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.