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 12:00 AM, 19-DECEMBER-07
 
Light Will Shine For Time

Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson--who has been chosen to finish writing A Memory of Light, the 12th and final installment in the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga--told SCI FI Wire that the final volume will be worth the wait.

"It is awesome," Sanderson said in an interview, based on his initial reading of Jordan's outline for the book, which was uncompleted at the time of Jordan's death in September. "To gush a little, it is everything we have been waiting for. The notes are amazing."

Sanderson couldn't describe the plot of the book because of a nondisclosure agreement, but he said that everything that has been promised will be delivered. "This really is the last book," he said. "And it is time for the final confrontations."

Harriet Popham Rigney, Jordan's widow and editor, chose Sanderson to finish the book, and she had final say in the matter, Sanderson said. Being selected is a great honor, he added. "To be perfectly honest, I can't fill [Jordan's] shoes," he said. "Nobody can."

Sanderson added: "Someone showed her the piece I had done on Mr. Jordan's death, and she asked for my books from [my publisher,] Tor. She read some of my work, called [Tor publisher] Tom Doherty, and they discussed it. I don't know what was said--I do know that Tom himself took another hard look at my books--but the result was an unexpected (on my side) call from Harriet to talk about this."

Jordan died Sept. 15 after being diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare blood disease. Although the book is unfinished, Jordan left behind extensive notes and an outline. "He wrote some parts [of the book] almost to completion, while others are only described in a paragraph or two to cover a whole 20-page scene," Sanderson said. "The state of the notes, however, is excellent due to the tireless work of Mr. Jordan's assistants and family."

Sanderson hasn't seen all of the notes yet, but he has seen Jordan's extended outline for the book. "I have a lot of material to sift through," Sanderson said. "But, because of the extensive outline, I feel much more confident. Still daunted, of course, but I really think that we--Harriet, Mr. Jordan's staff and I--can do this."

Sanderson will be working closely with Rigney, he said. "She has been involved in this project from the start, and Tom Doherty calls her one of the best editors he knows," Sanderson said. "I wouldn't think of writing this book without a lot of input from her." --John Joseph Adams
 


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