The Conservation of Magic (The Science of Magic #1)

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Merrick

has just discovered a world within our own, where energy, sound, and science meld to produce magic. As Merrick searches for the secrets to his true self, he befriends a sentient tree, unwraps the mystery of living stone at the heart of a modern technology company, and discovers an underground city in the Highlands of Scotland.

To save the world, he must master his craft, defeat his long-lost brother, and battle elemental dragons whose words alone may result in a fiery end to human existence.

The events in this story occur in a world where magic, technology, and nature mix seamlessly, but the book is written as an action adventure story where actions, no matter how magical, have very real consequences.

Note: This book was previously entitled “Redemption.”

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OK, so now that the official stuff is out of the way, let me talk about this book and give you some insight that you won’t find in the little blurb on Amazon.

How did it all get started?

One day I heard a sample of music from some Tuvan throat singers. Check them out if you have never heard their sounds. Sometimes using very simple instruments, but mainly with just their throats, they are able to intonate several tones at once, producing  surreal noises that can do anything from imitating animals to mimicking sounds of nature such as a babbling brook.

They do this by holding their necks in a such a way as to create virtual vocal folds in their throats. Normally, humans only have one of these folds. When they create these faux folds, it allows them to make multiple sounds at once.

That’s what got me thinking initially about sound and the importance of sound in the universe. All the way from daily noise and the noises of nature to bigger concepts like the Big Bang. Even Quasars make sounds.

In fact, everything has a sound to it, and more and more often I see scientific articles about the importance of sound in everything.

What if the entire universe, and certainly our world, were just like a giant computer program, except instead of zeros and ones, the programming was done using sounds that we hear every day but are not attuned to recognize for what they are?

And what if a race very similar to humans lived among us, but with a few key physical differences? They would have multiple vocal folds, and their hearing would be such that they could detect all the nuances and subtleties that normal humans can’t. They would have the ability to speak the language of creation–to actually intonate noises that accurately mimicked real thunder or leaves rustling in the breeze.

This race of near-humans would be extremely powerful, but, at least in my story, also very secretive. And with these abilities would have to come discretion and mature judgment. Why? Because much like with anything in our real universe, for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Thus, was born the world of “The Conservation of Magic,” a book where people screw up and other people pay the consequences, until magic users reach a certain level of self-understanding/maturity.

I also wanted to write a fantasy adventure that I’d want to read myself. I know I’m not going to make many friends by saying this, but I am not a huge fan of most fantasy books where everything is invented, and I have to spend five chapters just trying to memorize the names for all the new species, plants, etc. that make up the world of the story.

And I really hate it when magical things happen without repercussions. I wanted to create a fantasy adventure that was quick-paced and that would appear realistic–or at least as realistic as possible given that we are still talking about a story where magic is real. This is one reason why the story takes place in Tysons Corner, Mexico, and Scotland. I wanted settings both fanciful and recognizable as the backdrops for the story to help make the concept of magic more accessible to readers.

I also wanted to write a story where the dragons were huge elemental forces of energy instead of scaly things that flew around on wings and breathed fire. I was hoping, at least, to create more realistic versions of dragons, if that is even possible.

So there’s a little scoop you won’t find anywhere else about “The Conservation of Magic.” I hope you’ve enjoyed this, that you check out the book, and that you derive as much pleasure reading it as I did writing it!

Peace,

Mike