Sorry, DeLong is closer to being correct than you are. Beyond the Horizon is partially about economics but is primarily in the utopian tradition of SF novels. This has a long and distinguished history including books like More’s Utopia and Bellamy’s Looking Backward. Stross’ somewhat garish novels are not primarily about economics but mainly about the old and very fun idea of parallel universes and alternative history.
The Daniel Abraham story DeLong cites, well worth reading, is primarily about ideas of value and exchange that economists use. This story is directly about economics in a way that Beyond the Horizon and the Stross books are not.
"History of Science Fiction" is a graphic chronology that maps the literary genre from its nascent roots in mythology and fantastic stories to the somewhat calcified post-Star Wars space opera epics of today. The movement of years is from left to right, tracing the figure of a tentacled beast, derived from . Wells' War of the Worlds Martians. Science Fiction is seen as the offspring of the collision of the Enlightenment (providing science) and Romanticism, which birthed gothic fiction, source of not only SciFi, but crime novels, horror, westerns, and fantasy (all of which can be seen exiting through wormholes to their own diagrams, elsewhere). Science fiction progressed through a number of distinct periods, which are charted, citing hundreds of the most important works and authors. Film and television are covered as well.
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