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The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies

Mar 11, 2020


If you've read one or more of Brandon Sanderson's books, you're probably familiar with the way everything really starts coming together at the end. This has been termed by fans the "Brandon Avalanche," the "Sanderson Avalanche," or just the "Sanderlanche." (Warning: Venture into the Avalanche Zone near bedtime at your own risk!) Whatever you prefer to call it, though, there's no denying it's become a part of the Brandon Sanderson trademark style. In this episode, the SICS hosts get into a discussion about their experiences with the Avalanche, why they think it works, and which ones they've most enjoyed. So come with us! Just... try not to fall!


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We'd like to thank the following artists for granting us permission to use their artwork in our opening video. Be sure to check out their websites!

Stephan Martiniere - Elantris -

Sam Weber - The Mistborn Trilogy -

Chris McGrath - Alloy of Law -

Dan dos Santos - Warbreaker -

Michael Whelan - Words of Radiance and Oathbringer -

David Palumbo - Arcanum Unbounded -


The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies is a biweekly podcast for fans of Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere novels. Bill, Amy, and Jordan discuss Brandon's work and dive a bit too deep into theories and speculation. So put on your aluminum foil hats and join us for the ride as we discuss Brandon's work and your emails, and remember—there's ALWAYS another secret!


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