- Aug 13, 2009
That goes a bit off-topic. Let's see if anyone notices. >.>ArcaneGamer said:You've written on the subject of science and magic mixed together? Do tell. I find the ideas of Functional Magic, and/or MagiTech fascinating. The knowledge and technology of science, combined with the raw power and potential of magic...wonderful, yet potentially devastating. I say that, because when people get a new resource, tool, or invention...we eventually find SOME way of either hurting people with it, or using it in a way it wasn't originally meant to be used. Like say, the atom bomb or the creation of dynamite. But that isn't to say all innovations are bad. After all, what are most inventors? Dreamers, creators. Dream lead to divine discoveries, wouldn't you say? An idea for story I'm trying to come with is one wherein Magic either shows up, or "comes back" into modern society. After a celestial event in which the signs of the zodiac appear in the night sky [or something, I'm thinking of it returning due to an experiment the government does shortly after, and be it intentionally or not, it creates a channel to the realm of the supernatural, or spiritual. Basically, it's an energy that can be used to defy the laws of the universe. I'm...probably either over-thinking it or under-thinking it.]RJ Dalton said:It's sad how true this is. But, really, I've been seeing magic and science mixed together in great works for a long time. Hell, I write tons of stuff that mixes the two. It leads to all sorts of interesting dilemmas.cthulhuspawn82 said:I have already come to accept that Hollywood cant do Doom. I think they are scared off by the very concept of magic, thinking that it will scare and confuse people. At least when it isn't contained in a move solely about magic (e.g. Harry Potter). Hollywood thinks if we see magic and science in the same movie, that our little monkey brains wont be able to make sense of it, and we will end up hating the movie.
But Hollywood has always lagged behind on everything, so it's no surprise they haven't picked up on this possibility.
Mostly, I've just written the two as existing side-by-side. I've hinted that the two mixed in the past, but after certain cataclysmic cultural fall-outs, the two were divided and now nobody mixes the two anymore. Or knows how to mix the two anymore, at least in a meaningful way. It's been a long time since I've written anything specifically set in a world where the two are mixed together.
Or you have a society that was highly scientifically advanced and then some kind of dimensional breach occurred and out of that breach came interstellar beings capable of "magic." Some scientists study the magic in a scientific way, but so far the theories are somewhat inadequate to explain everything because the principles magic follow are . . . well, like Dark Matter: we don't know for certain what it is, or how it works, we only know it exists because of its effects on the world around it.
And in some senses, I treat one form of magic - "wizardry" - as being like technology and science in its own way. Magic, on its own, is a sort of raw, chaotic force that does stuff, but you can lock magic into specific effects - "spells" - through the use of mathematical formula, alchemy (basically, chemistry that taps magical power), and mental discipline. Wands and wizard staffs are just technology powered by magic instead of physics. And, just like science and technology, magic has its limitations and risks. There are things magic can do that blow scientific technology out of the water, but then again, technology is easier to master and use repeatably because it follows more persistent laws, whereas magic always has a certain amount of chaos to it and thus is more subject to entropy. And the fallout of magical accidents are way worse than the fallout of industrial accidents. Every magical accident is its own, miniature nuclear explosion, complete with linger effects (magical radiation/pollution), whereas most industrial accidents can be cleaned up in a matter of weeks or months.
It varies depending on the setting I write in.