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Posted By: Nigel.Parsons
01-Dec-01 - 04:08 PM
Thread Name: BS: Harry Potter: Good or Bad Witch part II
Subject: RE: BS: Harry Potter: Good or Bad Witch part II
Pete Boom: The quote from your gaming friend appears to be a misquote from Arthur C Clarke. "Any sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic." As a major SF writer, he knew what he meant. See how often the various Star Trek casts are mistaken for gods etc., by primitive races.

Of course, with books such as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Discworld series, Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea novels etc., maybe we need a corollary: "Any sufficiently codified Magic system is indistinguishable from Science"

Nigel parsons