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Snapshot Dragonsteel edition.jpg
by Howard Lyon
Setting Earth (Reckoners)
Released February 17, 2017

Snapshot is a non-cosmere science fiction novella by Brandon Sanderson.[1] It takes place in the Reckoners multiverse.[2]

Snapshot is a Science Fiction detective story following Anthony Davis, a cop assigned to Snapshot Duty. In this vivid world that author Brandon Sanderson has built, society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow—all of them are real again for a one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court.

Davis's job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.

As in all many stories, Snapshot follows a wonderfully flawed character as he attempts to solve a horrific crime. Sanderson proves that no matter the genre, he is one of the most skilled storytellers in the business.
—From Vault Books' announcement[3]


Davis and his partner Chaz try to find a serial killer inside a Snapshot.


The initial draft of Snapshot was written during March 2016 during a trip to Dubai.[4][5]

Publication History[edit]

Limited Hardcover Edition
2017 - Vault Books[5]
Ebook Edition
2017 - Dragonsteel Entertainment[5]
Con-Exclusive Hardcover Edition (possibly with Dreamer)
2017 - Dragonsteel Entertainment[5]

Cover Art Gallery[edit]


  1. Snapshot is not cosmere.
    — Twitter - Jul 22nd, 2016
  2. It's one of the Other Core Possibilities.
    — Reddit - 2016-12-19
  3. Vault Books' Limited Edition Snapshot Pre-order announcement
    — - Jun 18th, 2016
  4. Snapshot written during Dubai trip.
    — Twitter - Jul 22nd, 2016
  5. a b c d Brandon's Limited Edition Snapshot Pre-order announcement
    Brandon's website - Jul 22nd, 2016
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