In 1938, Johann Huizinga published a seminal work on play, Homo Ludens. In this text he theorizes what he calls the “magic circle” that surrounds play. This circle is bound spatially, socially, and temporally. Spatial edges of the circle are
So, we’re contemplating magic again. Just something in the air, I guess. Admittedly, this begins as pure semantics, but as we all know: Semantics is the beginning of a conversation, not the end. Around the shop the opinion is split.
One of my favorite elements of the Japanese science-fiction/fantasy tradition is the connection between magic and technology.* In the Euro-American tradition, magic is almost always characterized as the romantic opposite of cold technology.** Technology represents the mechanized world, facts, logic,