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Worldcon Panel: Rolling up the Wheel of Time [Aug. 20th, 2008|12:41 am]
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For what are (perhaps) obvious reasons, I felt a moral obligation to attend this panel, and I was far from disappointed. Well, OK, so attending this panel meant I couldn't get in to hear the reading from the upcoming Vorkosigan novel, but I still attended an excellent panel.

Rolling Up the Wheel of Time



Moshe Feder (m) - Sanderson's non-WoT editor (Tor)
Tom Doherty - Publisher (Tor, duh)
Brandon Sanderson - Author
Elise Matheson - Friend of the Rigney family (piped up mid-panel and got impromptu added)
Peter Ahlstrom - Fan? Sanderson buddy?


Tom begins with a description of how he came to know Harriet
Sanderson begins with his 8th grade year, 1989, when he was not a reader, until his teacher handed him a Fantasy novel.
He would do a reread cycle before each WoT novel
Sanderson talks FAST
Sanderson is a Mormon! Did not know that.
He gets a blind phone call (voicemail, actually) from Harriet, then can't get in touch with her, and basically faints when she tells him he's being considered for the job
When he got confirmation from Harriet, he told his agent to accept whatever terms Tor offered, MF comments that he loves that, and if you ever are in negotiations with Tor...
The first two things BS asked for were the ending and who killed Asmodean
Jordan had left 200 man. pages, mostly prologue and ending
He's writing each "viewpoint cluster" up to the point where they all meet, approx. 75-80% through the book.
Jordan's notes contained extensive "who's where with who" lists, with character details (ETA: Something that stuck with me but I didn't type at the time was that Jordan had two assistants who helped him keep track of his characters and plot. It explains a lot, because it really does seem like an inhuman burden for one man to tackle alone)
He's at 200,000 words, and he feels he's only a third done
Doherty is doing a lot of head-shaking over the length of it

I came away from this feeling a great deal of hope for the series, as someone who was once deeply attached to it and will always hold a fond place for it. Sanderson is very deeply enthused by the project, and seems ultra-aware of the need to make it as genuine as possible without reaching for a Jordan-esque caricature. Frankly, he impressed me.

In an amusing tidbit, I raised my hand and mentioned that "so far as I know" I was the only rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan old guard in attendance that day, upon which the guy sitting next to me raised his hand. It was Tony Z! But, anyway, I asked if he'd had any use from the WoTFAQ, and he said that when he asked the current (web-based, of course) Jordan fandom what references he should use, that was at the top of the list. Still!
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[User Picture]From: silmaril
2008-08-20 12:30 pm (UTC)

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Thanks for reporting on this. Does sound good.
[User Picture]From: desdenova
2008-08-20 12:41 pm (UTC)

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Re: FAQ: Sweet. Take that, whiny newbies.

Maybe we will find out who killed Asmodean after all!

Thanks for reporting on the panel, and thanks for asking your question.

Also: There's a new Vorkosigan novel coming out? Why does nobody tell me these things?!
[User Picture]From: leighdb
2008-08-20 01:05 pm (UTC)

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There's a new Vorkosigan novel coming out? Why does nobody tell me these things?!

Someone mentioned a while back that she was contractually obligated to cough up at least one more, or something to that effect.
[User Picture]From: desdenova
2008-08-20 01:27 pm (UTC)

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That would explain it, I guess. Well, here's hoping it's enjoyable, at least.
[User Picture]From: publius1
2008-08-20 02:05 pm (UTC)

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Anything would have to be better than "The Sharing Knife"...
[User Picture]From: ceara
2008-08-20 02:23 pm (UTC)

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Dude. You totally knew better than to say that.
[User Picture]From: publius1
2008-08-20 02:26 pm (UTC)

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You're right... I have unleashed the power of the jinx!
[User Picture]From: prince_corwin
2008-08-20 02:51 pm (UTC)

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I steadfastly have no expectations of quality on this whatsoever.
[User Picture]From: larabeaton
2008-08-20 05:44 pm (UTC)

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Yes, this. Because nothing inspires the muse more than "My lawyers inform me that I must do this or get my ass sued."
[User Picture]From: prince_corwin
2008-08-20 07:37 pm (UTC)

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By definition, though, all my surprises on this must be pleasant ones.
[User Picture]From: scifantasy
2008-08-20 02:58 pm (UTC)

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Someone

*raises hand*

She signed to it after Jim Baen died.
[User Picture]From: leighdb
2008-08-20 03:45 pm (UTC)

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Ah, right.

Well, here's hoping.
[User Picture]From: leighdb
2008-08-20 01:04 pm (UTC)

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WoTFAQ, and he said that when he asked the current (web-based, of course) Jordan fandom what references he should use, that was at the top of the list.

Yeah. Now I kind of wish I'd had the time to do the last update, though.
From: peterahlstrom.blogspot.com
2008-08-24 04:36 am (UTC)

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I'll be doing my exhaustive writeup of the panel tomorrow. Mind if I use your great pic?

—Peter
[User Picture]From: skwidly
2008-08-24 05:44 am (UTC)

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No problem, Peter, feel free!
From: peterahlstrom.blogspot.com
2008-09-01 06:44 am (UTC)

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Thanks. I've now posted my report.

—Peter
From: helenajole
2008-09-27 08:14 pm (UTC)

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Huh, Peter said he heard most of the Vorkosigan reading.