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                 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
               for rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan

Welcome to the rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan Usenet newsgroup.
Before you rush off to post, we strongly recommend and request that
you peruse this small document, which attempts to answer the most
Frequently Asked Questions about Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time
series and the rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan newsgroup.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. HISTORY AND CHARTER OF REC.ARTS.SF.WRITTEN.ROBERT-JORDAN

2. MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ROBERT JORDAN.
      1.  Who is Robert Jordan?
      2.  What is the Wheel of Time?  What are the book titles?
      3.  What's the title of the next book?
      4.  When will the next book be published?
      5.  Why so long?
      6.  What was the deal with the prologue of the last book?
      7.  How many books will the Wheel of Time series end up being?
      8.  Is Robert Jordan on the Net?
      9.  Are there any other books about the Wheel of Time?
     10.  What will Jordan write after he finishes The Wheel of Time?
     11.  What else do I read while I wait for Book 10?
     12.  What are _From the Two Rivers_ and _To the Blight_?
     13.  Are there any Wheel of Time related games?
     14.  What is _The Prophecies of the Dragon_?
     15.  Can someone type in an mail me a copy of SaSG?
     16.  What about the artwork?
     17.  Is Robert Jordan dead, dying, sick, or injured?
 
3. GENERAL COURTESY AND NEWSGROUP SPECIFIC CONVENTIONS/POLICIES.
      1. How to post so that you don't look like a fool or upset people
      2. Spoiler Policy
      3. The TAN Subject Header Convention.

4. COMMON ABBREVIATIONS

5. NEWSGROUP RESOURCES & ARCHIVES
      1. The Wheel of Time FAQ.
      2. The Jordan Archives (FTP site and WWW home page).
      3. Wheel of Time WWW Index


6. OTHER AREAS OF ROBERT JORDAN FANDOM
      1. Mailing Lists

7. HOW TO FIND THE LATEST VERSION OF THIS FAQ.

8. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
        
                                * * *

Section 1:  HISTORY AND CHARTER OF REC.ARTS.SF.WRITTEN.ROBERT-JORDAN

This newsgroup, rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, was created in July
1994 for the discussion of books written by contemporary author Robert
Jordan (a pseudonym, see next section).  In particular, this newsgroup
is concerned with his ongoing "Wheel of Time" series, but also covers
past and future works by him.  Fandom is specifically included within
the purview of this charter.  The group is unmoderated.

The discussions in this group originated in rec.arts.sf.written (the
general group for discussion of all science fiction and fantasy books),
where they were carried on for upwards of two years before this group
was created.  A more detailed history by Bill Garrett is available
from http://linuxmafia.com/~garrett/jordan/history.html

                                * * *

Section 2:  MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ROBERT JORDAN.

Q: Who is Robert Jordan?
A: Robert Jordan is actually a pseudonym for James Oliver
   Rigney, Jr., under which he has written seven volumes of the
   "Wheel of Time" fantasy series as well as seven books of the
   "Conan" series.  Other pseudonyms are Reagan O'Neal ("Fallon"
   series; historic fiction), Jackson O'Reilly ("Cheyenne Raiders";
   western), and Chang Lung (contributions to various periodicals
   including Library Journal).  [Source:  Contemporary Authors vol.
   140]

Q: What is The Wheel of Time?  What are the book titles?
A: The Wheel of Time is an in-progress series of fantasy books
   with a very complex plot that has gathered a large following of
   very devoted fans.  The books in "The Wheel of Time" series are
   (so far; in order):

        The Eye of the World   ISBN 0-312-85009-3
        The Great Hunt         ISBN 0-312-85140-5
        The Dragon Reborn      ISBN 0-312-85248-7
        The Shadow Rising      ISBN 0-312-85431-5
        The Fires of Heaven    ISBN 0-312-85427-7
        Lord of Chaos          ISBN 0-312-85428-5
        A Crown of Swords      ISBN 0-312-85767-5
        The Path of Daggers    ISBN 0-312-85769-1 
        Winter's Heart         ISBN 0-312-86425-6


   All nine volumes are available in hardback in the United States;
   the first eight are currently available in paperback as well.

