In today’s guest column, space opera author Luke T. Barnett joins us to talk magic systems in science fiction and fantasy, illustrating the difference between hard and soft magic systems with examples from popular SF books and films.
A sci-fi short story by Poul Anderson, originally published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy 1951.
“Langdon had found immortality on the planet Tanith. Naturally he wanted his wife to share it—if he could prevent her from going insane first….”
Michael LaVoice joins us to discuss Simon Hawke’s unique spin on the time travel genre in his TimeWars series, and the many terrifying side effects of temporal disruption.
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A sci-fi short story by Randall Garrett, originally published in Analog 1961.
“The basic trouble with McGuire was that, though ‘he’ was a robot spaceship, nevertheless ‘he’ had a definite weakness that a man might understand….”
A sci-fi short story by William Bender, Jr, originally published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy 1954.
“Narant’s personal problem seemed of more importance than his mission as an interstellar investigator. But they combined when he met—”
A sci-fi short story by Milton Lesser, originally published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy 1955.
“Sam had sold life insurance to every race in the galaxy. But on Halcyon he found a people who not only didn’t want it—but didn’t need it!”
A sci-fi short story by Ivar Jorgensen originally published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy 1956.
“A small desert town didn’t seem a likely place to encounter murder—especially one that had been planned on a world light years away!”
A sci-fi short story by Rosel George Brown, originally published in Galaxy Magazine 1958.
“You can’t beat my Uncle Isadore—he’s dead but he’s quick—yet that is just what he was daring me to try and do!”