A clarification about Science Fantasy categories. (I'm going to post this in Fantasy as well...) (Not that I picked this category in either challenge)
Some confusion about SF elements explained fantastically, and Fantasy elements explained scientifically. Some specific examples would help:
In "Gather, Darkness," by Fritz Leiber, a post-apocalyptic world is controlled by an oppressive church, which is being fought by the forces of "evil" using "Witchcraft."
But the magic, although it resembles the magic in traditional fantasy novels, is really technology of various kinds. This is traditional Fantasy elements explained in a science fiction manner.
In "Hogfather," and other Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, the Wizards of the Unseen University have a computer. It runs on magic, though. There's a mouse (an actual rodent), an ant colony, etc. It crashes frequently. In the TV miniseries, there's a sign on part of it that says, "Ant Hill Inside," and on occasion a small armature with a hourglass attached will pop out in the user's face.
This is a typical SF element explained in a Fantastic manner.
Does that help?
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