Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia

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Read Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek Online Free - Star Trek is set in an amazing utopian universe of faster-than-light travel, of “beam me up, Scotty,” and Vulcan salutes. It’s also a universe where war and poverty have been eradicated, money doesn’t exist, and work is indistinguishable from leisure. In this ground-breaking book, timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek’s first episode, Manu Saadia takes a deep dive into the show’s most radical and provocative aspect: its detailed and consistent economic vision.

Could we create such a utopia here on Earth? And why has Star Trek’s future had such staying power in our cultural imagination? Trekonomics looks at the morals, values, and hard economics that underpin the series’ ideal society, and its sources of inspiration both inside and outside the science-fiction canon. After reading this book, you’ll be able to answer the question: If you could live in Star Trek’s economic utopia, would you want to?

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ISBN : 1941758754
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 280 pages


Joshua rated it ★★★★★

May 16, 2016

This is an excellent book but for a niche audience. You need to have watched Star Trek. I mean all of it. And you need to be interested in economics. Satisfy that and you'll have a fun time with this.

Ben rated it ★★★☆☆

August 24, 2016

Money is one of humanity’s most clever and enduring technologies. It is a brilliant way of transferring value across vast distances and decentralizing our economy. Barter makes sense on a hyperlocal, neighbourly scale, but you can’t run a vast industrial economy on it. As Niall Ferguson chronicle...

John rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2016

The author uses Star Trek Next Generation as an example of society without money - people can work or not work as they wish because the replicator creates any and all things that people would want. Through a lively discussion the author brings us to today (well worth the journey). The replicator...

Aaron rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2016

As a lifelong Star Trek fan who has been reading economists Brad DeLong (who provided the Introduction) and Paul Krugman (who provided technical commentary) for years and years, this was so well-targeted at me it might as well have been a photon torpedo (sorry). I couldn't have been more interest...

Joy rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2016

I heard about this book via Scalzi's Big Idea feature, and it sounded awesome so I picked it up right away. The author set out to write the book he wanted to read about the future economics of the world set up in Star Trek, and I think he succeeded well with an interesting and informative book th...

Eric rated it ★★★☆☆

July 08, 2017

As a long-time Star Trek fan who has a bit of interest in economics, I thought this was an interesting read. I wish that the author had spent a bit more time developing how a society would actually get to the point of not using money for anything. The part about the replicator making the cost of...

Wendy rated it ★★★★☆

May 25, 2016

In an age where novels about future change are often ominous and apocalyptic "Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek" which I won through Goodreads Giveaways takes a hit television series and questions the possibility of creating a utopian society where logic and reasoning prevail, and there's...

Kara rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 22, 2016

This is a rather hard book to review because I wanted so so much to love it. The second I saw an internet article about the idea, I was on Inkshares to support (throw money at) the endeavor and asking my friends to do the same. My partner and I ended up pre-ordering two copies because we were wor...

Justin rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2016

Well-done, with several good lessons. Love how this book tackles everything from what a post-scarcity world looks like, to automation and its potential impact on work, to what work means when it's no longer just about trying to make a living, but instead about honor and worth. Trekonomics is best...

Anthony rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2016

A fun book, if a little glib, that wedded my love of sci-fi and my dilettantism in economics.

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