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Not long before the end?: SF and the economics of resource scarcity
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
2017 (English)In: Fafnir-Nordic journal of science fiction and fantasy research, ISSN 2342-2009, Vol. 4, no 2, 34-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The commodity price booms of the early 1970s and of 2006–2014 wereboth associated with predictions of devastating scarcity of key natural resources, inpopular media as well as in science fiction. However, both price booms endedwithin a few years for largely similar reasons, linked to the economic incentives thathigh commodity prices create. Given the economic forces that ensure that spells ofresource scarcity usually do not last, writers of science fiction set in scarcity futures,especially fiction of the “if this goes on…” type, need to provide plausible reasonswhy those forces might stop working. This paper examines how authors describingresource-scarce future Earths have attempted to offer such reasons, and how thosereasons have evolved over time.

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2017. Vol. 4, no 2, 34-44 p.
Keyword [en]
natural resource scarcity, economics, science fiction
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63416OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63416DiVA: diva2:1096431
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Validerad;2017;Nivå 1;2017-08-16 (rokbeg)

Available from: 2017-05-17 Created: 2017-05-17 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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