A Wizard Did It! Magic Systems as Science (Sunday, 2PM MDT)
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Put a dozen fantasists in a room and lines will quickly be drawn between proponents of
Sanderson’s Laws of Magic, writers with encyclopedias full of crafting data, and some who turn
up their hands and say, “I just make it up as I go.” But magic is both character and setting in
fantasy, and as soon as you have someone deliberately using it, you have a science, too.
Just as there are many ways to use character and setting, so must a writer know how to choose
the best technique in this instance for magic and scientific magic. We’ll cover broad theories,
advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, and some tips for informing the reader
how this magic is different than in the previous book she read.