What Davies and his contributors ultimately carve out is a space of hope. Nothing is inevitable, and the ending to our story remains to be written.—Hua Hsu, New Yorker—
Economic Science Fictions offers us Ha-Joon Chang, Owen Hatherley, and Tim Jackson, with editor Will Davis, whose exceptionally lucid introductory essay is worth the price of entry alone, acting as a guide.
The primary value of Economic Science Fictions consists in its appeal for a mode of radicalism that combines imagination and rigour. Any realisable new economics, like the best sci-fi, must both extend the imagination and be constructed according to a robust internal logic. As Davies asks: ‘Where is the Bauhaus for economic reform? Where is the futurist manifesto for a different form of money or property?’ This collection captures something of the energy of those early 20th-century manifestos, offering windows onto new horizons that excite because they seem within our reach.
, New Socialist
Economic Science Fictions is a lively and deeply strange collection that tries to answer this question by reading science fiction as economic theory, and vice versa. After all, they’re both premised on speculation.