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Jan 20th 2013 at 12:33:04 PM •••

We really should note the most common misconception that fiction tends to perpetuate about nanotechnology: That it only involves Nanomachines. It's actually a lot broader than that; for one, you don't need nanomachines to build nanomaterials or nanoelectronics, though it would certainly make it easier to do so.

Nov 24th 2010 at 6:53:41 AM •••

Halt! Nothing about Nanobreaker? It basically is made of this trope.

Mar 6th 2010 at 11:17:53 PM •••

Nanobots are ridiculously useful in science fiction.

Fan: Wait, how did Jewel return from the alternate dimension?
Author: Nanobots.
Fan: And where did Xan get the ability to create force fields?
Author: Nanobots.
Fan: And how can the starship travel faster than light?
Author: Nanobots.
It's like A Wizard Did It, but for sci fi! — OODavo

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Sep 14th 2015 at 4:02:24 PM •••

I realise how old this conversation is, but I wanted to say something like that.

I think the point is that nanomachines are frequently used as the Phlebotinium Du Jour to give a hand-wave explanation to all kinds of improbable situations.

At the moment that's discussed in the description of this trope. I was wondering if anyone thought it would stand in its own right as a subtrope. Mainly because until I found out it was part of this trope I wanted to call it Deus Ex Nanomachina.

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