The study of hidden, obscure, very rare, and/or often high toposophic tech.
Some Cryptotechnology is actually nothing but rumor or memetic ploy (this is sometimes known as rumorware), but others are genuine devices, sometimes rare and one-off, sometimes dangerous, sometimes just inscrutable to lower toposophics. Because of the difficulty of procuring cryptotech, cryptotechologists themselves disagree over what is authentic and what is mere folklore.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 07 January 2002.