Apr 9 2014 10:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 3: Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

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In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin Landon is joined by’s own Stormlight Archive maven Carl Engle-Laird to talk about Brandon Sanderon’s latest release in that series and the larger plan Sanderson has for linking all of his separate worlds.

Carl Engle-Laird is an editorial assistant at, where he luxuriates in beautiful short fiction in between dives into the slush pile. After over a year in the slush trenches, it’s fair to say he’s seen some things, things you wouldn’t believe. Carl is also’s resident chair of Stormlight Studies and former bucket-in-chief.


Rocket Talk, Episode 3: Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive (45:08)

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Cory S.
2. Hungry_For_Hands
Honestly, the most shocking thing in this entire discussion is the fact that CARL HASN'T READ ELANTRIS!! What!?

Go read it!

Another good week of discussions on Rocket Talk. I have been following along and enjoying each episode.
Justin Landon
3. jdiddyesquire
Yeah, we should fire Carl for that. TO THE PIT OF HELL WITH YE!
Thor Salhus Bunk
4. Thorsb
The Full Lashing is the one that binds things together, I think a half Basic Lashing upward would make you weightless.
Justin Landon
5. jdiddyesquire
@Thorsb -- Yet another reason Carl deserves the lashings... er... not that kind... the other kind. The kind that hurts.
7. Freelancer
The maven caws like a raven. Fowl puns permitted . . .

Anthony Pero
8. anthonypero
After the reveal regarding Szeth at the very end of the novel, I do have to wonder if there is a connection between the weird hair in Roshar and the Royal Locks in Warbreaker.
9. WeiryWriter
@8 Brandon has said there is a connection there, but we don't really know much about it at the moment.

In response to the discussion on whether his young adult works are a part of the cosmere, anything with a version of Earth in it is not cosmere. Earth is in no way a part of the cosmere.
Anthony Pero
10. anthonypero

Is this Word of God? I think it would be possible for a version of Earth to be set in a time before Adonalsium was shattered into the Shards.
Jeremy Guebert
11. jeremyguebert
@8, 9 - Well, it's Word of Brandon. He had thought about including Rithmatist in the Cosmere (it's set in an alternate-history Earth), but he decided he didn't want even an alternate-Earth to be included.
Anthony Pero
12. anthonypero
Fair enough, although that statement doesn't preclude him from deciding that the "Cosmere" is actually the successor to our own universe, and that the Shattering was the death of it.

Of course, this would make it perhaps a bit too much like the Death Gate Cycle, although the particulars would be massively different.

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