"We're about 20 minutes away from the point where Clarke's law kicks in and technology becomes indistinguishable from magic."
As far as I know, this is the first use of this phrase in science fiction.
This expression was used by many authors, particularly in the sense of communication that was potentially faster than light (because it traveled "under" the luminiferous aether, which was a 19th century construct to explain the propagation of light.
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