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23rd Aug '16 11:38:41 AM MacedonianKing
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's book Literature/GloryRoad features a utopian future-society so advanced they can essentially warp reality simply by reciting words out loud, without even using tools. Our protagonist (from 1970's America) repeatedly refers to it as magic, even though his companion from the future insists that it is just advanced science, and that she is an engineer, not a magician.
7th Jul '16 4:05:44 PM FordPrefect
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*** In Lovecraft's world "magic" ''is'' super-advanced knowledge of the laws of the universe that humanity has only scratched the surface of. For example, in ''The Dreams in the Witch-House'' it's shown that the witches in fact use Sufficiently Advanced Mathematics to teleport immense distances and grant themselves near-immortality, but they still do it in the context of a religion, or possibly it just looks like a religion to the outsiders - the pathways beyond the three-dimensional space are guarded by Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, and he expects annual human sacrifices in return for their use - possibly simply as a sign of cutting themselves off the rest of the humanity than any practical purpose, though this isn't elaborated.

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*** In Lovecraft's world "magic" ''is'' super-advanced knowledge of the laws of the universe that humanity has only scratched the surface of. For example, in ''The Dreams in the Witch-House'' it's shown that the witches in fact use Sufficiently Advanced Mathematics to teleport immense distances and grant themselves near-immortality, but they still do it in the context of a religion, or possibly it just looks like a religion to the outsiders - the pathways beyond the three-dimensional space are guarded by Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, and he expects annual human sacrifices in return for their use - possibly simply as a sign of cutting themselves off from the rest of the humanity rather than any practical purpose, though this isn't elaborated.
7th Jul '16 4:05:05 PM FordPrefect
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** He never went that far, actually. The aliens (like, say, the Mi-Go swarms) had both super-advanced technology ''and'' magical knowledge, which may have been given to them by one of the more powerful EldritchAbomination.

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** He never went that far, actually. The aliens (like, say, the Mi-Go swarms) had both super-advanced technology ''and'' magical knowledge, which may have been given to them by one of the more powerful EldritchAbomination.{{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
7th Jul '16 4:03:56 PM FordPrefect
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* [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Series]] by Creator/CharlesStross has the aforementioned Laundry Organization using computer programs and advance math to create magic spells.

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* [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Series]] by Creator/CharlesStross has the aforementioned Laundry Organization using computer programs and advance advanced math to create magic spells.
7th Jul '16 4:03:05 PM FordPrefect
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-->"What do all man-made haunted objects have in common? Proxemity to power lines."

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-->"What do all man-made haunted objects have in common? Proxemity Proximity to power lines."
5th Jul '16 2:35:21 AM StFan
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* Film/{{Thor}} presents the Asgardians as a race whose technology seems magical, or perhaps they have advanced beyond the point where there is a distinction. Also, old Norse legends such as Yggdrasil and the Nine Realms have a cosmological explanation. At one point, Dr. Jane Foster even cited Clarke's law; "Well magic's just science that we don't understand yet; Arthur C. Clarke."

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* Film/{{Thor}} ''Film/{{Thor}}'' presents the Asgardians as a race whose technology seems magical, or perhaps they have advanced beyond the point where there is a distinction. Also, old Norse legends such as Yggdrasil and the Nine Realms have a cosmological explanation. At one point, Dr. Jane Foster even cited Clarke's law; "Well magic's just science that we don't understand yet; Arthur C. Clarke."



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* Elizabeth Bear's ''JacobsLadderTrilogy''. Angels are AIs given "bodies" by means of forcefields, magic swords are products of nanotech and the "magic" of the various sorcerers, priests and necromancers are varying combinations of cyber and biotech.

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* Elizabeth Bear's ''JacobsLadderTrilogy''.''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy''. Angels are AIs given "bodies" by means of forcefields, magic swords are products of nanotech and the "magic" of the various sorcerers, priests and necromancers are varying combinations of cyber and biotech.



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2nd Jun '16 2:33:20 PM margdean56
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** Also subverted in ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'', the novel that made Turtledove famous. Time travelers go back to change UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar in the Confederacy's favor by arming them with [=AK-47s=]. The guns are never treated as magic, simply as weapons of amazing quality whose appearance makes no sense (as a Confederate gunsmith points out, the guns simply appear out of nowhere, without any precursor models, which would still be vastly superior to anything currently available). Within a couple of years, the Confederates are producing their own copies (and the last chapter says that the United States has developed similar weapons). The same thing is true of the [=MREs=] and instant coffee the time travelers had. Dessicated foods are nothing new, just the idea of preparing coffee and whole meals that way.

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** Also subverted in ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'', the novel that made Turtledove famous. Time travelers go back to change UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar in the Confederacy's favor by arming them with [=AK-47s=]. The guns are never treated as magic, simply as weapons of amazing quality whose appearance makes no sense (as a Confederate gunsmith points out, the guns simply appear out of nowhere, without any precursor models, which would still be vastly superior to anything currently available). Within a couple of years, the Confederates are producing their own copies (and the last chapter says that the United States has developed similar weapons). The same thing is true of the [=MREs=] and instant coffee the time travelers had. Dessicated Desiccated foods are nothing new, just the idea of preparing coffee and whole meals that way.
29th Apr '16 12:49:24 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh!'' and all its sequels use this in every "Shadow Duel" (Yami no game) where the monsters/cards are not merely holograms anymore but are in fact real and fully able to cause damage to the opponent. Even after countless previous encounters with taking real damage from these games, TheProtagonist always ends up surprised in their subsequent duels.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh!'' and all its sequels use this in every "Shadow Duel" (Yami no game) where the monsters/cards are not merely holograms anymore but are in fact real and fully able to cause damage to the opponent. Even after countless previous encounters In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'', Kaiba's VR tech when combined with taking real damage from these games, TheProtagonist always ends up surprised in their subsequent duels.his own brainwaves is so advanced that it can transcend dimensions, including breaking into the afterlife.
14th Feb '16 3:44:07 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': The Inchoroi are a race of intergalactic spacefarers who landed in a fantasy world of magic. They use "Tekne" to travel the stars, create OrganicTechnology and even modify themselves so that they can use the natives' sorcery.
25th Jan '16 10:55:09 PM JMQwilleran
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* Though ''FinalFantasyVI'' is the trope namer for {{Magitek}}, Magitek in the game actually allows characters to use magic similarly to the AMP technology in ''Final Fantasy XIII''. For example, wearing Magitek Armor grants the wearer access to a variety of useful spells, such as elemental beams and curative magic.
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