History Main / FantasticScience

3rd Feb '16 9:44:30 AM MarqFJA
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If an OccultDetective decides to also catalogue whatever it is they detect, they may also be researchers of a Fantastic Science. Research into magic ''itself'' is the subtrope SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic. See also MagicVersusScience, AdmiringTheAbomination. Compare TheSparkOfGenius.
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SubTrope of FictionalFieldOfScience. If an OccultDetective decides to also catalogue whatever it is they detect, they may also be researchers of a Fantastic Science. Research into magic ''itself'' is the subtrope SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic. See also MagicVersusScience, AdmiringTheAbomination. Compare TheSparkOfGenius.
21st Jan '16 4:02:34 AM EbrithilBowser
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* There's the OlogySeries of pseudo-scientifical books about various topics, including books like [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragonology]], Wizardology or [[VampireTropes Vampireology]].

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* DeviantArt-User Joschua Knüppe has started the project [[http://hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/gallery/26946429/Dragons-of-the-world Dragons of the world]] in which he explains various species of dragons (including their abilitys to fly and "breathe fire") in a scientifically plausible way.
4th Jan '16 9:38:05 AM poi99
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Doesn't quite illustrate the trope on its own, due to the Ambiguous Syntax.
->''"I know '''magic science'''."'' -->-- '''Misho''', ''WebComic/KeychainOfCreation'', [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0109.html Page 109]]
15th Dec '15 6:58:04 PM Fireblood
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** Luna Lovegood says her mother regularly engaged in magical experiments, one of which "went rather badly wrong one day" when Luna was a child. (She mentions this in the context of explaining why she can see thestrals, implying [[FridgeHorror the incident happened in front of young Luna]].)
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** Luna Lovegood says her mother regularly engaged in magical experiments, one of which "went rather badly wrong one day" when Luna was a child.child, and killed her. (She mentions this in the context of explaining why she can see thestrals, implying [[FridgeHorror the incident happened in front of young Luna]].)

* ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' has HermeticMagic, justifying the trope. Theoretical magic requires many hours, if not days or years, of meticulous planning and calculations, much like real-life engineering, and wizard academy of Beloria works much like real life university. Theoretical magic is studied like maths or biology and students must write a thesis to gain degree - for example, Veres' Baccalaureate paper is on magical origins of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent darklings]].
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* ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' has HermeticMagic, justifying the trope. Theoretical magic requires many hours, if not days or years, of meticulous planning and calculations, much like real-life engineering, and wizard academy of Beloria works much like a real life university. Theoretical magic is studied like maths or biology and students must write a thesis to gain degree - for example, Veres' Baccalaureate paper is on magical origins of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent darklings]].

* NameOfTheWind has this as the setting, in the form of The University. There are various grades of magic, starting with almost-science and ranging all the way to god-mode. To make things more exciting, they're all intermixed. It turns out that chemistry and metalsmithing are ''much'' more exciting when you can break the laws of physics.
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* NameOfTheWind ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' has this as the setting, in the form of The University. There are various grades of magic, starting with almost-science and ranging all the way to god-mode. To make things more exciting, they're all intermixed. It turns out that chemistry and metalsmithing are ''much'' more exciting when you can break the laws of physics.
17th Nov '15 9:50:04 PM Raincoat
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Some of the Classes at Hogwarts operate this way, like herbology. It's basically just botany, but with magical plants. They seem never to study any non-magical skills. This is lampshaded by Hermione in the very first book, when she and Harry are confronted with Snape's riddle. She comments that an ordinary wizard may have had serious problems solving it, because they "don't have an once of logic". * Telemain of the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'' is a magician who studies the technical side of magic and has a habit of talking in incomprehensible MagiBabble, much to the chagrin of the other characters.
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Some of the Classes at Hogwarts operate this way, like herbology. It's basically just botany, but with magical plants. They seem never to study any non-magical skills. This is lampshaded by Hermione in the very first book, when she and Harry are confronted with Snape's riddle. obstacle, which is simply a logic puzzle requiring no magical skills to defeat. She comments that an ordinary wizard may have had serious problems solving it, because they "don't have an once ounce of logic". ** Luna Lovegood says her mother regularly engaged in magical experiments, one of which "went rather badly wrong one day" when Luna was a child. (She mentions this in the context of explaining why she can see thestrals, implying [[FridgeHorror the incident happened in front of young Luna]].) * Telemain of the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'' is a magician who studies the technical side of magic and has a habit of talking in incomprehensible MagiBabble, much to the chagrin of the other characters. (Though Morwen, who has hung around with Telemain a long time, learns to translate him into BuffySpeak .)

** Ponder Stibbons and his fellows at the High Energy Magic Building of the Unseen University concoct theories of how magic interacts with quantum mechanics, and divide magical force into ever-smaller fundamental particles. The more senior wizards assume they'll grow out of it.
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** Ponder Stibbons and his fellows at the High Energy Magic Building of the Unseen University concoct theories of how magic interacts with quantum mechanics, and divide magical force into ever-smaller fundamental particles. The more senior wizards assume they'll [[spoiler: incorrectly]] that the keen lads will grow out of it.

* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' : Oxford university contains a college of experimental theology.
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* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' : Oxford university contains a college of experimental theology.theology, which is where they talk about [[TheMacGuffin Dust]].
4th Oct '15 8:29:16 PM Willbyr
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* Helen Magnus in ''{{Sanctuary}}''.
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* Helen Magnus in ''{{Sanctuary}}''.''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''.
12th Jul '15 7:53:39 PM Ghostninja109
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Doctor Cid, who studies magicite, a type of magic-bearing mineral, to create nethicite. Nethicite had only been created by the by the gods of the setting before then and absorbs magic. Cid's artificial nethicite has led to advances in the setting's aeronautics and weaponry, but the reason for his studies is that he wants to [[spoiler:free the world from the gods' manipulations]].
14th Jun '15 5:50:14 PM nombretomado
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* Theoretical magicians in JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell study magic but don't ever practice it.
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* Theoretical magicians in JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' study magic but don't ever practice it.
11th Jun '15 7:26:54 PM Prfnoff
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* In [[ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura Arcanum]], the Tolkienesque world is undergoing an industrial revolution which has given rise to a very scientifically minded academia. There are many in-universe scientific texts on such matters as [[MagicVersusScience The Nature of Magick and Technology]] or Supernatural Selection which explores, among other things, the genetic ancestry of elves and orcs and how it relates to humans.
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* In [[ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura Arcanum]], ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', the Tolkienesque world is undergoing an industrial revolution which has given rise to a very scientifically minded academia. There are many in-universe scientific texts on such matters as [[MagicVersusScience The Nature of Magick and Technology]] or Supernatural Selection which explores, among other things, the genetic ancestry of elves and orcs and how it relates to humans.

* ''PastelDefenderHeliotrope'' presents us ''chatoyanics'' the study of ''chatoyance''. A form of radiation energy particular to the physics of that universe.
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* ''PastelDefenderHeliotrope'' ''Webcomic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'' presents us ''chatoyanics'' the study of ''chatoyance''. A form of radiation energy particular to the physics of that universe.
25th May '15 9:45:40 AM Andyroid
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* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' has [=NPCs=] in the game researching the various fantastic monsters your hunter will find him or herself hunting. You'll even get a few quests to hunt or capture monsters for research.
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