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Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« on: December 17, 2008, 09:43:20 PM »
There's a novelette on Tor.com by Brandon. A true Science Fiction story called Firstborn. Here it is.

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=10489


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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2008, 11:27:36 PM »
I just read it, it's a good story.  I didn't know EUOL could write sci-fi.  It's the kind of sci-fi I like, too - all the emphasis is on characters rather than technology.
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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2008, 11:42:47 PM »
That's a great short story. At some points in the story I was worried it would end like Ender's Game. Then I reminded myself that Brandon strives to not be too cliche in his stories. I didn't see that end coming, but I liked it. :)

The holographic battle commanding sounds like a cool idea. I could see that being incorporated into some cool scifi movies/tv shows.

I'm not sure when Brandon wrote this, but I assume it was in the last year. It was probably a very nice break to write something short and succinct since he's been immersed in AMOL 10+ hours a day.

Gher, thanks for the link to the story. It's always fun to read Brandon's work!

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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2008, 09:26:44 AM »
There's an audio version read by EUOL and Permberly that should be up on Tor.com before the end of the month.
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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2008, 07:20:35 PM »
I haven't been to the tor site in ages, but somehow was there and came across Firstborn about 4 hours after they posted it.  I've read Elantris and the Mistborn series, and really enjoyed Firstborn as well.

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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2008, 08:24:06 PM »


I'm not sure when Brandon wrote this, but I assume it was in the last year. It was probably a very nice break to write something short and succinct since he's been immersed in AMOL 10+ hours a day.



If I remember reading correctly, this was his first ever published short story directly after college for their literary magazine and re-edted for Tor.com.  Even his early works showed his great potential!


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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2008, 10:56:40 PM »
The audio version is available on the left-side link that says "listen."

I hadn't read this story before; just read it over lunch. It's classic Brandon. Very nice. I didn't see it coming.
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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2008, 10:58:49 PM »
mrod, you're right. I just read Brandon's blog post about it (http://www.brandonsanderson.com/blog/740/Free-Short-Story) and it was written a long time ago. Looks like my theory about a little break from AMOL was way off. He's obviously working on that like a mad goat with no other projects right now. The progress bar on his site is at 98% today. Wow!

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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2008, 12:13:29 AM »
i will be doing my own little happy dance when the bar hits 100%.  Even though I know there's quite a few more drafts and edits and it will still be forever and it may just be the first of 2 books.   After waiting year after year since around book 3 for each new release I'm starving for the next part of the story.

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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2008, 12:28:37 AM »
Yeah, I just read Firstborn and will probably listen to it tonight.

Amazing.  That was truly awesome.
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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2008, 02:53:06 AM »
That was a really great story. I could see that become a full length book if Brandon wasn't already swamped. I do hope that he does venture into Sci-Fi in the future. All the short stories he has written so far are really great.

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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2008, 04:31:56 AM »
I was listening to it, and I swear at one point you could hear Limebabby cooing in the background as Pemberly was reading. Remember Brandon, out of sight, out of mind.  ;D

Anyway, good story.
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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2008, 04:30:15 AM »
I just read the story and I really did think it was great. It started out pretty rough but wow I am glad I read it all the way through.
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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2008, 06:25:46 PM »
Wow, I wish that my stories right out of college were that good.  An enjoyable read, and unlike most Sanderson novels, I didn't need several days to read it. :D

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Re: Wow, does Mr. Sanderson like -born or what?
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2008, 08:56:39 PM »
There's an audio version read by EUOL and Permberly that should be up on Tor.com before the end of the month.

The audio version is only 14 minutes long :(

I read the story and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was hoping that I would get to hear the whole thing read out loud to me, but it seems that Tor has only made a snippet available :(
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