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Economics in Science Fiction

In the June issue of Asimov's, James Patrick Kelly laments in his “On the Net” column, the absence of economics as a structural component in science-fiction stories. I hope James will read this post because a new source of economic power creates plenty of trouble in my novel, Freemaker. It's not just the unintended consequences of the new technology, though plenty of those arise. It's the intended consequences of Philip Mahen's machines that create the biggest problems and the nastiest … [Read more...]