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”The main goal of Mainframe, then, is to take ideas I have that I (so far) haven’t been able to do anything with, or to take stories I want to see done more as a television show, then try to make audio-drama-style expansions to them.—Brandon Sanderson
Mainframe is focused on the production of spoken word entertainment, including audio original novellas, novels, and dramas. Recorded Books was a launch partner of the company's. Most of Mainframe's works will also be printed in a prose format.
Brandon and Max founded the company after realizing how difficult it can be to get projects completed in the film/television space, leaving some of Brandon's ideas unused. He partnered with Max, who has experience in Hollywood, to create their own company where they could produce original works and also extend the universe of some of Brandon's existing series. Brandon's work in this area may lead to a full-fledged film production company in the future.
All of Mainframe's projects to date have had Brandon's involvement, but he has collaborated with several other authors.
- The Original, coauthored with Mary Robinette Kowal
- Lux, coauthored with Steven Michael Bohls
- Sunreach, ReDawn, and Evershore, Cytoverse novellas coauthored with Janci Patterson
- Stephen Leeds: Death & Faxes, a serial podcast-like extension of the Legion universe with a writer's room and Max Epstein as "showrunner"
- Dark One: Forgotten, coauthored with Dan Wells
- Dark One: Prophetic Histories
- A second audiobook edition of Edgedancer, which will also include Lift's interlude from Words of Radiance as a prologue.
- JABberwocky Catalog & Rights Guide
— awfulagent.com - 2021-06-14#
- State of the Sanderson 2020
— Brandon's website - 2020-12-18#
- Cover Reveal for Lux: A Texas Reckoners Novel
— Brandon's website - 2021-06-24#
- General Twitter 2021
— Arcanum - 2021-08-30#
- Peter Ahlstrom's explanation
— Reddit - 2022-07-29#
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