Monday, March 12, 2012

Science...with a little hit of magic?


I mostly write by this quote from Arthur C Clarke:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

It simply opens up every possibility for me and lets me play any way I like. There are probably objections to underpinning magic with some form of science. Something about taking away the mystery, that it somehow lessens the wonder of magic, the same as the reveal in the Wizard of Oz. It's all simply an effect and the magic isn't real

But science for me can be just as wondrous and mind-bending as any spell. Stuff that could belong in a fantasy, as in the spider-goats from whose processed milk you can spin spider silk. All this from having a spider gene, which puts a particular silk protein into the goat. They don't have eight legs though... I will admit that is disappointing.

I did play with the science a little bit in my upcoming book, Bitter Harvest, pushing it almost to Arthur C Clarke's definition. The story is set about thirty years in the future, with the premise that if technology continues on its accelerated change and we can already do this and more with nanotechnology for astronauts...then as well as doing good, it could all go incredibly wrong. Which is where the fun starts...

I don't have spider-goats, but the later versions of the nano-forms in Bitter Harvest do make a physical change to the infected. Yes, I'm evil :)

And to pull back from the my love of strange science, there are hot men in this book. Two of them. Both changed and changing from the nano-forms in their blood. And I'm happy to say they find a little magic of their own.


Bitter Harvest cover

It's 2050, and humans are an endangered species. Lieutenant Robert Sutton has survived the collapse of civilization by luck, his wits, and a chance mutation that makes him immune to the nano-virus that has wiped out millions. Now, his compound of survivors is surrounded by the infected, who are driven by the need to spread the contagion through sex. It is only a matter of time before they attack. So when Sutton is assigned to interrogate a prisoner who claims to have overcome the infection, he immediately suspects a trap...

Nicholas Rider may have survived the virus, but he's a changed man, ruled by his desires. But his need for Sutton is different. Rider craves an end to his overwhelming needs, and Sutton could be the man to do it.

Secure in his belief that he's invulnerable, Sutton can't understand or resist his intense attraction to his prisoner. Will Rider be his downfall--or his savior?

Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others.

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Dawn Montgomery said...

Absolutely awesome post, Kim!

Voirey Linger said...

I like the idea of magic and science overlapping, and the way you can sway your writing to one or the other.

Jeannene Walker said...

Nice cover! Great post Kim.

Kim Knox said...

Thanks Dawn, Nena :D

@Voirey. I like that description.

Pam said...

Whoa, you have got my interest, Kim!