The best reading I’ve ever attended was at Bubonicon, two years ago, when Daniel Abraham read his novelette, The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics.
It’s now up for a Hugo award, and deservedly so. Stop what you’re doing right now and go read Daniel’s story. Seriously. It’s that good. You’ll thank me.
Daniel workshopped The Cambist at Rio Hondo a couple of years ago. I’ll be up there in a couple of weeks, and the story I’m struggling to write for the workshop was, in fact, partially inspired by The Cambist.
I hope Daniel enjoys my homage, The Money-Changer Guy and King Aluminum.