I'm a (budding) economist, and I'm interested in sci-fi that tries to get the economics right. Any suggestions?
I'm currently reading Accelerando, which A) is a good book, and B) makes a valiant attempt to deal with the econ. I think it gets a bunch of things wrong...then again, so do most economists! I am a little annoyed by the idea of "post-scarcity"...unless we have godlike AIs providing for our every whim (a la Iain M. Banks' "Culture" universe), it's a bit hard to imagine people everywhere being completely and utterly satiated. The idea of "solving the calculation problem" - calculating how much of what people will want at every point in the future, based on their observable characteristics - is a bit far-fetched without Banks-style Minds doing unfathomable amounts of work for the benefit of a lowly humans.