Something I briefly mentioned in a thread concerning the stigma against Fantasy. I figured it deserved its own thread. What is the general consensus here on Magic? How does one go about writing good Magic? When does Magic go from being an element in a setting to being a plot device? Does Magic encourage writer laziness? What sorts of limitations and rules should writers use to keep their Magic from spoiling the drama of their story? Magic is the source of my general lack of interest in Fantasy and my preference for Science Fiction. My main issue with Magic is that it gives the characters the ability to manipulate the universe (and as a result the plot) to the writers convenience. It's a handy tool that, when abused, can entirely spoil any sort of drama, prevent creative ways of resolving conflict, and create lapses in logic that can't be easily explained if they're put under any scrutiny. I'm sure there are good uses of Magic around, but I think it's both easier to write magic and write it poorly. Hence bad magic is more prevalent. Discuss!