Saturday, 1 April 2017

Magic And Entropy

Copied from "James Blish Appreciation" here:

In James Blish's Black Easter and The Day After Judgment, magic is control of demons, which are fallen angels, and is practised in the twentieth century although most people do not believe in it. It is theorized that stable negative entropy would be eternal life. See here.

In Poul Anderson's Operation Otherworld, set on a parallel Earth, magic, practised in earler centuries, was protogoetics whereas goetics is a new energy source. See here. Demons are inhabitants of Hell, a chaotic, entropic universe.

Thus, Blish and Anderson present alternative imaginative takes on magic, demons and entropy.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And I think Robert Heinlein came to influence Anderson and Blish's conceptions of magic in "Waldo" and "Magic,Inc." But I think PA and JB wrote better stories about the "technology" of magic.