1997 Pegasus Award winner: Best Science Song.
Here is where the mild-mannered hacker takes off his disguise and stands revealed as a wizard of great power--because, you see, there is a world where magic really works...
Beside the world we live in Apart from day and night Is a world ablaze with wonder Of magic and delight
Like a magic crystal mirror, My computer lets me know Of the other world within it Where my body cannot go.
You can only see the shadows Of electrons on a screen From the world inside the crystal That no human eye has seen.
The computer is a gateway To a world where magic rules Where the only law is logic Webs of words the only tools
Where we play with words and symbols And creation is the game For our symbols have the power To become the things they name.
Now you who do not know this world Its dangers or its joys You take the things we build there And you use them as your toys.
You trust them with your fortunes, Or let them guard your lives. From the chaos of creation Just their final form survives.
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Call us hackers, call us wizards, With derision or respect, Still our souls are marked by something That your labels can't affect.
Though our words are touched by strangeness There is little we can say. You would only hear the echo Of a music far away.
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