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Wed Jan 8 09:03:59 PST 2003

>From: Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU>
>now I finally understand why Dragaerans have not
>(despite 200k years of recorded history and near-human intelligence)
>developed technology - it's a quality-of-life issue.  (I assume Brust
>doesn't plan to pull a Titus Alone on us.)  Anyone selling a cheap
>Browncap or even a Megaslep?

Near-human?  Ha!  I'd love to see Sethra's reply to that!

Actually, I would contend that the Dragaerans not only have technology, but 
a rather high technology, it's just that their technology is based for more 
on Sorcery than on mechanical devices.  Certainly their science (e.g., their 
knowledge of genetics) is comparably advanced to our own.

I would place modern Dragaeran society at a 20th century level of magical 
technology, with certain variations.  The biggest thing that they lack is 
anything analogous to computers but, by the same token, we don't have 
anything like their teleportation technology or the ability to put large 
permanent structures in the air (e.g., Castle Black).

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