Monday, April 6, 2015

Twenty-two top sci-fi & fantasy stories that can help you make sense of economics

At io9 Diana Biller tagged 22 great science fiction and fantasy stories that can help you make sense of economics, including:
The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

A super-upsetting novel about extreme resource scarcity, environmental disaster, and agribusiness, The Windup Girl is one of those books that strikes a little too close to home. Oil is gone, the sea levels are rising, and food is sold by exploitative calorie companies driven entirely by their bottom line. This is a great look at what happens when basic necessities become so scarce that people go to extreme lengths to control them.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Windup Girl is among Torie Bosch's twelve great pandemic novels, Madeleine Monson-Rosen's top 15 books that take place in science fiction and fantasy versions of the most fascinating places on Earth and Annalee Newitz's lists of books to prepare you for the economic apocalypse and the 35 essential posthuman novels.

--Marshal Zeringue