1. notleia says:

    I’m highly entertained by the idea of Spock as a femme fatale. It’s also funnier if you imagine the captain as an unreliable narrator who is projecting all of his horniness onto her (this IS the Captain Hornball version of Kirk) and in reality she’s acting normally. Zapp Brannigan by way of D&D.

    • Travis Perry says:

      The substitute for Spock was inspired by Star Trek itself–the name comes from Saavik, who was in several of the Star Trek movies, plus Valeris, who was in the film Star Trek VI (played by Kim Cattrall), who was an actual femme fatale.
       
      As for Captain Tim Church, I tried to show him as a horny guy who also tries to be honorable and not mash on women all the time–always struggling with himself. Unlike Jim Kirk.
       
      Like me, actually, though I would have prayed and Church didn’t, but anyway. Even when being funny, I only go so far…
       

  2. Steve Smith says:

    The game Skyrim mixes magic and technology in its lore. The Dwemer were a people with steampunk and electric capabilities, and you have to fight their machinery in a medieval fantasy world. Good stuff.

    • Travis Perry says:

      Hi, Steve. I’m familiar with Skyrim–what they do is actually sorta make the basically medieval world of Skyrim a post-apocalyptic one, because the Dwemer (basically Dwarves) had a former civilization of mostly steam-powered tech (but with some electricity) that collapsed. Leaving these relatively high-tech ruins all over the place…
      Yeah, their vision is pretty cool! Not quite what I’m recommending here, but along the same lines.

  3. Autumn Grayson says:

    So in your fanfic that doesn’t want to be a fanfic, the main char has a thing for elves? :p

    Have you, by chance, ready any of Dinotopia? There’s only a little magic in it I think, and I don’t think it’s futuristic, but the world building and technology is very interesting. One important aspect are these things called sunstones, which sit out in the sun to charge and then can be used as a power source.

    The Final Fantasy games merge futuristic tech with magic, though they still have older tech, too, like swords. Final Fantasy XV is the one I am familiar with, since I watched my ex play it. I really liked the world building, plot and characters. That particular game puts a lot of emphasis on platonic relationships as well. The four main chars are essentially a close brotherhood on a mission together.

    Fate Zero mixes technology with magic a bit as well. One example is a special set of bullets Kiritsugu keeps with him. When he was younger, he had a bit of his ribs powdered and put into each bullet. When he shoots someone with them, it disrupts that person’s magic circuits, causing severe injury or death. There are other examples in other parts of the Fate series. Unlimited Blade Works is the one I’m thinking of I think. But it was pretty dark in the sense that one example of magical technology was a machine that used human sacrifices to produce/extract mana.

    In the Naruto world, chakra can be used to power a lot of things. The level of tech in question just depends on the situation and time period. One char, Deidara, makes bombs by sculpting clay animals and infusing them with chakra. They can fly toward the victim or crawl onto them before exploding. A more technologically advanced example was a machine used to help relay orders and such in the final war of Naruto Shippuden. There was already a clan of ninja that used chakra fueled mind powers, but the machine amplified them in a way that would help them aid the war effort on a much larger scale. As that story world advances in tech, chakra will be used to power more and more futuristic looking machines.

    Everfallen kinda mixes magic and technology too. It kinda has a slightly steampunk feel to it as well. One thing I like about stories like Everfallen and Fate Zero is that they do cool things like merge magic and tech, but their story worlds do it in a dark, cool, serious way.

    • Travis Perry says:

      I’m familiar with Final Fantasy. They generally go more steampunk than modern tech, but they do yes, mix tech and fantasy.
       
      (And there are others of course!)

  4. A.K. Preston says:

    I’ve come across a similar concept in some corners of the Star Wars Legends lore. The Rakata species, for example, developed an entire technology (ships, weapons, etc) powered directly by the Force.

    This also seems like a good place to share a similar concept I’ve been thinking about for a book series set before Noah’s Flood. What if pre-Flood humanity developed an advanced “technology” based upon magical knowledge given to them by the Watchers? I’m a bit fascinated by the “unspeakable words” referenced in 2 Corinthians 12. What if these words took the form of magic spells if uttered outside of Heaven (thereby being ripped out of their proper context)?

    In my story world, I’m thinking this magic system would exist alongside an earlier system of “lawful” knowledge based upon purely scientific principles. Maybe the Watchers descended to Earth when Adam’s descendants (with their extended lifespans) had already reached a technological “golden age” and then promised them a “superior” form of knowledge? From that point until the Flood, all “advancements” take place in the magical sphere.

    That’s the basic concept, anyway. I still have a long way to go in working out the details.

  5. Kathleen Eavenson says:

    How about these stories: Randall Garrett and his Lord Darcy stories/novels: “Murder and Magic”, “Too Many Magicians”, & “Lord Darcy Investigates” are the 3 titles available on Kindle. Or your local public library may have copies or can do an ILL (Inter-library loan)

    Premise – back in the 1200s or so someone discovered the basic Laws of Magic. This caused an alternate timeline where Magic is the science of the world. The equivalent of black magic is highly illegal & the whole system is rigorously controlled. The Plantagenet royal line is still on the throne in France & England in the equivalent of the time period when stories were written.

    Does this sound similar to what you’re describing? They’re great fun to read, you get to try & solve the mystery in each also as Lord Darcy is Chief Criminal Investigator for the Duke of Normandy (the king’s brother). How ’bout that? ??

What do you think?