Saturday, 24 September 2016
The superhero genre is ahead of the game in this kind of interaction:
heroes with scientifically based powers meet heroes with magically based powers;
when Plastic Man, drawn in cartoon style, met Superman, drawn more realistically, it was explained that the drug that caused Plas' stretching power also distorted his perceptions so that Supes looked cartoonish to him;
when Alan Moore was editorially instructed that his fantasy series, Swamp Thing, had to participate in the company-wide crossover of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he explored the supernatural after-effects of the Crisis.
Lessons might be learned by writers of prose fantasy and sf. A Crisis in Poul Anderson's Old Phoenix multiverse might manifest in different ways in the diverse universes without compromising the integrity of those universes. Trygve Yamamura solved cases that seemed to have a supernatural element. Maybe that element was present on a level that he did not detect but that was known to Valeria Matuchek.