with Apocalypse Guard, separate trilogy in the same multiverse which Brandon has been collaborating with Dan Wells on. News from recent YouTube livestreams suggests that they're making good progress on Apocalypse Guard. But that title has been set from the book's conception, so Lux appears to be something different. Brandon did announce a trilogy of Reckoners novellas in State of the Sanderson 2020. The idea for these books was to follow a different group of Reckoners, picking up around the end of the original trilogy. They were to be coauthored with Steve Bohls, author of Jed and the Junkyard War. These were to be published under the umbrella of Sanderson's audiobook production company, Mainframe, which is also the case for Lux. It's unclear whether these novellas grew into novels, whether they have been merged into a single novel, or whether this is a separate project. (or, hey, maybe JABberwocky's newsletter is mistaken) The publication date is still a mystery as well.
One minor thing to note is that Mainframe LLC is an audiobook production company. Recall that its first publication was The Original , which we still haven't seen a print or ebook version for. Brandon has said that the Skyward novellas are planned to be released simultaneously as ebook and audiobook, with print coming a subsequent year. It's not clear if the same is planned for Lux or not.
There's also a thing or two to be said about Dark One and Stephen Leeds. While we don't see any spicy new title reveals on this front, we did get a few crumbs about these. One year ago this month, a sleuth on Reddit was able to dig up the titles that we see here. But at the time we had the release order for Dark One: Forgotten and Dark One: Prophetic Histories swapped. It looks like Forgotten is now the first of the two. In any case, these are a prequel audio series for Dark One, taking the form of a podcast. They will follow the investigations of Caligo's crimes, referred to here as "a serial killer whom no one can remember." The catalog lists a few comparable true crime audio series: West Cork, Evil Has a Name, Welcome to Nightvale, Serial, and Limetown. So if you're curious what these might be like, you now know where to look! As for Stephen Leeds: Death and Faxes, we learn here that the premise of the story is Stephen Leeds tracking down a "dangerous hacker."
In other news--if you haven't seen Brandon's latest weekly update, make sure you do! Aside from the update on ReDawn we got a minor progress update on The Lost Metal (just under 50%), a reminder about the inaugural episode of Brandon and Dan's new podcast (tentatively titled Intentionally Blank, with a title poll open on r/Sanderson), as well as a new poll question on signed versus unsigned leatherbounds. If you've been itching for a leatherbound book and don't care to wait for a signature, make sure you let Dragonsteel know in their latest survey! Let us know what you think in the comments.
Edited by Jofwu