The Magic of Science

I love science. And scientists. Einstein, Curie, Fermi, Feynman, Sagan, deGrasse Tyson Hawking. Love them. Love reading about them, love listening to them speak, but what I love most is the work they’ve done to advance our knowledge of how the Universe works.

And what I love most about *that* is trying to figure out how to incorporate those ideas into magic. How to tweak the laws of thermodynamics or electromagnetism in a way that makes my magic-users more “real”. How to link E=MC² to magical constructs. Mass/energy conversions for shape-shifters. Biological processes for vampirism. Invisibility. Flight. Trans-dimensional travel.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke

I love Arthur’s third law because it fits so smoothly into Larry Niven’s converse law – Any sufficiently rigorously defined magic is indistinguishable from technology. And that’s what I strive for in my writing. To have my magic be as realistic and scientifically sound as possible without sacrificing the story.


4 responses to “The Magic of Science

  1. raymondbolton

    So cool. Interesting concept.

  2. So true, Ana! Some of the best books I’ve ever read follow this concept.

  3. Ana, I love it! I’m working on an idea that includes magical tech, so I’ve been reading books on voodoo, alchemy and quantum physics. Fun times. :)


  4. It is hard not to believe in magic let alone not accept it, when so much of it goes on around us everyday–things science can’t explain. Besides, it’s fun!


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