Episode 42: It's time to stop quoting Clarke's Third Law

Clarke famously wrote  2001: A Space Odyssey , in which monoliths and giant space babies add up to one huge mystical acid trip.

Clarke famously wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which monoliths and giant space babies add up to one huge mystical acid trip.

We've all heard Arthur C. Clarke's third law, which states that sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic. What did Clarke mean by this, and how are people using his law to take the mystery out of fantasy stories? Plus we look at popular stories where magic is explained by science, including Star Wars and Dune.

Charlie Jane Anders