EMUs – Easy Money Units
Easy Money Units are used for payments in the fictional universe of the Bubble World.
Easy Money Units are the first published instance of a crypto or electronic currency.
Easy Money Units were first invented in a story by Geoff Davis published in the UK in 1997 in the ‘Em One’ book, which featured stories by Hanif Kureishi and many others. It also came with a cassette of new bands and poetry. (Em Fiction, ed. Karl Sinfield, London, United Kingdom, ISSN 1366-3755).
The full EMU-featuring novella ‘Death in the Bubble World’ was serialised in each of the three Ems that came out from 1997-2000.
Easy Money Units were used for all transactions, mainly money and data. EMUs handled the processing of transactions from the stores of value for blood, data, sperm, money. The chief evil guy was called ‘Mr Banks’.
EMUs could be stored in special bags (wallets), which could be degraded (hacked). In the story the bags are attacked and EMUs stolen by members of the Gunn Family, who are AIs programmed to feel guilt when they shoot.
The Bubble World story addresses the complications that arise when transactions are not honoured, or are converted to the advantage of larger players or aggregators.
The story is online at the Geoff Davis Org website – Death in the Bubble World story (new page)
A new novel by Geoff Davis exploring Universal Basic Income UBI and the electronic currency Easy Money Units EMUs is to be published 2022. This might also see the real world appearance of the currency.
Please see my new site Micro Arts Group for computer art and story generators from the 1980s. The top image on this site is from that.
An online multimedia piece was displayed during the publication, designed by Paul Greenleaf. The two illustrations shown here are from that. The Em book cover here was designed by Charlie Mitchell, who also did 3D and print illustrations for the story.
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