Nathan McGrath. Cyberpunk and Sorcery

Magic. A Rough Guide and other stories

The Divine Faith of Magicians in ‘Magic. A Rough Guide.’

In ‘Magic. A Rough Guide’ all magicians follow a religion. Magicians are inherently aware that the reality experienced by most people is limited by our senses; even though technology and theoretical physics  hint at hidden dimensions, dark energies and infinite universes. These other universes operate on totally different laws of science and nature and have evolved forms of life that to us would seem fantastic.  What is perfectly normal and ordinary…

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Magic. A Rough Guide. Radical Urban Fantasy

Magic. A Rough Guide. Radical Urban Fantasy Magic is a capital offence. Magicians live in hiding or use false identities. At night the cities and countryside fall silent as netherworld creatures emerge to hunt for human prey. Lizzy, a magician, escapes from a prison laboratory. A few weeks later a magical spell destroys a housing block killing hundreds of ordinary people; and Chris, a newly awakened magician, is accused of…

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The New Magicians

The New Magicians Lizzy, a magician child, was born at home to magician parents who raised her as a boy. The authorities found her when she was five years old and locked her up in S.A.L.E.M, a prison laboratory for magician girls. Lizzy just escaped the prison ambulance taking her to an experimental genetics lab. The magic of boys doesn’t awaken until they are around 17-18. The day Chris’s magic…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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