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Well hey there. Given my lack of prolificacy, I'm kinda confused as to what you're doing here, but welcome anyway. I'm a heck of a lot more of a reader than a writer; I get story ideas from time to time, but on the rare occasions when I do bother to set them down on paper (or rather, hard disk), they tend to end up a hundred times more corny and embarrassing than they seemed in my head. And I've kind of got something novel-length-ish in the works, but most of the middle of it is one big question mark in my plans, so I don't know if anything'll ever come of it.
I'm young, male, white, and straight. Boring. I'm also left-handed and Canadian, but the former is inconsequential and the latter isn't really that exceptional. The most meaningful minority I'm a part of is the atheists. Or rather, the sceptics, since being a dogmatic atheist is kind of missing the point. Specifically, my scepticism results in my being a naturalist, humanist, consequentialist, secularist, transhumanist, antitheist, agnostic, and atheist.
Reading novels is, at least when I find a good one, my absolute favourite pastime. I very strongly believe that the novel is the world's best storytelling medium, with the exception of video games for a small subset of stories. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, but the stories absolutely must be internally consistent. I treat experiencing fiction like an intellectual exercise, always trying to draw on past events within the story to guess what will happen next, and asking "how would X really work?"; such speculation is impossible if characters are acting randomly and there are deus- and diablous ex machinas flying all over the place. Accordingly, my favourite fanfic, by a huge margin, is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.
My favourite work of professional fiction is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. I love it because, while it is downright stupidly long, with loads and loads of characters and plot threads, it moves really slowly so everything has time to develop satisfactorily. And to stop that slowness from dragging, there's always an interesting side-story being told while a warrior works on their swordplay or whatever - not really filler, in other words.
On the other hand, my favourite magic system in a fantasy work is the one in The Inheritance Cycle, of which Eragon is the first book. (BTW, that's also where my username comes from: "Aiedail" is the morning star in that 'verse - hence stars as my avatar - and to my knowledge it's mentioned exactly twice in the whole four books.) The main thing it has going for it is that it's literally the only magic system I've ever heard of that doesn't violate the Law of Conservation of Energy. And the beautiful thing is that, with that law in place limiting the power (literally: energy over time) of magic, the versatility can (and does) have essentially all limits removed without magicians becoming gods: in this system, magic is the act of exerting a force on matter at a distance by the combination of an effort of will and just describing the effect you want the spell to produce. Anything you can describe, you can do, and the cost of a spell is simply that the caster becomes physically fatigued by the same amount as if they had produced the same effect without using magic (i.e. doing it with their bare hands), plus a penalty for distance (doing stuff farther away is more tiring). And when you start thinking about the implications, it gets really interesting. For example, say you're in a desert and want water. You could get it by grabbing some sand and saying, "turn the sand in my hand to water," but that would entail rearranging matter on the subatomic level (most of which would be creating hydrogen by ripping protons, neutrons and electrons off of silicon atoms), and overcoming the relevant binding energies takes an enormous amount of work (again, in the physicist's sense: force x distance). Saying instead, "lift all the water molecules in the ground within a four-meter radius into my water bottle," would cost much less energy (E = mgh). Is your mind blown yet? ;)
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