The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, the Age that is our own, a wind rose in the green hills of Charleston. The wind swept east across the continent and continued on across the ocean. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
With the release of Towers of Midnight being only one week away, we are celebrating with a special edition of the newsletter.
In this edition you’ll find the Tour Dates! Wallpapers! Videos and more! You’ll also find discussion about the fandom at-large from some very familiar faces in The Wheel of Time community: Jason Denzel from Dragnmount, Matt Hatch from Theoryland, Linda Tagileri from the Thirteenth Depository as well as some thoughts from a few of us at Tor.
The tremendous success of The Wheel of Time has been made possible by your enthusiasm and support throughout the years. All of us at Tor would like to thank you for that and invite you to reminisce and have some laughs while we await the penultimate book of The Wheel of Time.
There are no beginning or endings…
This is an exciting moment to be a Wheel of Time fan.
In my recent review of Towers of Midnight, I said that the experience of reading this penultimate novel was bittersweet in that we can at last see the looming Last Battle, and in turn, the Ending to the series itself. And while it’s true that the book series is at last nearing its conclusion, I’m excited by the prospect of what lies in the future for the Wheel of Time.
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Theoryland—Just Some Crazy in a Pot
Recently, I’ve had many opportunities to discuss Theoryland in interviews and at conventions. And in the process I’ve discovered that I am a terrible spokesperson. I’m less than flattering in my explanations, and I’m the guy running the show! To me, we are Freaks. You either get us or you don’t. So, when Tor asked me to write a newsletter piece about Theoryland’s role in the WoT fan community, I realized it would be better to let others describe it for me.
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Threads in Time
I started reading The Wheel of Time soon after my eldest child was born. He is now twenty. So while I can’t say that I grew up with the books, my children can. Both my sons have only ever known me as a WOT fan. My elder son became a fan himself at age ten when I read him an Uno scene from The Great Hunt one afternoon, ironically as an illustration that the series was a little too old for him to appeal. He quietly annexed The Eye of the World and was well into the book before I knew. Even my younger son who has never read any of the books found a WOT quote from an online collection for my birthday card this month. (Something about better to have one woman on your side…) In 1999 I took both boys with me to one of Robert Jordan’s sadly few book signings in Sydney. I was delighted to meet RJ, and wish that I had been able to do so more than that one brief time.
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How Asmodean made me better at my job
By Justin Golenbock, aka Tor’s “Wheel of Time guy”
Can you be so into your job that it actually embarrasses your boss?
Very easily, it turns out.
I came into my job interview at Tor (after several years at a “serious” book publisher) worried that I wouldn’t so much reveal as unabashedly revel in my inner fanboy-ness. Not very professional, right? Did I have to get all the references in Robert Berry’s WoT soundtrack? Do I need to carry my Asha’man money clip out to professional mixers? My concern was warranted.
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How To Survive The Next Seven Days
By Laura Sedai, Sitter of the Ochre Ajah
ONE MORE WEEK!
I know. I know. The wait must be killing you by now. Try to relax. November 2nd will be here soon, and there are plenty of things we can all do to occupy our time until then.
So before you lose your marbles, consider the following 25 suggestions:
- Wash the spears. You will need them when Tarmon Gai’don begins
- Take your wolf brother for a nice relaxing walk
- Raise the banner of Malkier in your backyard and see who shows up
- Make an apple pie since you have plenty on hand now
- Fantasize about what Ajah you'll join one day
- Play Snakes and Foxes with your best friend until one of you wins
- Take a camping trip to the parking lot of your local bookstore
- Tease your boyfriend with your best Tinker shawl dance
- Tease your girlfriend with your best Tinker shawl dance and hope she doesn't dump you
- Book your hotel room for JordanCon
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Tor and Dragonmount.com are once again indebted to the incredible WoT community with the creation of this fall’s Tower Guard program! A group of hand-selected WoT fan volunteers, the Tower Guards will pitch in along every stop on Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougal’s November tour for Towers of Midnight. You’ll find them spreading the word before each signing, distributing special WoT goodies, taking photos, working the video feeds and blogging about each event for fans both present and absent.
You’ll recognize the Tower Guards by their ToM Tower Guard Tour t-shirts:
RSVP here for your local event.
Don’t forget to register for the third annual JordanCon!
JordanCon will take place April 15-17, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. GoH is David B. Coe. JordanCon will also feature appearances by Brandon Sanderson, Harriet McDougal and the Hugo nominated Eugie Foster. Preregistration is currently $45.