|Thus Spake The Creator
Q: Robert, in just about every story that I have read, good
reigns supreme. Yet, woudln't it be interesting if evil made just
a little more headway than usual?
Q: Are we going to see Moiraine again?? Lanfear?? My wife
would like to know why none of the main characters have any children.
Are there any in their future??
Q: From the Message to the Reader at the beginning of "Snow",
you seemed to have mixed feelings about the e-book format. Being
from a rural area, with few bookstores, I love it. How do you feel
about this new format as an author and part of the publishing industry?
Q: I understand there would be a person in The Eye of the
World, but that he was cut out or something. Who was he?
Q: Man, Im so lucky I couldnt sleep! (Its 1 am here)RJ,
I loved Winter's Heart and the especially the last chapter! Could
you please put some more of the Forsaken POV's in the next book,
most of all Cyndane and Graendal? I love those two!
Q: You're a scientist, you have a degree in physics I saw
Q: This will probably be a RAFO, but I hope
you can at least say something, or did you just forget about him?
What happened to Sheriam's Warder?
The next series, the one he's been working
on in his head for a few years now, will have one culture that is
Q: R-JORDAN....since I have not read any of your books,
what book would you recommend me reading first and why?
Reports from signings
I asked him exactly why the pool of untainted saidin was needed at the Eye of the World. He kindof gave me a RAFO. RJ said that he has an idea of what he wants that to have been for, but he's not sure he's going to use it, so he didn't want to give me infomation and then change his mind later.
The interview then continued with the communication between the various characters, and RJ stated clearly that every person keeping a secret, or withholding information, has a good reason for it, even if it in many cases are very personal. He exemplified this with the relation between Birgitte, Elayne and Egwene, where everyone _knew_ that all knew Birgitte's secret (or at least a large part of it), but due to Elayne giving her word, the situation could not be resolved. RJ also took this as an example of the very great significance on a person's word and on oaths that the people in TWoT places. A word given is something to be kept, at all costs, however the circumstances changes.
Next time through I asked about the chronology of Eharon and Shiota, since Bashere describes statues from Eharon as being much older than the Shiotan statue DKS put on the cover. We know Deane was born in the village of Salidar in Eharon (Glossary from LoC, IIRC), yet part of Bashere's lecture mentioned that Shiota also was pre-Hawkwing. It turns out there is a textual inconsistency here. RJ couldn't remember which comes first (apparently historical details aren't as engrossing for him as for me), but one was part of the Ten Nations, and the other covered the same area (Illian + Altara) between the Trolloc Wars and Hawkwing. He said the Guide has the correct order, though since I don't have the Guide I don't know what that order is. A minor error, really; either that statue was from Eharon and Bashere mentioned much older Shiotan statues, or Deane was Shiotan and the statues were as written.
At a later time, he said that he heard recently from a used fantasy dealer that an _unsigned_ first printing tEotW was sold from his store for $700 dollars. RJ said he had heard of prices around $300, but not that high. He also said he heard of first printing LoC's going at $55, which he seemed to think was absurd, since well over 200,000 had been printed. They also commented that at times, the hardcovers have been hard to find, but _not_ because they had been out of print, but because "sensible" people _assumed_ they would be out of print. He said that his books "break the rules", in that hardcovers aren't supposed to stay in print for 8-9 years. He also said that at one point, a computer "glitch" resulted in stores remaindering tSR while there was still a high demand for it at the normal price (10,000 sales annually without any advertising). Someone else mentioned that they had been to a bookstore recently which had the hardcover aCoS both for sale at the regular price _and_ on the remaindering table. Jordan expressed significant disgust with screw-ups of this sort.
There were some jokes about the sheer mass of the books -- "There will be a boxed set when the sseries is complete... on wheels."
Someone asked about multiple books. Jordan said that the rule was that you had to go through the line for every two books, and that he would "enforce the rules with my bullwhip if necessary"; a bookstore employee(?) commented that it was more of a guideline really. General laughter and bullwhip comments ensued, culminating with "Just so no one asks, 'Can I fondle your bullwhip?'" from Jordan. (I didn't catch all of this. I regretted it. Oh well.)
He also said the that the idea for the chapter icons was his wife's. They sat down and decided (roughly) what they ought to look like, and hired an artist to do them.
I was at the signing at King of Prussia last night, and asked a question about Randland life that has been bugging me for a while - do Aes Sedai ever have children, and why/why not? I was impressed with Jordan's casual reply, as if this were common knowledge - that all Aes Sedai, and for that matter, most women have knowledge of a special herb that serves as an incredibly efficient contraceptive. This herb is just general women's lore, passed to women by Wisdoms and such. He followed up with two other points : 1)Aes Sedai are personally discouraged from having children because they know they will outlive them and 2)its clearly not a popular idea because the White Ajah had suggested having children with men who can channel in order to undo "culling", but this suggestion was not particularly well received.
Some pronounciations. Nine-eve. Schwan Sanche. [That surprised me.] Avi-endha.
Ah yes, somebody asked about him comparing Randland with
17th century earth as it would have been without gunpowder, but said
that there was gunpowder in Randland.