Shermer's Last Law
The Laundry Files is a series of books which include several subjects which are guaranteed to draw my interest, especially when combined:
- Computer related stuff;
- Espionage type stuff;
- Lovecraftey stuff.
They’re very fun, but if I’m being entirely honest: somewhat forgettable. However in book 3, The Fuller Memorandum, author Charles Stross throws up this interesting spin on Arthur C. Clarke’s third law:
As the man put it: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Any sufficiently advanced alien intelligence is indistinguishable from God.
The way I see it, there are two ways of looking at this:
- Anything smart and alien enough would be mistaken for God;
- Anything smart and alien enough might as well be god.
The second one is the scarier of the two, I think.