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Scientist: All right, and that's what we're trying to do, but... honestly, it's impossible.
Stane: TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
Scientist: Well... I'm sorry, I'm not Tony Stark.

Tenth Doctor: [device dings] Ding.
Queen Elizabeth I: What's that?
Tenth Doctor: It's a machine that goes... ding. [device dings] It lights up in the presence of alien DNA. Also it can microwave frozen dinners from up to twenty feet away and download comics from the future. I never know when to stop.

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"That's a communications system. It needs repair, but I'm willing to bet that you've brought one of those famed Starfleet engineers who can turn rocks into replicators."
Keevan, Deep Space Nine, "Rocks and Shoals"

Smith, to me, represents the last of a valiant but doomed race—the writers of the Buck Rogers-Flash Gordon school. The time is fast disappearing—at least in the better science-fiction magazines—when the author, in a difficult situation, can, "—turn to his micro-ultra-philmeter, he rapidly tore out a dozen connections, spot-welded twenty-seven busbars, and converted the machine into an improved von Krockmeier hyperspace lever, which bent space like the blade of a rapier and hurtled him in a flash from hilt to point—" My apologies to Theodore Sturgeon for that quote.
— Fan letter to Astounding Stories, Feb 1942
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