   (Despite popular misconception, there are hardcover editions
   of the first two books.  The FAQ maintainer happens to own
   such copies, and has seen them on sale, in retail stores,
   recently.)

   All of the Wheel of Time books in the United States and Canada are
   published by Tor Books ( http://www.tor.com/ ).  UK/International
   versions are published by Orbit.  See the Wheel of Time FAQ for
   ISBN numbers and prices (see Section 5.1 for directions on where
   to get the Wheel of Time FAQ).

Q: What is the title of the next book?
A: The title of the tenth volume is almost certainly unknown, even to
   Jordan, as of the update of this document.  We call it Book Ten.

Q: So when will I be able to buy it? 
A: Not for some time.  PNH at Tor books has confirmed that Jordan
   *hopes* to turn in the manuscript for Book Ten some time in the top
   half of calendar year 2002.  If that happens (and authors have been
   known to overestimate their speed of writing) then Tor hopes to
   publish Book Ten sometime in the bottom half of calendar 2002.

   As always, Tor promises to keep this newsgroup informed.

Q: Why so long a gap between manuscript and publication?
A: For the past several books, Tor has moved mountains to go from
   manuscript to publication and distribution in about six weeks.  This
   involves massive efforts and unbelievable scrambling.

   The publishers at Tor believe that with a slower pace of
   publication, they can do a higher quality job of publication,
   including proofing, advertising, distribution, and all the myriad
   hidden details.
  
   This FAQ keeper asks that you not pester the nice book publishers
   about this.

Q: What is the deal with the prologue of the last book?
A: As most are probably aware, Simon and Schuster have acquired
   electronic rights to "Snow" which is the prologue
   to _Winter's Heart_.  They released the prologue in
   electronic form on September 13th, 2000, at a price of $5.00.
   They did NOT purchased the rights to the entire book, only
   to the prologue.  They will not publish the entire book
   electronically, now or ever, unless they purchase the rights
   to do so.  There are no plans we know of which indicate this.

http://www.simonsays.com/book/default_book.cfm?areaid=170&isbn=0743215478

   Note:  THE TOR PRINTED EDITION CONTAINS THE ENTIRE PROLOGUE!
   Therefore, buying the electronic version is not necessary.

   Tor books, the publisher of the paper and ink version, had
   nohing to do with this development.  They have the rights
   to the entire book, and obviously published the book complete.

Q: How many books will the Wheel of Time series end up being?
A: Recent question and answer sessions, or electronic chats, indicate
   that Jordan still needs on the order of three more books to complete
   the series.  He explicitly makes no promises on this.

Q: Is Robert Jordan on the Net?
A: No.  He understands its addictiveness and can't afford the
   time.  If you want to write to him, send a letter in care of Tor
   Books:

        		Robert Jordan
        		c/o Tor Books
        		175 Fifth Avenue
        		New York, NY 10010

Q: Are there any other books about The Wheel of Time?
A: In fact, yes,  

   1)  _The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time_ by
   Robert Jordan with Teresa Patterson has been published.  
   (ISBN 0-312-86219-9)
   
   This volume contains a significant amount of information previously 
   unknown about the Age of Legends, the Trolloc Wars, Hawkwing's era,
   and the Seanchan.  It also contains a large number of color
   illustrations, which buyers may wish to peruse before parting with
   their cash.
   
   The newsgroup members are split as to whether the information in
   the Guide is considered 'canon' or not.

   2) _Legends_, a volume of short stories editted by Robert
   Silverberg, contains a novella named "New Spring" detailing
   Moiraine's and Lan's first meeting.  It is written by Robert Jordan
   and considered canon.  (ISBN 0-312-86787-5)

   3)	There is a recently written short story called "The Strike at
   Shayol Ghul" by Robert Jordan.  The story was published as part of
   the Balticon XXX program guide, and details a bit of the events
   leading up to and including the strike at Shayol Ghul.

   WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, you can obtain one by sending seven stamps, a
   request for the program guide, and a donation the Reading is
   Fundamental charity in any amount you can afford to the folks at
   Balticon at:

   B30 BSFAN
   P. O. Box 686
   Baltimore, MD  21203-0686

   Make any donation checks or money orders payable to the RIF
   charity.

   This short story is now available on-line at the Tor books web
   page, specifically at

   http://www.tor.com/shayol.html

Q: What will Jordan write after he finishes the Wheel of Time?
A: Robert Jordan has said that he has plans for a series
   tentatively titled "Shipwrecked", based on a Seanchan-like world
   and events revolving around a character who washes ashore.  But he
   doesn't plan to start writing it until he finishes the Wheel of
   Time series.

Q: What else can I read while I wait for Book 10?
A: Tor is capitalizing on Jordan's popularity by rereleasing
   some of Robert Jordan's older works.

   A hardcover compendium of three of Jordan's seven "Conan" novels
   is currently in stores as "The Conan Chronicles", and includes
   "Conan the Invincible", "Conan the Defender" and "Conan the
   Unconquered".

   A hardcover of "The Fallon Blood" under Tor's 'Forge' imprint is
   also currently available in stores.  It is a historical novel set
   in the Revolutionary War period, and is the first of a three-part
   series.  (The sequels are expected to be reprinted in the future
   as well, but are currently out of print.)

Q: What are _From the Two Rivers_ and _To the Blight_?
A: These are _The Eye of the World_ split up into two volumes and
   republished by Tor as part of their youth-oriented line of books.  No
   material has been taken out of the books.  However, FtTR, according to
   PNH will have a new prologue-like chapter featuring some of the main
   characters at a tender age; TtB will have a new glossary; and both
   will be illustrated.
   
   There are no plans currently to make that new material available at
   any web site.

Q: Are there any Wheel of Time related games?

   There are three.  

   1)   Legend Entertainment Company, has produced a Wheel
   of Time themed computer game.  More information can be found
   at their website:

   http://www.wheeloftime.com/

   2)   There is a collectible card game produced by Precedence
   Entertainment, which also produces the Babylon 5 collectible card
   game.  However, the game has been canceled.  More information can
   be found at:

   http://www.eyeoftheworld.org/Cancel.HTML

   3)   Wizards of the Coast has produced a Wheel of Time pen and
   paper role playing game, based around their 'd20' system.  More
   information can be found at:

   http://store.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=7230

   There will also be a follow-on volume called _The Prophecies of the
   Dragon_ which by reports will be a book of adventures for that system,
   set during the events of the Wheel of Time series, but not using named
   characters from the series as characters.

Q: What is _The Prophecies of the Dragon_?
A: See above-- it is a supplement for the role playing game, NOT a
   volume of the actual prophecies.

Q: Can anyone type up and send me SaSG (or anything else)?
A: No.  No.  A thousand times, no.
   
   No.  Not legally.  

   Nothing which Robert Jordan has written is in the public domain.
   Everything which Robert Jordan has ever published is covered under
   copyright laws.  That means everything.  Please note that under
   the Berne Convention, an international agreement to which almost
   all nations (including the United States) are signatory, _all_
   written works are under copyright automatically, even when no
   explicit copyright is mentioned.  Seriously.  This applies to
   EVERYTHING, most especially published materials.

   For emphasis, no prologues to any volume is public domain, even
   though available through Tor's or Simon and Schuster's Web site.
   You may of course add a link to that page in any page you create,
   but the text itself is not public domain.

   For emphasis, the story "The Strike at Shayol Ghul" is not public
   domain.  If you receive an electronic copy of this story, be
   advised that it is stolen property in a very real fashion, and the
   person from whom you received it is a thief.

   Asking for electronic copies of Robert Jordan's material to be
   posted or mailed is asking for commission of theft.  It is in
   extremely poor taste.  Please do not do it here.

