Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Leader Principle, by Rahul Kanakia

[F&SF]
★★☆☆☆

(SF Thriller) An entrepreneur trying to build a Mars rocket sends his number-two guy out to raise desperately needed money by selling nearly worthless bonds. (4,673 words; Time: 15m)


"The Leader Principle," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

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Pro: I think this might be an allegory for how fascists take over governments, but I’m not entirely sure.

Con: I found the whole story just absurd. Business simply doesn’t work like this. Gobhind was unbelievable in the level of his devotion to Slack. The idea that anyone would buy zero-interest bonds from a high-risk company was unbelievable. And the notion that the suckers who bought those bonds would somehow organize into a murderous paramilitary organization is even crazier.

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