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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Best Magic System (Semifinal 1)

What is the best magic system in fiction?  

Most creative? Most unique? Most understandable? Whatever draws us to magic in stories, it is usually the limitations and systems under which they operate. But which magic system is the best?

Our January poll is live. With eighteen nominations, we will have to do two semifinal polls to narrow down which magic systems will end up on our final poll.

The semifinal polls will go FAST. I'll put this one up until next Wednesday and the following one until the Tuesday after that. Then we'll run the finals into February while I gather nominations for whatever February poll is going to be.

Round two will include:

Earthsea- LeGuin
Dragon Knight- Dickson
Discworld- Pratchett 
Draegera- Brust
Cousins O'Dwyer- Roberts
Kingkiller Chronicles- Rothfuss
Riddlemaster of Hed-McKillip
His Dark Materials-Pullman

Everyone will get four votes (4). The top five names of each poll will go on to the final round. Before you simply vote for your favorite four, consider that, as there is no ranking of those four votes; each vote beyond one dilutes the power of your choices a little more. So if you have a genuine favorite–or pair of favorites–it's better to use as few votes as possible.

The poll itself is on the left side, at the bottom of the side menus.