In the interstellar, multizonal future of Freehauler Alcione, there are many types of technology, created by different races and civilisations for different purposes.
Technology can be built of any substrate: abiotic/drytech/mechtech, biotech, infotech, qitech, and psitech. Or built at any scale: femtotech, nanotech, microtech, macrotech, or megascale. Or be at any developmental level. Obviously, the classification given here is a very incomplete one.
Tech by Substrate:
Drytech – machine-based technology, does not require solvents or catalysts. Contrast with wet tech. / technology based on abiotic components and mechanisms, machines.
Infotech – computer based, virtual, digital etc
Biotech – technology based on organic processes, e.g. proteins, genomes, bionano, gengineering, biospherics, and bioships. Being more plastic and adaptable, biotech can handle zone translation better than drytech. It includes:
Qitech, also called Chionics or orgonics, involves accessing and utilising the cosmic lifeforce. Essential in aetherspace.
Psi-tech – technology based on psi-space, imaginal, or transliminal laws and principles, includes occultism, psiborgisation, psionic, psychotronics, and other applications and techniques.
Tech by Size scale:
Femtotech – engineering on a sub-atomic or quantum scale. Generally the province of very adanced races or higher toposophics
Nanotech – technology or use of nanites or nanobots, microscopic biological (bionano) or inorganic (drynano) machines or artificial organisms. Hence Nanofab: create using nanotech assembly (see also fab, fabbie, autofab). Nanotech can be either dry or wet nano
Drynano – non-organic nanotech, micro- and nano-scale drytech, uses rigid structures such as diamondoid to get around microscale problems such as brownian motion. In contrast to bionano, chemistry dictates that dry nano involves considerable technological challenges and for this reason is generally used only by more advanced races. Drynanites are microscopic machines that work in a mechanical rather than an organic way. While a potent realspace technology it is very interzone fragile.
Bionano – organic nanotech created from, or mimicking, living, gengineered microrganisms (e.g. bacteria) but with a specific tailored purpose. It solves micro- and nano-scale and zonal engineering problems with fluidity rather than rigidity.
Microtech -computer circuits, miniaturization, etc
Macrotech – normal scale
Megascale – this is technology on a very large-scale, what is called megascale engineering, the construction of megastructures such as huge ships and orbitals, archologies, space elevators, starscrapers, up to and including dyson spheres.