Q: What about the artwork?
A: That's slightly different.

   Artwork falls into two categories, cover art and chapter icons.

   Cover art may be used, as long as you do not delete any of the
   text from the coer (for instance, Robert Jordan's name, the title,
   quotes on the back, etc.)

   Chapter icons were originally off limits.  According to PNH,
   this has changed.  It is now permissible to use scanned in chapter
   icons on Jordan-related web pages or printed materials, so long as
   you note that the icons are copyrighted by Tor books and used with
   permission.  You MAY NOT place chapter icons on any consumer good,
   nor may you sell them or make money from them.

   Interior maps, unfortunately, are still off-limits.  You may not
   scan in and use interior maps.

Q: Is Robert Jordan dead, dying, sick, or injured?
A: No, no, a thousand times no.

   This is a persistent rumor spread by idiots and malcontents, both.

   Asking this question on the newsgroup will irritate people.
   Spreading it around will incense people, and very likely cause you
   to be flamed and mocked.

   If something should eventually happen along these lines for real, it
   is highly likely that the nice people at Tor would let us know very
   quickly, and that would be reflected in this document within twenty
   four hours.

                               * * * 

Section 3:  GENERAL COURTESY AND NEWSGROUP SPECIFIC
CONVENTIONS/POLICIES.

Section 3.1:  General Courtesy:

   Before you post, please read the newsgroup for a while.  This is
   the best way to see how things are done, and you'll probably find
   that whatever question/point you wish to pose has already been
   discussed before.  You will want to take this into account if and
   when you bring it up.

   We urge all readers to follow these few points of "netiquette" to
   avoid irritating people and to increase the likelihood that people
   respond to your ideas.  The idea behind these recommendations is
   two-fold.  First, to make the newsgroup run as smoothly and
   pleasantly for all concerned, both old-timer and new user.
   Second, to help the new user communicate efficiently, because
   communication is the prime goal of Usenet.  The idea is NOT to
   stifle discussion or add unnecessary restrictions.

   It should also be noted that all of these maxims can and should be
   applied to every Usenet newsgroup, not only this one.


   Section 3.1.1:  Read the Wheel of Time FAQ.

    Before posting your brilliant new idea (e.g. "Hey! I think Shaiel
    = Tigraine," or "Hey! Maybe Slayer = Luc + Isam!"), make sure it
    has not been discussed to death months before.  The collected
    wisdom of the jordan discussions is available in the form of the
    Wheel of Time FAQ.  It is a huge document, and even if you don't
    feel like reading it all at once, you should read it at some
    point, and at least search it for keywords before bringing up
    something that has already been discussed.  Details on how to get
    the Wheel of Time FAQ are found in in section 5.1 below.

    Note that just because a topic is covered in the Wheel of Time
    FAQ does not mean you cannot post to the newsgroup about it.
    However, it would be a good idea, and the polite thing to do, if
    you check the WoT FAQ first so that you can consider previous
    discussion of your idea and hopefully discover something we all
    missed.

   Section 3.1.2:  Keep quoting to a minimum.

Only keep as much of the previous post post as is necessary for
    people to know what you are talking about.  Summarize wherever
    possible (i.e. instead of 20 lines of included text, summarize it
    in a sentence).  Make sure you attribute the right things to the
    right people, and ALWAYS DELETE .sigs WHEN QUOTING.  On the same
    token, don't post a reply to a specific post without quoting or
    summarizing at least some of it.  The idea is to include *just
    enough* context for people who have not seen the article to which
    you are replying (which can happen quite frequently) to be able
    to understand your comments.

   Section 3.1.3:  Use descriptive subject headers.

