What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backward - through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th-century society, Trekonomics explores postscarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it. What are the prospects of automation and artificial intelligence? Is there really no money in Star Trek? Is Trekonomics at all possible?
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"Manu Saadia has managed to show us one more reason, perhaps the most compelling one of all, why we all need the world of Star Trek to one day become the world we live in." (Chris Black, writer and coexecutive producer, Star Trek: Enterprise)
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"Should be Mandatory reading for everyone."
It is rare that I make it a point to spread the word of a book.
In this case, it should be necessary for anyone wanting to be a politician to read this, for if we don't make changes, our current economy will be our downfall. And this book shows us how to avoid it. I cannot recommend this book enough.
"An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas"
Oliver Wyman reads this dissertation as if it was his own. Breathing life into non-fictional works can be challenging, even with help from the author’s writing style and/or subject matter. Oliver makes listening to rather bizarre and abstract ideas of Star Trek and economic theory (at least to those uninitiated) enjoyable. Well done.
I‘m mainly writing this review in reaction to a peculiar bevy of negative assessments on Amazon and Audible. Much of this book is presented with a literary “wink” from the author. I mean, it’s a deconstruction of a fictional economy from a beloved science fiction franchise, that culminates in addressing whether such an imaginary system of wealth could be realized in reality. On those merits, it delightfully excels. If you enjoy Star Trek, there are a variety of things in this book for you.
"Shallow on examining trek universe economics"
Interesting as a trek fan, but little deep dive into its economic. More of a social commentary and history of star trek than a conjecture of how the universe would function post scarcity.
"a must for any trekkie"
if you have watched star trek and wished you could live in such a universe, read this
"A good little time"
Trekkies and non Star Trek fans alike will have fun with this, so go ahead!
"Autobiography more than anything else"
While an authors backstory is useful for perspective, it should not dominate a topical work. Skipping the first few chapters is
"A must for fans"
I have to subtract a point in performance for a few mispronunciations of Risa which was like hearing nails on a chalk board but the pronunciations were corrected.
This was ultimately a unique take on Star Trek that I thoroughly enjoyed. As someone who has seen most of the shows as well as all of the movies, this book allowed me to experience Star Trek through a new lens and gain what I didn't think possible an even greater appreciation for the show.
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