Alcatraz Books Bibliography

Audett, James Henry (Blackie, Rap Sheet: My Life Story, New York: William Sloane Associates, 1954.

One is tempted to include this as a work of fiction. Blackie claims to have been partners with nearly every major organized crime figure including "Johnny" Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson. He freely steals experiences from other Alcatraz prisoners and glorifies his own role in the 1946 Blast-Out attempt. Here and there, if one looks carefully, one can find a snippet of truth.

Conway, Bryan and T.H. Alexander, "20 Months in Alcatraz", Saturday Evening Post, February 19, 1938.

Conway's story covers the period from 1934 to 1937 when he was transferred to Alcatraz after refusing to testify against a fellow convict. He speaks about the "island grapevine" by which prisoners got the news of the day, the "snitch boxes", rules and regulations, and the sit down strikes of 1937. He also speaks poorly of Al Capone.

Davis, A.W. and Douglas Hicks, "Alcatraz: The story from the inside", , San Francisco Call-Bulletin, June 1937.

A.W. Davis didn't spend much time on the Rock nor does he explain just why he was transferred from a minimum security conservation camp to America's most secure prison (he set fire to some buildings), but this series shows a prisoner coping with the daily routine. It also gives a very human and affectionate portrait of Al Capone.

Karpis (Karpowicz), Alvin and Robert Livesey, On the Rock: Twenty-five years in Alcatraz, New York: Beaufort Books, 1980.

Karpis's autobiography qualifies as light reading, though it provides some otherwise unavailable glimpses into the lives of other prominent Alcatraz inmates. One should read his strings of anecdotes critically -- he often mixes jailhouse folklore with fact. When discussing his personal experiences, however, Karpis does not seem to lie. His accounts of how and why he was punished closely resemble official accounts.

Larry, Henry, "No Escape from Here", , San Francisco Examiner, September 1936.

Larry describes the dungeons beneath the prison (he mistakes them for being of Spanish construction), talks about the 1936 general strike, names several men who he believes were driven mad by Alcatraz, and tells what he saw of the shooting of Joseph Bowers.

Quillen, Jim, Alcatraz from inside, San Francisco: Golden Gate National Park Association, 1991.

Quillen's is probably the least romanticized and least vindictive of the prison memoirs to come off the Rock. Covering the years from 1942 to 1952 it is an especially valuable resource about the 1946 Blast-Out. Unlike other prison memoirists (with the exception of Karpis), Quillen is frank about the crimes that brought him to Alcatraz. (He is not above saying "This was a stupid thing I did.") The author has been careful (unlike Alvin Karpis) to root out prison folklore and remember the essential humanity of everyone from the Warden on down at Alcatraz. He makes a strong case for prison rehabilitation programs as he condemns the extreme restrictiveness of Alcatraz. A fascinating story of fall and redemption.

Reed, Pet, "Alcatraz is Hell", , San Francisco Examiner, November 1938.

The released counterfeiter's account of life under Warden Johnston is a mixed bag: on one hand, Reed speaks compassionately for the victims of mental illness, believed by him to have been driven mad by Alcatraz; on the other hand, he spitefully belittles many of the Rock's big names, calling Al Capone "Phoney Caponey" and Arthur Doc Barker "a little Hitler". Some of his facts are not borne out by prison records.

This is the bibliography of American fantasy and science fiction writer Brandon Sanderson.

The Cosmere[edit]

Sanderson writes many of his works in an overarching universe known as the Cosmere with series tending to be on different planets within that universe. The works, especially the magic systems within them, are often subtly connected and some characters appear across the various series.[1]

Aether of Night series[edit]

Announced with very few details. "Seeds" of the story are in multiple other Cosmere books.[2]

Dragonsteel series[edit]

This story (the story of the shattering of Adonalsium, as told by Hoid) is next-to-last in Sanderson's sequence of Cosmere novels (though it's first chronologically). It will probably be released once Stormlight volume 10 is done.[2]

Elantris series[edit]

Elantris short works[edit]

First of the Sun series[edit]

No novels have been announced in this series.