    If you want to discuss the intermarriages of the royal houses in
    Andor, use a subject line like "Royal Lineage in Andor".  Threads
    (lines of discussion) often drift from their original topic.
    When this happens, subject lines might have little to do with the
    content of the articles.  Try to avoid this situation by using a
    new title when you start a new thread, and try not to drift from
    the topic too much within a thread.  Drift is inevitable, though,
    and when it happens, it's usually appropriate to rename the
    thread.  To continue the example above, if the topic shifts from
    royal lineage to Rand's parents to intermarriages in the Two
    Rivers, you might rename the thread "Two Rivers Genealogy (was
    Re: Royal Lineage in Andor)" or simply "Two Rivers Genealogy".
    If it shifts to non-book related material, include TAN in the
    Subject line (see Section 3.3).

   Section 3.1.4:  Avoid incendiary language and unconstructive
   criticism.

    Words like "rip-off," "crap," and "semi-literate, brainwashed
    fools" will irritate people, even if that was not your intent.
    If you disagree with someone, tell the group why you disagree;
    don't just call that person names.

   Section 3.1.5:  Legibility, readability and other miscellenia.

    Usenet is a media designed to facilitate communication, and the
    rasfwrj newsgroup is a fairly busy newsgroup, with many articles
    streaming in every day.  A good way to encourage people to read 
    your articles is to present them in a format which makes them 
    pleasing to as many eyes as possible.  The following are a few 
    helpful hints on how to keep your articles legible.

    Make a paragraph form by introducing a blank line between each
    paragraph, and a blank line between quoted text and your own text.

    Put "quote marks" in front of each line of quoted text.  Many
    newsreaders do this automatically, by putting a '>' symbol at the
    beginning of each line. 
 
    Keep your line lengths to below 80 characters, preferably
    somewhere in the range of 70 to 75 characters, so that people
    reading news on standard 80 column terminals (that is, most of
    us) can both read and quote your text easily.

    Finally, make some attempt to follow the dictates of English
    grammar.  It is a given that people will make mistakes,
    mispellings and the occasional gaffe.  No one claims to be
    perfect (for very long).  Likewise, we all have our own style.
    But in general, posts which are written in good English, with
    proper capitalization and punctuation are the easiest to read.

    And we all want people to read our posts with the minimum
    possible effort.

   Section 3.1.6:  Don't Post Fucking Binary Files.

	 Don't post binaries here. 

	 In an ideal world, this section would not be needed, as
	 people would already know not to post binaries anywhere
	 not dedicated to them.  Don't post them here because you
	 will make some people mad, and the rest of the people will
	 never see them, as they will be removed by cancelbots at
	 most sites.

   Section 3.1.7:  Don't Crosspost.	

    Crossposting is, in the vast majority of cases, unecessary.  More
    than that, in many cases, it will actively annoy the members of
    the newsgroups to which you are crossposting.  Please don't do it
    here.  

   Section 3.2:  Spoiler Policy:

    NOTE:  This section is left in so that people can see what the policy
    was last year, and what it will likely resemble for Book Ten.
    However, it is NOT CURRENTLY IN FORCE.

    When a new book comes out, some people obtain and read it before
    other people do.  People who have read parts of the book want to
    talk about them, but people who haven't gotten that far don't want
    you to spoil the surprises for them. 

    After long discussion prior to the release of _Winter's Heart_,
    there was consensus for the following policy:
 
    1) Try to enforce spoiler protection for _Winter's Heart_ for two
       or three weeks after the release of the book.  Trying to enforce
       anything for any longer than that simply turns out to be
       unfeasible, and very annoying.

    2) Therefore, in the subject header, make people aware of the
       content by adding either the prefix tag WH: to the subject, or the
       word "Spoilers!" to the subject.  Preferably both.

    Additionally, do not use a title that is, itself, a spoiler.  For
    instance, if it turns out that Tam al'Thor killed Asmodean, then a
    subject of:

    WH:  Tam killed Asmodean!! (Spoilers)

    Doesn't really help.

