pretty good: Witchcraft and magic in modern settings, "the magic came back" storylines
extremely my shit: Witchcraft and magic being married with modern science and mathematics. mutating herbs with radiation sources to advance the study of herbology. augmenting the crystal ball with bayesian methods. precursors to bags of holding being regulated like yellowcake
Here are some of my fictional books that embody this magic+math aesthetic:
@SuricrasiaOnline I love the SCP “666 demonic timer IC” http://www.scp-wiki.net/a-brief-explanation-on-demonics
@SuricrasiaOnline YES! This is my favorite aesthetic, and has always been. For me it's most clearly manifest in a kind of cross between retrocomputing and sorcery; composing incantations in inscrutable hexadecimal, talking to the the soul of an old machine. Hand-soldered circuit boards with esoteric geometry in the traces.
@SuricrasiaOnline Computational chaos magick, raising antennas to nowhere and listening for the patterns in the radio noise, seeding pseudorandom oracles from the ether; phosphor screens rendering vectorized sigils to nowhere, a tiny spark of a digital soul being kindled and fed and grown. Chaotic amplifiers taking the place of the human feedback in ouija boards, something so delicately balanced that the spirits can guide it as it wanders. Chatbots that are smarter than they should be, servers that don't exist but you send packets to in prayer.
@turion I made most of them with the GIMP. There are some online tools for making O'Reilly parody books, but I find to make something that looks unique making it from scratch is the best bet.
@SuricrasiaOnline oh wow, these are so cool! Are you on Twitter? I totally want to share these with my business Twitter account :D
@SuricrasiaOnline of course they're Springer books.
P.s. why no yellow ones? Or are those only for the dark arts?
@SuricrasiaOnline i would absolutely read that first one
there’s a bit in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality where Harry tries to use a time-turner to factor a number in polynomial time (since P=NP in the presence of a time machine) but instead of the factors, he gets a message from himself saying “don’t mess with time travel”
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