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0.01: The Wheel of Time FAQ: Introduction, Copyright Information, and Contents


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This version of the WOTFAQ was initially published in January 2004.

Copyright Information

The Wheel of Time FAQ (WOTFAQ) contains writing by many authors. The individual authors hold copyright to their respective contributions, as cited in the text. The Wheel of Time books, and all quotations therefrom, are Copyright 1990-2003 by Robert Jordan. The Wheel of Time chapter icons are by Matthew C. Nielsen, and are Copyright 1990-2000 by Tor Books, used with their gracious permission. Unattributed material in the WOTFAQ is Copyright 2004 by Leigh Butler, Pamela Korda and Erica Sadun. This version of the WOTFAQ is Copyright 2004 by Leigh Butler, Pamela Korda and Erica Sadun.

What does all that mean? You may not distribute the WOTFAQ in any form, in whole or in part, without written permission from Leigh Butler. You certainly may not claim any part of the WOTFAQ as your own work, unless, of course, you wrote that part. You may print out a copy of the WOTFAQ for your own personal use. You may keep a copy of the WOTFAQ on your own computer for your personal use, provided that you don't distribute it. For example, you may not make the WOTFAQ available on your web page without permission. You may quote short portions of it as reference material, provided that you provide proper citation and credit.

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Introduction to the WOTFAQ-- a Word from the FAQueen

This is the Wheel of Time Wondrous Masterpiece of Assembled Knowledge, Theories, and Discussion (a.k.a. The Frequently Asked Questions compendium). 'Tis edited and maintained by me, Leigh Butler. The FAQ is based on discussion of The Wheel of Time series on the Usenet group rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, as well as some personal correspondence, and a few other sources on the Web. This version of the WOTFAQ contains lots of SPOILERS for all books of the Wheel of Time, up to and including Book 10, Crossroads of Twilight. If you haven't read, don't read. There are versions of the WOTFAQ from before COT (i.e. no spoilers, but some out-dated theories), which you can find links to in the Wheel of Time Index (see section 0.08).

This version of the WOTFAQ (v7.0) has been updated to include information and theories from Crossroads of Twilight. The Keywords and Sitemap indices have been deleted.

Standard Reference Format: [Book Abbreviation: Chapter Number, Chapter Name, Tor HC page number]

Credits

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Keeper of the Chronicles (FAQ Maintainer and HTML implementation): Leigh Butler (leighdb@pacbell.net).

Defender of the Dragonwall (Site Maintainer) and FAQueen Emeritus: Pam Korda (pam@linuxmafia.com).

Master of the Blades (Original Site Design): Matthew Hunter.

Mother of the FAQ (Originator of the WOTFAQ): Erica Sadun.

Advertisement-free Web space courtesy of: Rick Möen (original site); Alistair Young (UK mirrors); Maggie Brazeau and David Scotton (US mirror); and Kate Nepveu (2nd US mirror).

Beta-testers/Proofreaders: A ton of thanks go to Steven Cooper, who went above and beyond the call of duty with an exhaustive proofread of the entire FAQ. You rock, Steven... A plethora of kudos also go to my crack team of nitpickers and broken-link-finders - Evan "Skwid" Langlinais, Duncan Macdonald, Pat O'Connell, and Jennifer Winters. Also thanks to Kjell Stahl, my johnny-on-the-spot with the page refs, and to Maggie Brazeau for her help in the final stages of production.

FAQing awesome people: Richard Boyé, for taking on the hellish job of updating the Sitter section for me; Jeff Dougan, for helping me put together the oh-so-fun bonding section; Kevin Bartlett and Karl-Johan Norén, whose web pages Pam plundered mercilessly for good analyses of Asmodean's murder; Steven Cooper (again!), for his comprehensive and endlessly useful Chronology; Daniel Posey, for his Ideal Seek engine (or as I like to call it, Sanity Flotation Device); Bill Garrett and Hawk, for allowing me to make free with their hardbound property; and Pam Korda, for her continuing and fabulous assistance in maintaining the FAQ.

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