The Idea of Magic Killing Technology and Introducing a New World History

By John Irvin

            I don’t know about you, but I love history. I’m also passionate about fantasy and mythology. The allure for these three fields is quite diverse. Being a fantasy writer, I wondered how cool it would be if I were to create a new timeline where Magic governed the laws of the universe.

            Would Technology work? Would they take turns? Were they molded together like in some steam punk?

            Those of you who’ve kept up with me know that my top three book series are the American Family Portrait Series by Jack Cavanaugh (A Historical Fiction Chronological series), the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (An Urban Fantasy series), and the Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead (An Parallel Universes series).

            So, basically these three influenced me in some way.

            But it was the Kate Daniels series giving me more ideas. Although in her story, Magic and Tech take turns ruling the world.

            What if I had a team travel back in time to say 1815 in hopes of starting a new colony uncorrupted by the greed and immorality of modern society? Why this specific year? It was a joke—or dream, depends on your point of view—I’d made with a friend several years ago.

Magic's Time Split, Book 1: Hidden Lake's Light by John Irvin

            We thought it would be amazing to do just that. 1815 was a year shortly after the War of 1812 and the next major war was the Texas War for Independence which didn’t start for another few decades. It was a peaceful year between wars, we figured that would be great.

            Then my brain took this spark of an idea and thought, let’s add Magic to this.

            Not only that, Magic kills Technology, creating a whole new timeline—alternate timelines or parallel universe influenced by Bright Empires series here.

            Then I wondered if I should make it a chronological series like in the American Family Portrait series. I decided against that as I’ve already got a few other series based on such a theme.

            So…how were my main characters going to live through this new history for so many centuries?

            Easy…they’re Immortals. Okay, how did they become Immortals and what all does this entail?

            These are literally the conversations I was having with my Muse.

            Eventually, Magic’s Time Split series was born.

Hidden Lake, Montana
Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

            As of this month, the first two books have been published. Book 1, Hidden Lake’s Light, is on Kindle and Nook for free! At least, I received the emails from Kindle confirming this. If it’s not free on Kindle yet, please wait a bit, they should be following through with their word soon.

            Book 2, When Kingdoms Arise, is also out on Kindle and Nook for $2.99.

Magic's Time Split, Book 2: When Kingdoms Arise by John Irvin

            I’ll let you in on a secret that’s no longer a secret because it is announced within the pages of Book 1…Book 2 is available for free somewhere else. Yes, that place is my website! If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll receive Book 2, When Kingdoms Arise, for FREE! Who doesn’t love free stuff?

            The road ahead has a journey on it. Magic’s Time Split will be continued in eight more novellas! Yes, it is a 10 volume series. I’m going to be writing it along side my Longevity series. Both are planned for completion in 2021.

            Well, that’s unless Magic does break out and we are thrust into a Fantastic Apocalypse and I’m given supernatural powers. Because if so, I’ll be too busy battling the forces of evil or creating new realms to write these books—just a warning for you.

            I hope your Hump day goes well and I’ll talk to you on Friday!

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