Most interesting science fiction/fantasy monetary or currency systems?
July 6, 2014 9:22 AM Subscribe
There are lots of interesting SF&F economic systems that are without money -- post-scarcity AI-nano cornucopias, magic subsistence economies, etc. For those who imagine worlds that still have money, though, what are the most interesting speculative monetary/currency/financial systems? (Please feel free to mention the obvious-to-you, as I've got big gaps in my SF&F reading and watching.) Thanks!
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure to Society & Culture (18 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
(For instance, along with all the "gold coins" and "credsticks" of SF&F I was really struck by Cordwainer Smith's distinction in The Planet Buyer between "FOE money" and "SAD money" to reflect the dangers of interstellar commerce -- "Secure And Delivered" money, for transactions on remote planets, is massively marked up relative to "Free On Earth" money, pricing in the probabilities and perils of getting anything from one place to another.)