- 1917-2008., Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles),. Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination. Profiles of the future : an inquiry into the limits of the possible Rev. ed. New York: Popular Library. 1977, ©1973. ISBN 0445040610. OCLC 4368176.
When, however, the lay public rallies round an idea that is denounced by distinguished but elderly scientists and supports that idea with great fervor and emotion -- the distinguished but elderly scientists are then, after all, probably right. [...] But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. [...] The French edition of this book rather surprised me by calling this Clarke's Second Law. I accept the label, and have also formulated a Third: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. As three laws were good enough for Newton, I have modestly decided to stop there.