Nathan McGrath. Cyberpunk and Sorcery

Magic in a time of Grime.

What if magic came back during a time a corrupt government was running the country to the ground? I wanted to write a book about magic and magicians without leaving this world, this England, this London, a place I’ve lived since I was born. That’s why  I decided to start with the real world and thought about what would happen if some people started to have children born with magical…

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Radical Themes in Magic. A Rough Guide

Radical Themes in Magic. A Rough Guide There are a number of very interesting themes in ‘Magic. A Rough Guide’. On the surface the story follows the adventures of two young adult magicians wrongly accused of murder and terrorism, but you don’t need to dig very deep to uncover some ideas that challenge conventions. The premise of the story is that 50 years ago magic returned to the modern world.…

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Anarchy and Magic

Anarchy and Magic Throughout history, anarchy and magic, have shared many attributes. Let’s take a look at Magic first. Religious institutions have throughout time, persistently and violently repressed any cultural practice or belief system (be it ideological, mystical or supernatural) that threatened the views of reality, values, beliefs and practices of the dominant religious institution. This tyranny aligned with or acted as an instrument of the Political or State’s need to control society. Historically, magicians, or more commonly, witches worked to Anarchist principles. Those women and men accused of witchcraft, magic and sorcery worked outside of the dominant institutions and discourses. They used traditional remedies and solutions for peoples problems with practices that did not conform to the institutional practices and conventions of the time. Anarchists suffered the same fate…

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Magic. A Rough Guide. Who are Lizzy and Chris?

Who are Lizzy and Chris? Lizzy and Chris are the story’s two main characters and Lizzy is the first character we meet. When Government forces killed Lizzy’s parents and locked her up when she was 5, they thought that was the end of the young magician. 12 years later, the prison ambulance taking Lizzy to a laboratory for major surgery explodes and Lizzy escapes, Three guards die in the inferno and Lizzy becomes Britain’s most wanted criminal. She steals a motorbike and literally disappears. Minutes after Chris’s grandfather tells him he’s a sorcerer, the high rise block they call home is destroyed by a magical explosion. Chris survives and goes on the run – he has to work out how to use his magic before Government forces find and execute…

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Nanopunk Thriller

In an icebound future devastated by climate change, Alister is on the run from Secret Services, ruthless mercenaries and Russian agents who want him dead or alive. When Suzie, a cyber-activist manages to track him down, all bets are off.

Nanopunk

A Gritty, Dystopian, Urban Adventure. Two hackers hunted across a devastated, Icebound Earth. Alister, a nano-infected teen with the ability to hack any system, is searching for his kidnapped sister. When Suzie, a feisty cyber-militant curious about the secret behind Alister’s exceptional skills, gets involved in his search, the wrong kind of people start to notice. It’s not long before MI6, the Russians, and a ruthless Private Military Corporation want them dead or alive. What readers have said: “Sit back and enjoy the rip-roaring plot” “Pacey and compelling.” “smart and sharp.”

Lightning Seed. The Alien Reveal

In an icebound future devastated by climate change, an army of religious extremists steal an ancient alien weapon and head for the remains of Las Vegas. Their plan – fix the weather and save the world. It’s a plan that could finally destroy Earth’s fragile climate and the wprld’s few remaining survivors. All that stands between them are two people; an amnesiac teenager with uncanny abilities who can access the device, and a war-weary, embittered veteran who’s seen her fair share of conflict. “The action takes your breath away” “Relentless” The dystopian futurism reminded me of Half-Life 2, Bio-Shock and the Fallout series” Lightning Seed for Kindle. or get it from your preferred eBook store

Lightning Seed

As a scifi novel, Lightning Seed is no walk in the park. It’s not an easy or comfortable read. I made Lightning Seed for people who’d rather be thrown into a read that’s as tough and relentless as the world you’ll find unravelling through the words. In an icebound future devastated by Climate Change, an army of religious extremists have a plan and a weapon they believe will fix the weather and save the world. It’s a plan that could wipe out Earth’s last survivors. The only person able stop them has been tortured into amnesia and it’s down to a war-weary veteran to keep them both alive as they are hunted across a haunted, lawless America in a relentless race to save the planet. Lightning seed will act like a shot of coffee to…

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The return of magicians in Magic. A Rough Guide.

Magic. A Rough Guide. The return of magicians. The return of magicians began with the accident at CERN. The CERN incident occurred fifty years before the start of the book. a character in the book explains the source of a magicians powers “Reality is a matter of perspective, something perfectly normal and acceptable in one reality would, in our reality, break all the rules, appear to be magic. Magicians can reach into those other realms and pull objects, creatures, even energies, back. Consider, we are mostly space. We’re made of atoms. If the nucleus of an atom were the size of a football, the electron orbiting it would be ten miles away. That goes for all the atoms in our body too. At the core of an atoms nucleus, inside…

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The UK setting: Magic. A Rough Guide

The UK setting of Magic. A Rough Guide: A place we recognise The UK setting of Magic. A Rough Guide is very much like the UK of today; with a few significant exceptions; the return of individuals with the ability to make magic being the primary difference. The CERN incident not only brought magic back into the world, it also eradicated all radio and wireless communications. The world no longer has television, radio, WiFi or satellite communications; even TV remote controls don’t work. The only forms of communication are now through wired networks; cable TV, wired internet and wired telephones. The UK mainland is isolated: Aside from helicopter flights to the oil rigs in the North Sea and Irish Sea, there are no flights of any sort. Train services are…

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Law and Order in Magic. A Rough Guide.

Law and Order in Magic. A Rough Guide. Law and Order. The government responded by treating all magicians as terrorists, and set up several new departments to process and deal with Magicians. The most public of these is the Magicians Assessment, Registration and Sentencing Unit, commonly known as the MARS unit. The MARS unit is responsible for overseeing all aspects of magician management apart from the capture, containment and control of magicians. Girls who have magic are born with their powers. Some parents manage to hide the magical abilities of their daughters by dressing and referring to them as boys or living in isolation, or moving to the Recusant Zone in South London. Boys develop their magical abilities between the ages of 18 and 21 and are regularly tested. The…

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About Magicians. Magic. A Rough Guide

About Magicians. Magic. A Rough Guide It was string theory that finally explained magicians unique abilities The strings inside magicians and sorcerers have a stronger entanglement with the other realms or universes. By moving their hands in a particular way, magicians trigger a chain reaction that resonates down to the very strings inside them. Those spaces behave the same way an amplification chamber of a guitar amplifies the sound made by the string vibrating. The resonance opens up a temporary rift to other realities where the laws of nature and physics behave very differently. Many rights activists see the criminalisation and treatment of magicians as an attack on creativity and freedom; pointing to the fact that no magician has ever killed or injured anyone. The majority of magicians who have…

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