14.45: Economics

Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mahtab

Economists tend to see everything as economics, which is kind of how proponents of ANY discipline see their discipline, but it’s not a bad way to look at worldbuilding through the lens of economics. In this episode we talk about how this works for us, and how it lets us roll our worldbuilding into our storytelling.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson

Liner Notes: Mahtab mentioned The Economics of Science Fiction on Medium.com




Write a truly moneyless society or setting. You can still have transactions… just no money.

Making Money, by Terry Pratchett

6 thoughts on “14.45: Economics”

  1. For those interested in an epic fantasy with a bit of economic trickery, check out traitor Baru Cormorant, by Seth Dickinson (2015). The protagonist is tasked with bringing down a well-armed land using… economics.

  2. My thoughts immediately went to Dune–where the economic monopoly of what powers interplanetary society is pretty much the whole story.

  3. The frolicsome foursome, Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mahtab, balanced the books with a look at economics. The hammer of scarce resources with alternate uses? Wood for houses, but also for weapons, fires, even just forests that we enjoy? $1200 hammers? Wizards in power stations, Superman on a treadmill, dwarven gears? How do we make stories work, when the economics all break? The foursome have a lot of useful discussion, and you can read about it in the transcript in the archives now!

  4. At first, I didn’t realize that I had world built in this area, until I realized I’ve been making a big deal over the increase of quality that has been spreading through materials.

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