    3) Finally, once you've done that, then in the body of the
       message, insert either a page break or a screen of whitespace
       before your actual spoilers.  While not all newsreaders accept
       page breaks, neither are all terminal sizes limited to 24 lines.
       It is the opinion of this FAQ writer that newsreaders that do not
       accept page breaks are broken by implementation.  It is also the
       opinion of this FAQ writer that anyone who braves a post marked
       "Spoilers!" in the header gets exactly what he or she deserves,
       whether through a broken newsreader failing to implement a page
       break, or through a post with insufficient whitespace for his 
       screen settings.
 
  Section 3.3:  The "TAN:" Subject Header

   It is inevitable that there will be threads that do not directly
   pertain to the books, and it is inevitable that this sort of thing
   will annoy some people.  In order to keep things civilized, it is
   suggested that such discussions be labeled "[TAN]" for
   "tangential."  For example:

   Subject: [TAN] Warder Applications
   Subject: [TAN] Plot Contest
   Subject: [TAN] What did Lanfear give Roy for his birthday?

   This is a recent change from the previous "TAN:" style of tagging,
   and the change is motivated primarily by the proliferation of
   braindead newsreaders out there which strip everything prior to an
   initial ":" character from the Subject headers.

   Probably no one will jump down your throat for using the old one
   if you forget, but please try to remember to change to the new one.

   Please note that this is as official a sanction as is
   feasible regarding tangential, or off-topic discussions.
   This document makes such a sanction because, on observing the
   newsgroup since day one of its inception and having canvassed
   the newsgroup members publically, the FAQ maintainer firmly
   believes the regular participants of the newsgroup prefer
   it this way.  Therefore, please do not complain about the
   amount of off-topic conversation; especially during the
   long periods between books, it is a fact of life.
    
   However, as always, the first rule of newsgroup etiquette (as
   pointed out in Section 3.1 above) is "please read the newsgroup for a
   while."  Analogizing the newsgroup to a sports bar, you can be sure
   that striking up an on-topic conversation (about a current basketball
   game, in the sports bar; about Robert Jordan, here) is going to be
   safe and well-received.  Trying to branch out into off-topic
   conversations will probably not be well-regarded (in fact, will
   probably be ignored) if begun before you have gotten a feel for the
   personalities around you, and vice-versa.  It's human nature.
   
   This is not a call for drive-by postings, as it were, and it
   is MOST CERTAINLY NOT a sanction on SPAM.  Thinking back to
   the sports bar concept, no one likes people who walk in off
   the street, shout something and leave, or try to address the
   whole bar about, say, Tolstoy, when that person has never set
   foot in the bar before.  And annoying salesmen are ejected
   swiftly and painfully.
   
  Section 4:  COMMON ABBREVIATIONS

   You may note that there are many strange and arcane acronyms and
   abbreviations used on this group. Here are interpretations of the
   most commonly used:
   
   TWoT         = The Wheel of Time (also just WoT)
   TEotW        = The Eye of the World (sometimes just EOW)
   TGH          = The Great Hunt
   TDR          = The Dragon Reborn
   TSR          = The Shadow Rising
   TFoH         = The Fires of Heaven (sometimes just FOH)
   LoC          = Lord of Chaos
   CoS/ACoS     = A Crown of Swords
   TPoD         = The Path of Daggers
   WH           = Winter's Heart
   rasfw        = rec.arts.sf.written (also "r.a.sf.w", sometimes "rasw")
   rasfwrj      = rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan (also "r.a.sf.w.r-j")
   AOL          = Age of Legends (or America OnLine, depending on context)
   AS           = Aes Sedai (or Amyrlin Seat)
   Asm          = Asmodean
   BA           = Black Ajah
   DF           = Darkfriend
   DFS/DS       = Darkfriend Social (Two usages:  The event in the Prologue
		of TGH, or a real-life meeting of newsgroup members.)
   DO           = Dark One
   DotNM        = Daughter of the Nine Moons
   Eg/Egw       = Egwene
   El           = Elayne       
   Ish/Ishy     = Ishamael
   LTT          = Lews Therin Telamon
   Mog/Moggy    = Moghedien
   Mo/Moi/Moir  = Moiraine
   MPS          = Mad Passionate Sex, (c) Mike Macchione
   MT           = Mazrim Taim
   NS           = New Spring
   Ny/Nyn       = Nynaeve
   OP           = One Power
   PNH          = Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Sr. Editor, Tor Books).
   Randland     = The Wheel of Time world.  Sometimes used to refer 
                  to the entire world, sometimes just the mainland areas
                  shown on the maps.
   RJ           = Robert Jordan (also referred to as 'The Creator')
   SG           = Shayol Ghul
   SS           = Siuan Sanche
   TAR/T'A'R    = Tel'aran'rhiod
   TS           = True Source
   TV           = Tar Valon
   WC/WCs       = Whitecloak(s)
   WO/WOs       = Wise One(s)
   WT           = White Tower
   YKYBRTMRJW   = You Know You've Been Reading Too Much Robert Jordan When...
		  (also IKIHBRTMRJ = I Know I Have Been...)

