Economics in Fiction

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While this is even farther afield from the main topic of this blog than unusual, I thought it might be of interest to the passing throng. There are at least a few pieces of fiction out there where economic concepts are central to the story; in the broadest sense these stories are forms of science fiction, where the key science is economics. The first story of this sort that I encountered was The Cambist and Lord Iron, a 2008 Hugo award nominee which basically took the form of a fairy tale about a humble cambist (i.e. a person who runs a foreign currency exchange) and a brutal and rapacious nobleman. It knocked my socks off, and now I've run across another one, The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble, about a trained economist who, finding himself a destitute refugee from the fighting in Somalia, seeks to build his fortune with nothing but a solitary goat; it is effectively a fable of the modern age. If I find any more stories I'll post them here; feel free to let me know if you run across anything similar.

Categories: Blog, Fiction


Xadrian?25 October 2012, 06:19

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