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issue 174: December 2016 A.D. 'defeat' by Justin

I recently saw "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." We usually go to see these movies for the creatures and the creatures in this film were good. This section is not for movie reviews. The story of this movie brought back an idea that I had considered writing about in the past. When you write, do not consider the world in which you actually live as a theoretical exercise.

My problem with the story was partly that the author did not consider the way that the fact of magical blood would have changed history. In the Old Testament, prophets proved their status as prophets with signs and wonders. If God had created a world in which there were people with magical blood, then we would have adapted to it thousands of years ago. Aside from the naturalist religions, any other religion could handle the fact of magic and current sentiments on magic relate to living in a world where magic results from the agency of supernatural influences that can be either positive or negative. In short, there would be no reason for magical society to remain hidden.

A well written story has to account for the way that people actually react. Write what you know and writing well requires knowing the world in which you actually live. This is also what I was thinking when seeing a Star Trek movie and the culture of the Klingons involved Shakespeare. There are a number of warrior cultures on the Earth and any of them could have been used as models. Why go through the trouble of trying to make up something that already exists?

One of the long manuscripts that I have wanted to write involves a reality in which some physical laws are different. This will alter the way in which the inhabitants of this reality interact with their world. It would not be possible to try to hide a fundamental component of the structure of a universe or assume that it would be possible to hide such a thing. The existence of magic would be known long before anybody could try to hide it. Given what I know of Man's history, I would have written about people trying to acquire magic rather than people trying to suppress it.

History, even in fiction, has to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. A change in the early part of history must change the way that the future will look and behave. People, in singular and in groups, behave the way that they behave for a reason. Look at the way that people have behaved and, when you really understand it in a way that makes sense to the people involved, you will be able to accurately predict how they will cope with your changed reality. Do not write as though behavior is random and unpredictable.

--Robert 'Admiral' Coeyman



Talking of Ghosts.

BY

Jamie Harris

 

The meassure of life in two ways?


 







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Copper Wire of the Gods.

BY

J. A. Howe

 

How much power is too much?


 



The Angels that you Forget.

BY

Admiral Coeyman

 

Do you know how much of a difference you make in the world just by being there?


 



Orange

BY

JA Howe

 

In the Author's Words, I have a fantastical tale from the perspective of a bug.


 

Mrs.Smith's Lesson

BY

Joel 'Cop' Furches

 

A teacher's final lesson in life.


 



To Breathe

BY

JA Howe

 

Love can cross barriers that the body cannot.


 



Frank Met Peggy.

BY

Hg

 

A story from the elusive editor.


 



The Call

BY

Kathleen Wallace

 

A snitch in time saves thine.


 



Justice of the Mind's Eye

BY

Joel 'Cop' Furches

Where is it that caped superheroes really come from? Can they be real enough to fight crime?




A Force to be Reckoned With

BY:

Joel 'Cop' Furches

How do you fight against a force which will not fight?




In My Leisure

BY

Joel 'Cop' Furches

How much freedom would you give up to be free?





Ariadne

BY

Cailean Darkwater

What secret lies in the reclusive angel's stone fortress?




Some years ago, I was invited to work on two Linux programming books for Sams Publishing. My task was to check the technical details of some of the chapters in these books and correct mistakes I found. The first of these is a general programming book which covers all the basic things that a beginning Linux C programmer needs to know. You can purchase this book here:

"Linux Programming Unleashed."





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The Universe from my Backyard.

BY:

Joel "Cop" Furches.

 

What single event would it take to drive you insane?



Mariah's Year

BY

Admiral Coeyman

 

A year's friendship defines two lives.



Stop!

BY:

Joel "Cop" Furches.

 

A bit of free verse commenting on Man's vision or lack thereof.



Eve of Salvation.

BY:

Joel "Cop" Furches.

 

A familiar historical event with a different ending.




Estrangua

BY:

Joel "Cop" Furches.

 

A play, both Biblical in proportion and in age.









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