Economic Fantasy And The Anti-Anthem.
August 26, 2013 4:43 AM Subscribe
Settle a bet: Friend claimed that Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal" and "Making Money" where unique in the fantasy genre for dealing so much with the economics and " white collar" systems of a fantasy setting. I said that couldn't be true but couldn't think of any examples ( they abound in Sci-Fi, but we're talking wands and robes here, and the Baroque Cycle is only kind-of-fantasy). So, what are some examples of fantasy novels where things like labor unions, mediums of exchange, guild politics, trade imbalances, commodities markets, hostile takeovers and government regulation are both explored and woven into the plot?
posted by The Whelk to media & arts (30 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Bonus round: Books with the above but that also celebrate ( or at least put in a quasi-positive light) the values of social democracy, peaceful resolutions, cooperation, labor rights, class struggle, etc. Basically, the opposite of Ayn Rand's Anthem.