In many fantasies, particularly in very popular YA fantasy series, magic seems…well…magical. Things happen, for no reason beyond the quick application of a magic wand. Is it possible to make magic systems consistent? Who are some authors who’ve managed to achieve this?
L.E. Modesitt Jr., Tim Powers, Pat Rothfuss, Jo Walton (m), Gregory A. Wilson
Jo opens with a statement that the panel description seems very in favor of magic not being magical. She feels that consistency does not exclude true magical systems.
Wilson says it can be and should be, he's a professor of English and author.
Modesitt is an author and believes they should be both.
Powers agrees with Lee that on the one hand you want your magic to have limitations, but you don't want it to become technology. LE says he just invalidated almost every one of his books.
Rothfuss says that he thinks it's a spectrum between rule-driven and poetic, as I heard him say elsewhere.
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Man, this was seriously an amazing panel. Man. I wish I had been able to capture more of it.
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