Strange Economics is available!

The anthology Strange Economics: Economic Speculative Fiction, which contains my story “The Price of Wool and Sunflowers,” is available now! You can purchase it at Amazon here in paperback or ebook formats.

The theme for the anthology is to take economic concepts and apply them to specfic worlds. I was thrilled when I saw the call for submissions, because several years ago while working at an economics think tank, I had an idea for just such a story. I left it percolating in the back of my mind, because I was never quite sure how to frame it out, and I didn’t want to take the time to figure that out when I couldn’t imagine what market would be interested in reading it.

The call for Strange Economics gave me the kick in the pants I needed to take that idea that grew out of listening to economists discuss competitive devaluation and figure out how to apply it in a high fantasy context. Competitive devaluation in the modern world has to do with manipulating currency rates; in a world with magic but without modern currency schemes, it plays out a bit differently. The concept carries across, though. I hope reads enjoy the story!


August Booklog

Fell off on posting in August, but I’m back on the horse now and have a few upcoming posts as well!

First, August’s reading.

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (John Carreyrou)
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (William Finnegan)
  • Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (Sujatha Gidla)
  • The Genius in The Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry that Transformed Rome (Jake Morrissey)
  • Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s (R.A. Scotti)

Five great nonfiction books. I recommend all of these.

I’m starting September off with nonfiction, too. Currently reading:

  • Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains (Helen Thomson)
  • The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Laura Auricchio)

I’m enjoying both of these; I have another nonfiction book out from the library after this but then I think I’ll veer back toward fiction. (That book is called Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, so a stretch of light fiction will almost definitely be in order afterward.)