Clarke’s Third Law — Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
— Arthur Clarke, Profiles of the Future, 1973
Gehm’s Corollary — Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
— Barry Gehm, quoted in, Stan Schmidt, Analog Magazine, 1991
Benford’s Corollary — Any technology that does not appear magical is insufficiently advanced.
— George Benson, Foundation’s Fear, 1997
Sterling’s Corollary — Any sufficiently advanced garbage is indistinguishable from magic.
— Bruce Sterling
Zealley’s Law — If you cannot distinguish my technology from magic, you are insufficiently advanced.
— Ben Zealley
Rosenbaum’s Corollary — Any magic, sufficiently debased, is indistinguishable from technology.
— Rosenbaum (in response to Harry Potter)
Allston’s Corollary — Any sufficiently badly-written science is indistinguishable from magic.
— Aaron Allston
Dawkins’ Law — Clarke’s Third Law doesn’t work in reverse. Given that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” it does not follow that “any magical claim that anybody may make at any time is indistinguishable from a technological advance that will come some time in the future.”
— Richard Dawkins, “Putting Away Childish Things”, The Skeptical Inquirer, January-February 1995
Raymond’s Second Law — Any sufficiently advanced system of magic would be indistinguishable from a technology.
— Eric C. Raymond
Factor’s Corollary — Any sufficiently advanced technology [of communication] is indistinguishable from noise.
— Richard Factor
Yun’s Law — Technology any sufficiently magic advanced indistinguishable from is.
— Steve Yun
Langford’s Law of Science Fiction — Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a completely ad-hoc plot device.
— David Langford, “A Gadget Too Far”, 1992
Stanley’s Law — Any technology, regardless of how advanced, will seem like magic to those who do not understand it.
— Mark Stanley, Freefall
Razor’s Corollary — Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.