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Planet of the Magi is published

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My space fantasy novel Planet of the Magi is published. It features a female protagonist who uses magic and is influenced in her moral choices by her planet's pacifist pagan minority.

The book includes people who follow two different kinds of pagan religion grown from the same root, one that remained on a planet that one that is practiced on a space ship. I proposed that the culture that remained on a planet is polytheistic, and tied their religion to seasons and agriculture and the gods that govern those things, but the ones who live in space developed into a henotheistic religion that honors a single creator goddess. There are also three different magical systems, one practiced by the ship group, one by the majority culture on the protagonist's planet, and one practiced by an order of warrior monks founded by aliens but now including humans. 

Planet of the Magi is published on Smashwords by Caliburn Press. The catalog copy directly references the pagan culture. The quote about paganism from the catalog entry: "Dije is expected to become a Magus, a wielder of dark magic, but she wants to learn the forbidden white magic. To pursue her dream, she must leave Magi-ta and go to a school run by the people who betrayed and marooned her ancestors after the end of the Rimmy War. Dije has to become a mercenary just to get off the planet, but, influenced by the pacifist pagan Fruitioners, she constantly questions the morality of a warrior path." The full catalog entry: 

There is more going on in the novel than magic and religion. It contains sex and violence, and deals with many different issues. It's set in the Time Yarns Universe, where magic is actually nanotechnology, but the main character doesn't know that. She inherited her magic from genetically engineered ancestors, and starts the story illiterate, and the science behind how the magic works just never comes up because it's not necessary to the plot. Although the origins of magic aren't important to Dije's story, what people can do with magic is. Dije is constantly facing choices. Often the choices are about what she can or should do with her powers, and which choice is "good" or "evil" isn't always apparent to her. Magic and the morality of using it are central to the story. I think this novel will be of interest to pagans who like science fiction. 

Image: the cover art of Planet of the Magi, by artist Amanda Kelsey. The art features main character Dije Kun wearing her armor. 



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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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