The Great Explosion is a satirical science fiction novel by Eric Frank Russell, first published in 1962. The story is divided into three sections. The final section is based on Russell's famous 1951 short story "...And Then There Were None." Twenty-three years after the novel was published, it won a Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.
The Blieder drive, a faster-than-light drive system, has permitted the population of Earth to colonize the galaxy. Each planet has become the home for a particular social group. Four hundred years after the diaspora, a spaceship from Earth visits three of the planets, the first steps to unifying the galaxy under a new Empire. Things do not go entirely as hoped, as the incompetent military authoritarians of the ship encounter three very different societies.
The first planet was a penal colony; it is now many independent kleptocratic despotisms preying on each other. The second planet, Hygeia, is populated by health and fitness fanatic nudists. The third planet, Kassim, was colonized by a religious group, but when the ship arrives, they can't find any human life, only empty villages overgrown by jungle. They decide not to land on the planet, because the captain fears that the colonists could have been killed by a disease and he doesn't want to endanger the crew. The final planet, K22g, has developed an unusual social system. The population call themselves Gands (after Gandhi) and practise a form of classless, philosophically anarchic libertarianism, based on passive resistance ("Freedom - I won't!" and "Myob!"); and a moneyless gift economy based on barter and favor-exchange, using "obs" (obligations). To perform a service for somebody "lays an ob" on them; they can then "kill the ob" by returning the favor.
List of fictional currencies
Fictional currency is the currency used in works of fiction. It may be used in alternative worlds, eras, or realities.
The use of "credits" is particularly common in futuristic settings, so much so that Sam Humphries has pointed it out as a cliché: "In any science-fiction movie, anywhere in the galaxy, currency is referred to as 'credits.'" Credits are frequently envisioned as a form of electronic money.
Work Currency Unit Symbol
Total Recall Credit
Demolition Man Credit
Judge Dredd Cred
Escape from L.A. Blueback
Street Fighter Bison Dollars
Spaceballs Space buck
The Flintstones Shell
Star Wars Galactic credit standard
The Chronicles of Riddick (films) UD (Universal Denomination)
Heavy Metal Chronodollars ("Harry Canyon" segment); Zulacks ("Captain Sternn" segment)
Colony Five-zero Shadydollar ("Nip Cent") ("Dala Senti")
Work Currency Unit Symbol
Star Trek (Ferengi) Latinum (Bricks, bars, strips, slips)
Star Trek (United Federation of Planets) Federation credit
Star Trek (Klingons) Darsek
Star Trek (Karemma) Dirak
Star Trek (Barkon IV) Dorak
Star Trek (Takar) Frang
Star Trek (Vlugtans) Isik
Star Trek (Cardassians) Lek
Star Trek (Bajor) Lita
Star Trek (Triskelion) Quatloo
Star Trek (Mari) Renn
Babylon 5 Credit
Battlestar Galactica Cubit