Mistborn series[edit]

Main article: Mistborn series

In addition to the original trilogy and the Wax and Wayne series, there are at least two other trilogies planned in the Mistborn series.[3][4]

Original trilogy[edit]

Wax and Wayne series[edit]

Also called "Era Two" of the Mistborn series.[2]Alloy of Law was originally a standalone work, but became part of a tetralogy.[3][4]

Mistborn novella[edit]

Silverlight series[edit]

There is a planned novella, but no details have yet been released.[2]

The Stormlight Archive[edit]

Main article: The Stormlight Archive

Ten books are planned in this series in two five-book cycles.

Stormlight novellas[edit]

Threnody series[edit]

At least one novel is planned, though no specific details have been announced.[2]

Threnody novella[edit]

Warbreaker series[edit]

White Sand graphic novel series[edit]

White Sand is set on Taldain where there are Daysiders and Darksiders who harness arcane powers to manipulate sand. The writer is Rik Hoskin and the artist is Julius Gopez with colors by Ross Campbell.[19] The works are based on an original manuscript by Sanderson.[20]

Cosmere standalone novella[edit]

  • Silence Divine (working title, forthcoming), set in the Shardworld Ashyn, in the Greater Rosharan solar system (novella)[3]

Cosmere short work collections[edit]

Other works[edit]

Alcatraz series[edit]

Adamant series[edit]

This is an "epic science fiction space opera" series released every other month as serial novellas. Sanderson plans to write four of the six and have co-authors for the other two. No release dates have been announced.[2]

Dark One series[edit]

A series about a boy who learns he is destined to destroy the world. The series was announced in December 2014, but no information on number of volumes or release dates were included.[3] The Dark One series was originally set in the Cosmere but it got 'pulled out'.[21]

Infinity Blade series[edit]

These works are based on the action role-playingiOS video game Infinity Blade, developed by Chair Entertainment and Epic Games.

Legion series[edit]

The Reckoners series[edit]

Main article: The Reckoners

The Reckoners novella[edit]

Apocalypse Guard series[edit]

The Apocalypse Guard trilogy, "set in a world parallel to that of the Reckoners [trilogy]", was announced on March 1, 2016.[26] The outlining for the series was nearing completion at the end of December 2016.[2] The project was put on hold in November 2017.[27] On February 20, 2018, Dan Wells tweeted that he would be co-writing the series with Sanderson.

Rithmatist series[edit]

Main article: Rithmatist series

Skyward series[edit]

  • Skyward (November 6, 2018)[30]

In a blogpost on his website, Sanderson revealed Skyward is the continuity of something he has written before, but more was not officially stated.[31]

Standalone short works[edit]

This includes standalone short stories, novelettes, and novellas.

  • Centrifugal (1994, (short story)[32]
  • Firstborn (2008,, ISBN 978-1-4299-5298-9) (short story)[33]
  • Defending Elysium (2008, published in October/November 2008 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction) (short story)[34]
  • "Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine" with Ethan Skarstedt in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams (novelette) (2012, Baen Books, ISBN 978-1-4516-3817-2) [35]
  • "Rysn" in Epic: Legends of Fantasy, edited by John Joseph Adams (excerpt from The Way of Kings) (2012, Tachyon, ISBN 978-1-61696-084-1)
  • I Hate Dragons (2013, (short story)[36]
  • "River of Souls" with Robert Jordan in Unfettered, edited by Shawn Speakman (deleted scene from A Memory of Light) (2013, Grim Oak Press, ISBN 978-0-9847136-3-9)
  • "Dreamer" in Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner (short story) (2014, Ace, ISBN 978-0-425-25687-9)[37]
  • Perfect State (2015, Dragonsteel, ISBN 978-1-938570-09-4) (novella)[38]
  • Snapshot (2017, Dragonsteel) (novella)[39]