   And a few of the most common Usenet-wide acronyms:

   AFAIK        = As Far As I Know (also AFAIR = As Far As I Remember)
   FAQ          = Frequently Asked Question(s)
   FWIW         = For What It's Worth
   HTH          = Hope This Helps(Helped)
   IIRC         = If I Remember Correctly
   IMHO         = In My Humble Opinion (also IMNSHO, where NS = Not So;
                  IMNAAHO, where NAA = Not At All; IMAO = In My Arrogant
                  Opinion)
   ROFL/ROTFL   = Rolling On the Floor, Laughing
   RTFF         = Read The Flaming FAQ!
   YMMV         = Your Milage May Vary ("Tastes Vary")
   WWW          = World Wide Web
   grep         = (verb) search, usually a file for key words.
		  (from a Unix command to search files for words).
   Ob (prefix)  = Obligatory reference to something.  (For example, an
		  ObJordan is an obligatory reference to RJ, usually
		  in an article that would otherwise be off-topic.
		  But usage varies; often, it indicates a reference
		  to an inside-joke or past event.)
YHBT. YHL. HAND. = You Have Been Trolled.  You Have Lost.  Have A Nice
		   Day.  Indicates you interpreted words at face
		   value when they were intended to be a joke.  Enjoy
		   a good laugh, it happens to the best of us too.

                               * * * 

  Section 5:  NEWSGROUP RESOURCES AND ARCHIVES

   This FAQ isn't even the tip of the metaphorical iceberg of Robert
   Jordan fandom accumulated on the Internet and other venues.  We
   strongly suggest that you download a copy of the Wheel of Time FAQ, a
   much lengthier collection of questions, discussion, humor, and
   fandom.  There is also tons more information, collections and humor
   available by anonymous ftp or on the WWW. (See the end of Section 5.2
   for directions on how to use ftp.)
   
  Section 5.1:  The Wheel of Time FAQ.

   The Wheel of Time FAQ is an extensive collection of culled from
   discussions of the Wheel of Time over the past several years.  It
   includes summaries of many discussions/conclusions/ideas/theories
   from Usenet and other sources, plus a list of collected prophecies
   from the books for your handy reference.  It is STRONGLY
   RECOMMENDED that you get a copy of the Wheel of Time FAQ and check
   if your idea has been already discussed before you post it.

   Pam Korda has archived a large number of past versions of the FAQ.

   These can all be found through the her web page at:
   
   http://student-www.uchicago.edu/~kor2/WOT/WOTindex/faqinfo.html

   For easy reference, the newest version of the FAQ, which
   incorporates information from the most recent book (The Path of
   Daggers) is available at:

   http://linuxmafia.com/jordan/

   There is a UK mirror site available at:

   http://www.arkane.demon.co.uk/WOTFAQ/

   Andy Carlson has set up an automatic server to email copies of the
   Lord of Chaos version of the Wheel of Time FAQ.  Send an email
   message to jordan@andyc.carenet.org (subject and body don't matter.)
 
