2017/01/27 on Edward M. Lerner's novel "Dark Secret"https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... ark+secret
Some of the comments at Amazon are critical of some of the fictional characters and their interactions, but there appears to be reasonable support for my view that the science is very well done indeed.
The theme of the book is perfectly matched to the topic of this section of Dr. Dartnell's forum.
Six people with a variety of reasonably predictable technologies and a collection of frozen embryos are placed on a marginally earth-like world far away from Earth.
Because Mr. Lerner's academic preparation includes economics along with physics and computer science, I decided to write this post about Mr. Lerner's assertion that a group of 6 people cannot have an "economy". While there is room to quibble, the assertion led me to wonder if anyone has thought about the question of how many people it would take to have a "economy" that Adam Smith would recognize.
Certainly in "Dark Secret" the characters establish appropriate levels of Division of Labor, and as the story progresses the characters certainly seem to my eye to express the "Invisible Hand" by pursuing their personal best interests within the context of their labors to insure the survival of the group.
May every member of The Knowledge forum grow financially, intellectually, socially and beyond.