Clarketech
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Technology so advanced as to be indistinguishable from "magic", which appears to be miraculous in its workings; any godtech that cannot be understood by modosophont level science.

Clarketech is sometimes created or left behind by transapients and archailects, or - much more rarely - left by alien civilizations. Although most clarketech cannot be used by modosophonts for any useful purpose there are still a few instances where clarketech does work in a practical way (antigravity cloth, matter teleportation, etc.). Even 'useless' clarketech artifacts can fetch reasonably good prices on the open market, perhaps because collectors hope to eventually find ways of using them.

Because it has properties that cannot be replicated under normal circumstances, workable clarketech is greatly valued by galactic civilization. But like most artifacts, clarketech eventually wears out. For this reason, adventurers and entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for any new discoveries of clarketech, and countless fortunes have been made and lost in the search for this galactic grail.

The name originated from a famous saying by Arthur C Clarke -an Atomic and Early Information Age fabulist:
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 25 November 2009.