   Versions of the Wheel of Time FAQ are also available on America
   Online, Prodigy and Compuserve, though they may be out of date or
   modified.  On America Online, the WoT FAQ is in the Fantasy
   Library section of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Area (Keyword:
   SF).  On Compuserve, it is in the Science Fiction Literature Forum
   Library in the Fantasy Section (GO: SFLIT).  On Prodigy, a
   variation of the WoT FAQ is posted on the Science Fiction/Fantasy
   Bulletin Board in the Robert Jordan Topic about once every two
   months in three parts, under the subjects FAQ, GTW, and
   JORDANFAQ.  Info on Prodigy Exporting can be found by JUMPing:
   Bulletin Boards under the section entitled "BB How To's."


  Section 5.2:  The Jordan Archives (FTP site and WWW home page).

   The Jordan Archives contain an extensive collection of information
   culled from the discussion on rasfwrj and from earlier discussions
   on rec.arts.sf.written.  In addition to this FAQ and the Wheel of
   Time FAQ, it contains numberous other submissions ranging from
   humor (filksongs, The Dark One's Dictionary, etc.), results from
   surveys and plot submission contests, collections of information
   from the books (an Old Tongue dictionary, character lists, etc.)
   and much more.

   The Jordan archives are available at:

   http://linuxmafia.com/waygate/no-haunt/jordan.html

   The Wheel of Time Home Page contains links to the web pages of
   several of the regular posters to rasfwrj, some of whom also have
   Jordan related web pages.

  Section 5.3:  The Compleat Wheel of Time WWW Index

   Pam Korda also maintains an index of all the Wheel of Time related
   resources on the WWW at

   http://student-www.uchicago.edu/users/~kor2/WOT/WOTindex.html

                               * * * 

  Section 6:  OTHER AREAS OF ROBERT JORDAN FANDOM
  
  Section 6.1:  Mailing Lists:

   Ron Festine runs and maintains the Robert Jordan List, for those
   overwhelmed by the bandwidth of the newsgroup:

   A great discussion group, especially helpful to readers new to
   Robert Jordan's books, takes place via email. To subscribe send a
   brief message to rfestine@spider.lloyd.com. Advanced readers are
   welcome also, but please, no jumping on newbies.

   A list is maintained at:

   http://www.icon-stl.net/~samsysd/rjl.html

                               * * * 

Section 7:  HOW TO FIND THE LATEST VERSION OF THIS FAQ.

   As always, the most up-to-date version of this FAQ can be obtained
   via anonymous ftp from rtfm.mit.edu (the official news.answers
   archive site, where all FAQs that are posted to news.answers are
   kept), in directory /pub/usenet/news.answers/sf as the file
   robert-jordan-faq.

   On the WWW (World Wide Web), use the URL (Uniform resource locator)

   http://www.landfield.com/faqs/by-newsgroup/rec/
   rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan.html

   (Join the lines)  That is the preferred method, as it updates
   automatically when the FAQ is posted.

   This FAQ is also available on the rasfwrj archive site
   (ftp.cc.gatech.edu) mentioned above, but it is not currently
   updated automatically every time the FAQ is posted.

   Or, you can always send me email at jsn@cegt201.bradley.edu and
   just ask me for a copy.

   As a last resort, you can use the news.answers ftp-by-mail
   server.  Send a message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the
   following two lines in the body (not the subject) of the message:

	send usenet/news.answers/sf/robert-jordan-faq
	quit

   Be warned that the turnaround time for the rtfm mail server can be
   rather slow.


                               * * * 

Section 8:  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

   This FAQ was created by Bill Garrett, Pam Korda and Joe Shaw, and
   is maintained by John S. Novak, III.  The authors and maintainer
   wish to thank the many people who have contributed information,
   with Special Thanks to Patrick Nielsen Hayden of Tor Books.  This
   document was prepared under strict supervision by the Secret
   Usenet Cabal and has been brought to you by the letter U.


-- 
John S. Novak, III       	jsn@cegt201.bradley.edu
The Humblest Man on the Net

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