Happy birthday to the award-winning Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson (Ceridwen via Wikimedia Commons)

Best known for his Cosmere sequence of interconnected series, Brandon Sanderson’s first publication was Elantris (2005) which was followed in 2006 by Mistborn: The Final Empire, the first volume of the popular Mistborn Trilogy. Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal Rigney chose Sanderson to complete the epic Wheel of Time series. The final volume was published as three separated books: The Gathering Storm (2009), Towers Of Midnight (2010), and A Memory of Light (2013).

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Design by Elizabeth Story

Other aspects of the Cosmere include Wax and Wayne (The Alloy of Law [2011], Shadows Of Self [2015], The Bands of Mourning [2016]), The Stormlight Archive (The Way of Kings [2010], Words of Radiance [2014], Oathbringer [2017], Dawnshard [2020], Rhythm of War [2020]), Warbreaker (2009), and the graphic novels White Sand (with Rik Hoskin and art by Julius Gopez Volume One [2016], Two [2018], Three [2019]). Many of Sanderson’s numerous short Cosmere works including the Hugo Award-winning THE EMPEROR’S SOUL (2012), were collected in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (2016).

The prolific Sanderson’s other works include the middle-grade Alcatraz adventures (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians [2007], Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones [2008], Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia [2009], Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens [2010], and The Dark Talent [2016]), the young adult series Reckoners (Steelheart [2013], Mitosis [2013], Firefight [2015], and Calamity [2016]), and the YA Skyward series (Skyward [2018] and Starsight [2019]). Other books include the standalone The Rithmatist (2013), a Magic the Gathering novel Children of the Nameless (2018), the two volume videogame tie-in infinity Blade series (Infinity Blade: Awakening [2011] and Infinity Blade: Redemption [2013]), and the audio novella The Original (2020 with Mary Robinette Kowal). Sanderson, alongside with Dan Wells and Robison Wells, edited the anthology Altered Perceptions (2014). He amazingly finds time to participate in the Hugo award-winning podcast Writing Excuses.

All of us at Tachyon wish the amazing Brandon a magical birthday.