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12th Jan '18 1:57:38 AM Cryoclaste
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* In post ''InfiniteCrisis'' ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' stories, Superman's Fortress of Solitude uses sunstone crystals to work his computer. This was taken from the ''Superman'' films (see below).

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* In post ''InfiniteCrisis'' ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' stories, Superman's Fortress of Solitude uses sunstone crystals to work his computer. This was taken from the ''Superman'' films (see below).
5th Jan '18 12:52:55 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In the episode "Killer", data blocks (in the form of transparent cubes) are given to the protagonist. However they are by no means ubiquitous [[CassetteFuturism as ordinary tapes are also mentioned.]]
19th Oct '17 12:14:48 PM Brick3621
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Data Crystals often double as video recorders and {{Hologram}} emitters, allowing owners to record, store and project their home movies. Because PowerGlows, these Data Crystal hologram projectors can often even do without an external power source.

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Data Crystals often double as video recorders and {{Hologram}} emitters, allowing owners to record, store and project their home movies. Because PowerGlows, these Data Crystal hologram projectors can often even do so without an external power source.
21st Sep '17 12:44:16 AM Doug86
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* Used ubiquitously in Creator/AndreyLivadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series, mostly by humans. Some aliens use them as well. The ones that bear special attention are the logrs, small jewel-like crystals invented by the [[StarfishAliens Logrians]] that are, actually, self-contained computers powerful enough to be able to store a sentient being's mind and allow the individual to live on in a virtual world. The functionality of logrs can be expanded by connecting several logrs together in a particular configuration. The largest collection of the logrs is the Logris, a gigantic supercomputer visually similar to the [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Crystalline_Entity Crystalline Entity]] from ''StarTrek''. Many of the logrs that compose the Logris actually contain personalities of dead Logrians, and more and more human logrs are being added to it.

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* Used ubiquitously in Creator/AndreyLivadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series, mostly by humans. Some aliens use them as well. The ones that bear special attention are the logrs, small jewel-like crystals invented by the [[StarfishAliens Logrians]] that are, actually, self-contained computers powerful enough to be able to store a sentient being's mind and allow the individual to live on in a virtual world. The functionality of logrs can be expanded by connecting several logrs together in a particular configuration. The largest collection of the logrs is the Logris, a gigantic supercomputer visually similar to the [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Crystalline_Entity Crystalline Entity]] from ''StarTrek''.''Franchise/StarTrek''. Many of the logrs that compose the Logris actually contain personalities of dead Logrians, and more and more human logrs are being added to it.
26th Aug '17 6:47:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' has Hymn Crystals, which allows for songs (which are used as "magic" in the game) to be stored and later downloaded into Reyvateils.

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* ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' ''VideoGame/ExaPico'' has Hymn Crystals, which allows for songs (which are used as "magic" in the game) to be stored and later downloaded into Reyvateils.
18th Aug '17 4:01:12 PM john_e
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* In Creator/ChristopherAnvil's ''Colonization'' setting, computers appear to have 'master crystals' where today's computers would have a CPU.
5th Jun '17 2:01:24 PM HiddenWindshield
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* Phase Change Memory is one avenue for research into future storage tech. It's a form of memory where some reversible process is applied to a material (for example heating) in order to change the phase (the type of solid) of a specific portion of the material between a crystalline state (where the atoms form a coherent structure) and an amorphous state (where the atoms still form a solid but are all jumbled up without a discernible structure). As the crystalline and amorphous phases have different conductivities, the resistance of the treated area can be treated as a binary 1 or 0. In theory such storage devices would retain data without power and last for a very long time, as well as have very fast read times (all you have to do is feed a current through an area of the material and measure its resistance to determine binary 1 or 0). One big drawback with phase change technology is that writing is extremely slow and consumers considerable power as you need to get the material to the correct temperature to effect the state change.

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* Phase Change Memory is one avenue for research into future storage tech. It's a form of memory where some reversible process is applied to a material (for example heating) in order to change the phase (the type of solid) of a specific portion of the material between a crystalline state (where the atoms form a coherent structure) and an amorphous state (where the atoms still form a solid but are all jumbled up without a discernible structure). As the crystalline and amorphous phases have different conductivities, the resistance of the treated area can be treated as a binary 1 or 0. In theory such storage devices would retain data without power and last for a very long time, as well as have very fast read times (all you have to do is feed a current through an area of the material and measure its resistance to determine binary 1 or 0). One big drawback with phase change technology is that writing is extremely slow and consumers consumes considerable power as you need to get the material to the correct temperature to effect the state change.
23rd May '17 1:14:49 AM PaulA
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* In the "Darwath Trilogy" by Creator/BarbaraHambly, the earlier human civilization that built the Keep of Dare used magitech data crystals to store information.

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* In the "Darwath Trilogy" ''Literature/{{Darwath}}'' trilogy by Creator/BarbaraHambly, the earlier human civilization that built the Keep of Dare used magitech data crystals to store information.
31st Mar '17 3:09:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''OrionsArm'', the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/48507b746e356 "ultimate chip,"]] doesn't look like a single crystal and was originally intended for use as a processor for very advanced distributed computing, can also store massive amounts of data, and is made of [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/464b9c37d9887 diamondoid]], which ''is'' a crystal.

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\n* In ''OrionsArm'', ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/48507b746e356 "ultimate chip,"]] doesn't look like a single crystal and was originally intended for use as a processor for very advanced distributed computing, can also store massive amounts of data, and is made of [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/464b9c37d9887 diamondoid]], which ''is'' a crystal.
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18th Mar '17 8:36:33 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/{{Superman}}'' and ''Film/SupermanII'', Superman's Fortress of Solitude at the North Pole has a system that stores information on crystals. In SupermanReturns, it is mentioned that the crystal impressively holds 95% of Krypton's entire knowledge. [[RedHerring The remaining 5% is never mentioned again.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Superman}}'' ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' and ''Film/SupermanII'', Superman's Fortress of Solitude at the North Pole has a system that stores information on crystals. In SupermanReturns, ''Film/SupermanReturns'', it is mentioned that the crystal impressively holds 95% of Krypton's entire knowledge. [[RedHerring The remaining 5% is never mentioned again.]]



* Mocked in ''Film/StarWreck: In the Pirkenning'', where the parody of Lt. Keffer of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is shot down by the P-Fleet and his flight data recorder is recovered. Being based on ''Babylon 5'' tech, it's in the form of a data crystal, and the Sheridan-analogue briefly thinks that Keffer [[TakenForGranite was turned into a crystal by aliens]] before being corrected.

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* Mocked in ''Film/StarWreck: In the Pirkenning'', ''Film/StarWreckInThePirkinning'', where the parody of Lt. Keffer of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is shot down by the P-Fleet and his flight data recorder is recovered. Being based on ''Babylon 5'' tech, it's in the form of a data crystal, and the Sheridan-analogue briefly thinks that Keffer [[TakenForGranite was turned into a crystal by aliens]] before being corrected.
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