A review of Charles Stross’ Neptune’s Brood

Over at Tor.com.

Neptune’s Brood, the latest science fiction novel from multiple award winner Charles Stross, could be subtitled a novel of adventure and accountancy. I’ve read what seems to me a lot of fiction, and a lot of science fiction: I don’t think I’ve ever before read a novel so closely involved with financial theory and the workings of money and debt. Stross has written a novel that works as both science fiction thriller and an exploration of how interstellar banking—interstellar economics—could work in a universe without FTL travel but with interstellar mobility.

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  1. I see only two other universes who draw as much on economic theory : Stross’ own Merchant Princes’ serie and Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen, in particular the parts of the series connected to the character Tehol Beddict (from the book Midnight Tides onward).

    Stross’ Princes are about the economy of parallel worlds and economic disruption of modern financial tools in pre-modern societies, Erikson’s is (in part) about economic disruption in a closed monetary economy in which someone has decided to hoard as much coin as he can to cause a meltdown.

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