Not everything is about trading, difficult concepts, and serious stuff within the crypto-world. There’s a lot of funny and curious things around here, and one of those is the fiction books touching the topic… or the topics. Because they’re not just one: Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, ICOs, the Satoshi Nakamoto mystery, anecdotes, decentralization, parodies…
Some good authors out there have already discovered the infinite possibilities, and they’re taking advantage of it in different fiction formats: novel, comic, tale, and even visuals, but that’s another story. For now, we’re going to show you some entertaining fictional books featuring cryptocurrencies and blockchains. Let’s start!
Bitcoin: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious Bitcoin creator? We don’t know, and that actually could be a movie, because we really, really want to know it. The main characters of this book want it as well since they’re literally in the hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto.
Their biggest suspect is Bob, a beardy geek who’s now pursued by criminal groups and secret services. And he makes us understand why Satoshi prefers anonymity. The comic comes from Alex Preukschat, Josep Busquet, and José Ángel Ares, and was launched in 2014. So, this is probably the first Bitcoin comic in existence.
A curious thing about it? A copy of this comic was sold in auction for 20,4 BTC in 2015. The price comes from the fact it was signed by 105 celebrities within the crypto-world, including Jeff Garzik, Vitalik Buterin, Andreas Antonopoulos, and Roger Ver. Usually, the cost of this one is just 5–10 USD.
God is a gamer
“Enter a world where money means nothing. Martyrs are villains. Predators are prey. And… God is a gamer”. This is how is introduced the book about Bitcoin by the best-seller Indian author Ravi Subramanian. The “Who’s Satoshi” thing is here as well, but there’s more to see in this thriller full of lies, manipulations, deaths, and even explosions.
A gamer, a banker, a politician, and a terrorist are mixed here with Bitcoin and Darknet, developing a plot where you have to discover who’s pulling the strings from the background. Published in 2014, “God is gamer” has to be one of the firsts fictional books of its kind.
Remember when we said someone should make a movie with this topic? Well, the Indian company Viacom 18 Motion Pictures has already bought the rights for this book and it’s planning to make that movie. At the moment, we can acquire the book for 14–16 USD on Amazon.
Consensusland: a cryptocurrency utopia
Have you ever imagined a place running fully on cryptocurrencies and blockchains? Yes, we know the artist Akon wants to build that city in Senegal, but before him (2018) the author Mark Helfman wrote about Consensusland, a tiny country-island where everything works with its own cryptocurrency.
Quentin Taylor, a biomedical entrepreneur, wants to build his own state-of-the-art headquarters for his company, and he receives a once-in-a-lifetime offer from the government of Consensusland, who’s investing in foreign startups. They want to fund him, but he has to give up everything he knew about the meaning of money and move into the island to live in a very different society.
The author explores this way how it’d be to live with cryptocurrencies and decentralization as normal in every aspect. And you can have this book for 3–30 USD, depending on the edition.
If you were inside the crypto-world by 2017, you should know it was bonkers. Bitcoin climbing to the moon, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) popping everywhere, Bitconneeeect rising billions with its suspicious (and totally failed later) cryptocurrency, and, generally, everybody full of Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).
In that magical year, some university students could have become millionaires just by writing some clumsy code to create a new useless token with promises of greatness and aggressive marketing. And that’s the topic of this novel, written by the Welsh author Haydn Wilks.
As Future Synergy Coin becomes a multi-billion dollar enterprise, the lives of Graham, Guus, Alicia, and many others around the world changes radically. Wilks left the question: “With billions of dollars to play for, who will survive the SHITCOIN’s rise?” We can discover it for 8–19 USD on Amazon.
Catcoin: The fictional History of a Cryptocurrency
“I can’t wait to fuck Bitcoin in its ass!” is one of the golden phrases you can find in this bizarre, funny, and feline novel by Frank Edler. And not precisely because he hates Bitcoin (the work is dedicated to Satoshi Nakamoto), it’s more because he likes it and wanted to write the story of One, the first Catcoin in existence.
Catcoin is a cryptocurrency created by Catoshi Nakamoto, an Italian citizen “with Asian features and American sensibilities”. One used to be an alcoholic cat on the streets of Roma, but he became the first Catcoin unit thanks to his new master, Nakamoto. He still loves wine, though. Meanwhile, “Friendships are forged, lovers are loved and Durian fruit is smashed”, and, of course, the whole world is disrupted by a better payment method.
If you’re into cryptocurrencies, cats and laughs, this is most likely obligatory reading. We can find it on Amazon, between 3 and 10 USD.
A cryptocurrency carol
Yes, you probably want to save this one for Christmas. As you may know by now, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens has like thousands of different adaptations to date, it’s a total classic, almost obligatory for the holidays. So, why don’t mix it up with cryptocurrencies? The author Jefferson Nunn thought it was a great idea, so he did it in 2018.
In this version, the reluctant miser is the old Mr. Keynes, owner of his own business, Keynes Investments, and a fervent hater of Bitcoin and technology. The man is just waiting for the crypto to be “dead as a doornail” and he strikes as “toxic” everything not related to making (fiat) money. Then, a ghosty Bitcoin-iPad appeared to him, followed by the Genesis Block (the Ghost of Bitcoin’s past), a Node (the Ghost of Bitcoin’s present), and a self-conscious Artificial Intelligence (the Ghost of Bitcoin’s future).
We can read this funny and endearing classic-tale for free on Forbes, to have a very merry Christmas.
These books are a great way to pass through things like a long quarantine, eh? And, of course, an entertaining opportunity to learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain without making great mind efforts.
Originally published at https://blog.alfa.cash on September 5, 2020.