I'm currently reading the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. The main character, Harry Dresden, is a modern-day Chicago private investigator/wizard, who investigates supernatural disturbances in a world where most people are unaware of the existence of the arcane. Pretty good stuff. Now, the first novel was published in 2000, so one year before Arcanum, and the magic versus technology conflict was in full swing already. Dresden has to heat his ramshackle apartment with a kerosene heater since electricity just doesn't agree with him, and he occasionally displays amazement (and gratitude towards his mechanic) at the fact that his Volkswagen Beetle works nine times out of ten. And of course, way before the Dresden files there was Shadowrun, with its conflict between Cyberware and Essence. How far back does this stuff go, I wonder?