Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Robert Jordan

So, the wheel of time has ground to a stop.

Robert Jordan died yesterday, having lost his fight against amyloidosis.

Back in 1990 his UK publishers rep came in to the shop I was running to go through the new titles for the next couple of months.
One of them was a big new fantasy hardback, nice dj, map printed on the inside covers – looked very nice, but it was an almost completely unknown author. I ordered one copy! There was no mention of a sequel.
The next year the rep came in to sell me the sequel saying that it was going to be a trilogy.
The year after that he came in to sell me volume three of a series…

Around about then I started winding people up by claiming that a ‘wheel of time’ was obviously like a clock face and that therefore there would be 12 volumes – this seemed really unlikely back then and people assumed I was joking but now it seems like time really has been called an hour early.

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September 17, 2007 - Posted by | Author News, Shop News & Chat

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