Visionary science fiction authors have had no difficulty imagining human futures and alien cultures where technological progress puts an end to scarcity of material goods. For example, the Star Trek fictional universe depicts a future without any real need for money.
I have in the past occasionally blogged about capitalism and the lady who doth protest too much about science fiction writers who fail to make capitalism part of their fictional universes. I'm always amused when Hollywood depicts space aliens as traveling across vast interstellar distances in search of some pitiful reward such as Earth's gold. It is really anti-science fiction stories that depict futures where nothing about society, including economics, ever changes.
|original cover art by Frank R. Paul|
After much travail, Glinnes finds 30,000,000 million ozols of "lost" ransom money. He has no qualms about keeping the money despite Akadie the mentor's muttered, "Have you no shame?"
In The League of Yrinna, the fate of the "lost" money is explored. Glinnes has no real interest in money, but he makes funds available to both his lover, Duissane, and to his twin brother, Glay. Glinnes has already "washed" his money once on Trullion, but then later he needs some "clean cash" on Yrinna, not his "marked" ozol certificates from Trullion.
Glinnes and Duissane travel to Yrinna using disguises and false identities. Arriving on the planet that secretly has served as headquarters for Alastor Cluster's space pirates, the formerly inseparable lovers must first separate and then later they meet across the field of play during a hussade match.
Demmulney Dragons, Glinnes sticks out like a sore thumb, but the space pirates of Yrinna are intrigued by his amateurish efforts to investigate the ancient Gensifer and Ambal families.
|The League of Yrinna|
|The League of Yrinna|
Money: Don't Leave Earth Without It
On a few worlds such as Triskelion A there are people who strive to make new technological advances, but across the many worlds of the galaxy that have become home to humans, life has changed little during the space age. It is almost as if some hidden force is restricting science and technology.....
Next: the Artificial Geology of Yrinna
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