• L.E. Mearman

Episode 4 - Where's the Magic? Fantasy Without It

Fantasy is a large genre with a lot of unique elements and tropes. Through my examination of the genre, it seems that one of the key elements in fantasy is the inclusion of magic. But, can you write fantasy without including magic? If you do, is it still fantasy?



In this episode, I discuss fantasy without magic and how to write it.


In today's episode, we will cover:


  • The definition of "fantasy" and what the genre typically includes

  • If fantasy without magic exists

  • If so, how do you write it?













"Fantasy, in my opinion, can give you the most room for creativity. You can invent entire worlds, with their own people or creatures, their own history, customs, and cultures..."

Episode Highlights


:50 - What is Fantasy?

4:10 - Does Fantasy Without Magic Exist?

5:45 - How Do You Write Non-Magical Fantasy?


*Times are approximate

"There is an element of real risk because you know there isn’t a magic spell or wand to fix things when they go wrong."

Sources & Sundries



“The magic is only in what the books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” - Ray Bradbury

Do you think fantasy is still fantasy without magic? Do you have an non-magical fantasy books you can recommend? Please share below.


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