Collaborative works[edit]

The Wheel of Time[edit]

Main article: The Wheel of Time

The books below are the final books of the Wheel of Time series originally written by Robert Jordan, who died before being able to finish his series. Sanderson was chosen by Harriet McDougal, widow and editor for Robert Jordan, to finish the series according to the notes left behind by her husband. Sanderson has the same publisher for most of his works, Tor Books, as the Wheel of Time series.[40]

A short story set in the world of Wheel of Time was released in 2013:

  • "River of Souls" in Unfettered, edited by Shawn Speakman (short story) (2013, Grim Oak Press, ISBN 978-0-9847136-3-9)[42]


  1. ^"Let's talk about Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere". Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  2. ^ abcdefghiSanderson, Brandon (December 19, 2016). "State of the Sanderson 2016". Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ abcdefghijkSanderson, Brandon (December 18, 2014). "State of the Sanderson: December 2014". Dragonsteel Entertainment. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ abcdSanderson, Brandon. "State of the Sanderson 2015". Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  5. ^"Brandon Sanderson: The Hope of Elantris". Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^"Brandon Sanderson: The Emperors Soul". Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  7. ^"Introducing the Writing Excuses Anthology!". Dragonsteel Entertainment. June 30, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  8. ^"Mistborn: Shadows of Self". Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  9. ^"Tor Acquires Two More Mistborn Novels from Brandon Sanderson". Tor. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  10. ^
  11. ^"Secret History". 
  12. ^ abSanderson, Brandon (February 28, 2013). "The Rithmatist". Tor Books. 
  13. ^ ab"Another Long-Winded Explanation of Various Things". Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  14. ^"Brandon Sanderson Blog: DONE". July 7, 2009. 
  15. ^"Announcing the Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson Book Tour". January 29, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  16. ^"Brandon Sanderson Has Completed the First Draft of Oathbringer, Book 3 of The Stormlight Archive". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  17. ^"Announcing Brandon Sanderson's Arcanum Unbounded, Coming November 2016". Tor. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
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  19. ^"BRANDON SANDERSON's Fantasy Epic Comes To Comic Books With WHITE SAND Preview". Newsarama. April 26, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  20. ^Sanderson, Brandon (May 30, 2014). "Hugo Voter Packet with The Wheel of Time, Convention Deadlines, White Sand Graphic Novels". Dragonsteel Entertainment. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
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  23. ^"Delacorte Press Acquires Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson". June 13, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  24. ^"Firefight (Reckoners)". Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  25. ^"Calamity by Brandon Sanderson". Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  26. ^Lough, Chris (March 1, 2016). "Brandon Sanderson Announces New Apocalypse Guard Book Trilogy". 
  27. ^Jackson, Frannie (November 2, 2017). "Exclusive: Brandon Sanderson Pulls The Apocalypse Guard Release, Gives Update About Mystery Project". Paste Magazine. Archived from the original on November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  28. ^Sanderson, Brandon. "Q&A with Brandon Sanderson". 17th Shard. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
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  31. ^"Centrifugal". 
  32. ^Sanderson, Brandon (December 17, 2008). "Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson". Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  33. ^"Defending Elysium". Dragonsteel Entertainment. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  34. ^"Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine". Dragonsteel Entertainment. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  35. ^"I Hate Dragons". 
  36. ^"Games Creatures Play is out this week!". Dragonsteel Entertainment. April 3, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  37. ^"New novella: Perfect State". 
  38. ^Snapshot is out February 17, 2017
  39. ^Jones, Alexis (January 6, 2013). "Utah author Brandon Sanderson set to release final installment of much-loved Wheel of Time series". Deseret News. 
  40. ^"Tor Fall 2010 Hardcovers and Trade Paperbacks"(PDF). 
  41. ^"River of Souls". Dragonsteel Entertainment. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 

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