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Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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“Saadia proves that Star Trek is an even more valuable cultural icon than we ever suspected.”― Charlie Jane Anders, former editor-in-chief, io9
"Trekonomics is a fanciful romp through the economic theories that underpin Final Frontier life in the mid-22nd through late-24th centuries―as seen through the eyes of an erudite, if occasionally fawning, fan. But the book is also a serious and informative economic discourse, complete with a forward by Berkeley professor Brad DeLong. ―Ben Geier & Robert Hackett, Fortune
“In Trekonomics, Saadia reminds us of what made Star Trek such a bold experiment in the first place: its Utopian theme of human culture recovering from capitalism. Smart, funny, and wise, this book is a great work of analysis for fans of Star Trek, and a call to arms for fans of economic justice." ― Annalee Newitz, tech culture editor, Ars Technica
“Trekonomics will change the way you see three different universes: the one that Gene Rodenberry created, the one we’re in, and the one we’re headed towards.” ― Felix Salmon, senior editor, Fusion
"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 Co-Executive Producer, Star Trek: Enterprise
“Like many classics of eighteenth-century literature, Star Trek used fantasy travel to explore problems close to home. Unlike Gulliver’s
Travels or Candide, however, it also suggested answers. Trekonomics takes seriously the promise of those solutions. Make it so!” ― Rebecca Spang, Indiana University, author of The Invention of the Restaurant and Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution
"A post-scarcity economy is actually far more within reach than the technological advances for which Star Trek is better known." ―The New York Times
"Almost fifty years after Captain Kirk first took the U.S.S. Enterprise on a voyage to explore strange new worlds, the Star Trek universe is more expansive than ever. It's been the subject of serious study by political scientists, sociologists, even religion researchers ― a sign of how deeply influential the show and its ideas have become. Star Trek posits a world in which hunger, war and poverty have been eliminated ― a utopia that isn't just free from want, but also free from capitalism and even currency." ―The Washington Post
About the Author
- Publisher : Pipertext (May 31, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941758754
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941758755
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is very long on anecdotes from the various Star Trek series and episodes and very short on anything economic. It is mostly conjecture using the series as if it was reality. Saadia’s own bachelors in economics shows through throughout the book as it is footnoted and reads like a sophomore’s term paper. His footnotes are as usual speckled with the standard fare of economic hucksters and sycophants; Keynes, Veblen, The Limits to Growth, Picketty et al, are present, which one should expect if one has only been indoctrinated by a public colleges economics department, or if you are a fan of the Venus Project or Zeitgeist Movement. That Picketty, Keynes, The Limits to Growth and Veblen have all been refuted over the decades is not in this authors wheel house.
What else is missing from the book? Everything! Complexity theory, The Singularity, authors; Kevin Kelly, Peter Diamandis, Matt Ridley, Brian Author, to name but a few. What is missing in this book is so profound as to leave a hole in the entire work. Sadly, Saadia doesn’t seem to “know what he doesn’t know” as he and the reader slogs on lugubriously through 245 pages to what is essentially a TV Guide compendium on the Star Trekverse, with no vision on how we can get to the Utopia of the Trek Universe.
When you get to the last part of the book you are truly shocked when you learn that Saadia is against manned space exploration! He feels that Moon and Mars colonies are just not worth it! He is an old stick in the mud, “We have to fix and perfect the Earth first!” reactionary. That what is invented along the way to the High Frontier actually transforms the Earth and helps us fix Her is lost on him entirely. He is a primitivist at heart whose vision is shortened and wishes to go back to Plato’s cave and watch TV until the world is perfect. It is here where his sources have pinched and limited his mind and he desperately needs to read Matt Ridley, Kevin Kelly, Peter Diamandis, Dr Julian Simon et al. with no concept of the adjacent possible, he leaves us stuck on the ground until we have enough capital and unicorns to ride into orbit powered by fairy dust.
If you want a book that truly has the meat and foundation and describes how we can get from where we are now to Utopia read The Singularity and Socialism. In that book is a meaty and weighty bibliography that gets you to see the world in much more of a Futurist Trekian verve.
So, this is not a novel, this is an essay. Starting with the (not so) simple question "how are Star trek economics possible ?", it answers, describes, and in the process, enlightens your view of our present-day world, too (at least, it did for the non ecomically versed kind of guy i am).
I'd say it's a must read for any Trekkie. But those not in the Trek thing wouldn't waste their time.
English not being my mother tongue i hope i wrote something understandable.
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Nevertheless, a very enjoyable and interesting read.
(Traduit de l'anglais du commentaire éditorial - Barnes&Noble 2016)