Magic is one of the oldest performing arts that entertain an audience by creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats, using purely natural means in an entertaining way. Magic in fiction is the endowment of characters or objects in works of fiction with powers that do not naturally occur in the real world. Magic often serves as a plot device. The magic of science fiction comes from the exploration of scientific fact.
Magical realism is a genre of literature that depicts the real world as having an undercurrent of magic or fantasy. Magical realism looks at the unexplainable events in peoples’ lives, making the extraordinary and fantastical almost believable. It’s different from science fiction or pure fantasy in that the stories take place in a world that is essentially our own, with just a few magical elements included that don’t exist in our reality but are accepted as fact within the context of the story.
In this book we will look into the Science fiction/ fantasy characteristics, magic system, magic and mentalism in Science Fiction/ Fantasy, magical spectrum, SF Books and Films with Magic genre, Blending of Science and Magic, Indian Contribution in this genre and Psi Phenomena and Mentalism in SF.
Though much has been written on individual subjects of Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Magic, this is a pioneer work in the field on “Magic and Mentalism in Science Fiction.” I hope that you will enjoy the magic in a different way in different chapters.