On science fiction and sci-fi

I must be one of the few Wiccans who’s blogging on this day, yet is not discussing Samhain.  I’ve read some other Samhain-related blog posts, and found that those commentators spoke far more eloquently on the subject that I could.  I have a spare hour, so instead I’m writing on another topic that interests me.

I grew up on science fiction.  The first science-fiction book I ever read was The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron; it was given to me by my third-grade teacher.  I’ve been a reader of science fiction ever since. 

I reached adolescence on fantasy.  I don’t recall the first "fantasy" novel I read per se, but I remember the first fantasy work of any significance to me: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.  I don’t remember who first recommended the work to me, but I remember reading it when I was 14.  I’ve been a reader of fantasy ever since.

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Physics and Wicca can mix!

Today I had the chance to go over some slides from a presentation that a colleague was going to make the Physics Advisory Committee at Fermilab.  It was an important presentation, and it was vital to make a good impression.  (I should mention that i was not the only one to look over these slides; everyone from the collaboration did so, in order to help her out.)

At one point in her talk, she describes a relatively new technique for detecting particles.  She shows some results, and then had written on the slide, "This is not black magic"; the implication being that the detector worked and was practical for use in physics analysis.

However, she had spelled the word "magic" incorrectly.  I, with 17 years of experience in paganism and ritual, immediately picked up on the error.

Wicca rules!  At least for finding spelling mistakes…