Told in letters from Simon Messiter, Barclays economist, to a Jane, "Economancer" proposes an explanation for why the dollar has fallen so much in recent years. Apparently a sovereign state in the fictional nanoesian islands has developed a very specialized form of magic based on economics and local tribal spiritual beliefs. They call it "economancy" and have hired Simon Messiter to bring the dollar down to make repayment of debts easier.
When Simon though incredulously tries to bluff his way out of this impossible situation things only get worse for him. The letters get longer and the dialogue more frequent in these later sections. The explanations for these fantastic accounts of things is that Simon has a lot of time on his hands.
In true short horror fashion made popular by the Twilight Zone, the last letter to Jane turns everything on its head. It all hinges on the question that is never fully answered: who is Jane?
Comment #1: Monday, August, 31, 2009 at 20:38:08
This sounds really interesting. Thanks for the review - will definitely check it out.
Comment #2: Monday, September 7, 2009 at 20:24:91
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