Thursday, June 2, 2011

Technomancy

Wow, it's June already! I can hardly believe it. As you all probably know, my cyberpunk romance book Techno Crazed is coming out June 17th, so today's topic is related to my upcoming release.

Wikipedia's definition of Technomancy is "magical abilities that affect technology, or to magical powers that are gained through the use of technology." This kind of magic can be found in books that cross between science fiction and fantasy (ahem... cyberpunk *grins*) genres. The word technomancy mixes "technology" and "-mancy," which comes from the Greek work manteia meaning divination. A user of this kind of magic is a technomancer or technomage. 

There seems to be two kinds of technomancy. One kind is non-mystical technomancy. In that universe, things are strictly scientific. Characters might gain magic-like powers through technology, but they don't possess magical powers outright. Examples of this type of world would be Babylon 5 (TV show), Mass Effect (video game), and Shadowrun (role-playing game).

The second kind is non-scientific technomancy. This type of universe equips magical objects that operate like technology. This kind of magic is sometimes called "industrial magic." Examples include Harry Potter where owls act as the postal system (among other things) and Dungeons & Dragons' Eberron campaign where spirits power vehicles.

Techno Crazed's world uses the non-scientific method technology in that there is real magic that the hero and other characters utilize.

Interesting Tidbit:
  • One of the earliest appearances of the term is in the short story "Technomancy" by Steve Martindale in the magazine Aboriginal Science Fiction.
  • Technomancy was used by Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Pretty cool! I didn't remember that.
What do you think about Technomancy? Seems pretty cool, doesn't it?

5 comments:

  1. Sounds awesome. I don't remember that about Willow either. I think the topic is great with a lot of room to grow as more authors write about it.

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  2. Thanks, Kinley! I agree. I hope more authors write about it too.

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  3. Sarah, just to clarify, but is this a subgenre of cyberpunk or another genre alongside cyberpunk? It sounds very cool and I look forward to hearing more about your book!

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  4. Hey Gabriella, it's actually an aspect of cyberpunk. Like the kind of world created within it. Like you have urban fantasy and some urban fantasy have the paranormal creatures out in plain view and some have them where the paranormal aspect is hidden. Does that make sense?

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  5. Greetings, to all fans of the words 'technomancy' and 'technomancer,' which I created in 1988. but didn't publish until 1990. If anyone would like to see an elaboration upon the concept, an entire chapbook elaborating upon the short story, drop a line to my e-mail address, and i'll write it. I needed to know for sure how big a fan following I had, before I undedertook the project. You can find me at stevemartindale2001@yahoo.com.

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