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July 9, 2003
Someone, at some time, had taken off its body panels, but he knew from experience that the frame was likely to be extruded diarbon, impervious to any cutting technology short of molecular effectors. He noticed that, ironically enough, only the low-tech parts of the vehicle had been stolen; the windows, the seats, the storage lockers. Its ceramic-based engines were physically intact, as were its anti-gravity lifters, its on-board computer and its interface plates. But as far as any looter was concerned, these were just odd blocks of arcane substances, of no use to the current culture except as door stops.