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A completely random thought

Why does it always have to be magic or technology? Why can't it be both? Or something completely different?
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Clarke's third law - Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Well that's partly what I was thinking of. But then I started wondering... why does it have to be one or the other? Hasn't anybody in the annuls of fiction come up with something else?
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.
Which takes us back to my original, nonsensical question: why does it have to be either/or?
Dichotomic thinking in authors?

We've been trained to think in binary (even if we are analogue creatures): the either/or proposition. Women are emotional, men are rational; highs and lows, a matriarchy would be based in the Earth while a patriarchy would rely on Man, etc. etc. etc.

I think that at least part of the belief that a world with magic would eschew technological developments is worked into our subconscious: although one would think that technology might be 'the unmagical person's magic' - possibly another social reason that could be given for the lack of technology in a 'magical' world.

Alternatively, it might be because the writer doesn't want to go to the trouble of setting up laws of physics, magnetism, gravity, etc. that can be broken without some serious handwaving in the way (ie. the Star Wars series, which bears no technological or laws-of-physics resemblance to our own).

I know I encountered this problem in my recent attempts at writing original fiction.

Rnsrwrs rs srs biznis!
(Just some random thinking) And how do you incorporate both magic and technology into a world and refrain from using one or both as the magic bullet?

In a way, HP did both... it existed in the modern world, with things like sutures and subways and cars... but again people were kind of divided along tech/magic lines. If you are a Muggle then you are at least proficient with basic technology, whereas you can be a very accomplished wizard but, if you haven't gotten much exposure outside your niche, the simplist tech is pretty much a mystery to you. Then you have the lucky ones like Harry and Hermione and other Muggle-born who have existed in both worlds and have an understanding of both, although of course the series being what it is we find them using magic more.

As for Star Wars -- heh. The Force, man. It's all about the Force. (Which, if you consider a form of magic, makes SW another example of a magic/tech hybrid).

I keep going back to the basic definitions of fantasy as a story where someONE can do something unusual or amazing and scifi as a story where someTHING can do something unusual or amazing.

And I'm gorked out on cold meds and have no actual point. Sry. ;)
I read this out loud to Hubby who answered, "that sounds like our Stargate/Harry Potter crossover."

This is cool and all, except that after harping on me for MONTHS to stop writing HP fic and actually get going on the origfic, NOW, he wants to write HP/SG-1 fic.

But, yeah, we've decided that magic and technology can work together very well if you happen to be Jack O'Neill.