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Interesting ideas on interstellar economics,
This review is from: Neptune's Brood (Hardcover)
Charles Stross is the first author I have come across who has written a story around the possibilities of interstellar economics in a non-FTL universe, and which feels based in real economic principles. He explains that where star systems are light years apart - slow currency which is uber-valuable is vouched for via third parties. The result is that one hundred slow dollars is equivalent to a million fast dollars in the local currency. But transfers are slow and there is a feeling of the old "when the boat comes in".
Set several thousand years after Saturns Children, Humanity has been restored as 'fragiles' but the protagonists in this novel are inheritors of the AIs in the first book. The plot is convoluted but revolves around the possible interstellar scams and lost fortunes inherent in a system where money can take centuries to arrive via two or more different keys.
This is what makes the book so gripping. The feeling that this is a real economy. The characters are fine, nothing special, bt it is Stross' universe that is the real character.