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This is not meant to engage you, though I hope it will. This is not meant to define characters, refine scenarios, develop dialogue Ė itís just a pet peeve. And itís midnight. So wonít you join me as I blindly ask questions youíve all answered for yourselves?

Where does energy come from? In the physical sense of the word. Energy, according to the Big Bang theory, came from someplace really really small, and managed to expand and transfer itself to matter, and become something complex, and needless to say, really really big. But, according to physical principles, energy cannot be created nor destroyed. So, energy was always here, and is always going to be here. But how was it here in the first place, and in what form that all the vast power and majesty of the cosmos could be contained in a small nexus?

And how does the physical principle concerning energy define our literature? Think about fantasy novels, the only genre I feel would quickly illustrate my point. Magic comes from somewhere. Often, authors like to assume this *somewhere* is another dimension, a place removed by degrees from the main setting. But this somehere had to get its own energy from somewhere, and so on and so forth. The big somewhere that made all the somethings that would eventually go somwhere. Thatís the real point of interest. Where did the authorís magic begin, and how is it recycled? After all, it would have to be recycled, wouldnít it? No, and thatís the thing that irks me about this. No author actually thinks about the big somewhere. They either skirt the issue by mentioning this somewhere without any rhyme nor reason, or they go back to a creator figure who is by thought alone capable of generating magic. But you canít just make new stuff. Itís like having a fully furnished house, then buying an entirely new set of furniture and trying to get everything to just fit. Fantasy never answers the questions that I lack the philosophy degree to answer for myself. Damn writers these days, no initiative.

Please comment on this with your own views as far as they concern fantasy novels' portrayal of the concept.

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The following comments are for "Query"
by Washer

I think the questions you ask are intruging, Washer. Perhaps the transfere of energy manifested as emotion because certainly emotion moves us to write as we do. This kind of thinking may be circular and fruitless, but thinking is valuable in itself. An end in itself. Very nicely stated thoughts, Washer.

( Posted by: Darkshine Raven [Member] On: September 18, 2003 )

whatšs between the electrons in an atom?
There's futility in trying to define these things from the inside out. As a rational human being, my universe has to be rational. So if it impossible that the universe was created by the physics that I know of, then the only possible explanations are that my physics are right, and my theory understanding of how the universe was created are wrong, or that I don't know enough about physics.

( Posted by: Lu [Member] On: September 28, 2003 )

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