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The Science of Magic

Why is Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom called The Science from Fiction Podcast? Should it not be the Science from Science Fiction Podcast?  Well, by its very nature fiction must contain some story point, some element that does not exist in the world today.  If this element is explained in terms of magic, the story is classified as fantasy.  However, as Arthur C. Clarke’s third law states, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  Therefore I believe all the wonders of fiction can be explained in terms of science.  To help illustrate this, I have enlisted the help of NY Times Best Selling Author Debbie Viguié.

In addition to providing the voice of Claire, the grant committee liaison, on Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Debbie Viguié is the bestselling author of over two dozen novels including the Wicked and Crusade series co-authored with Nancy Holder.  She is the Patron Saint of The Supernatural.  While her fiction is very compelling, she is also no stranger to science.  In fact, she uses science to explain the magic of her Witch Hunt Series.

Debbie and I will explore fiction’s top ten uses of magic and attempt to discover the science within.