Market Forces

Market Forces
Market Forces  
Market Forces
UK hardback edition cover
Author(s) Richard Morgan
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd
Publication date 2004
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 386 pp (Hardback),
464 pp (Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-345-45774-9 (Hardback),
ISBN 0-575-07584-8 (Paperback)
OCLC Number 55016258
Dewey Decimal 813/.6 22
LC Classification PR6113.O748 M37 2005

Market Forces is a science fiction novel by Richard Morgan, first published in 2004.

Set in 2049 in the wake of a global economic downturn called the Domino Recessions, it follows up-and-coming executive Chris as he plunges into the profitable field of Conflict Investment. Major corporations invest in rebel armies, totalitarian dictatorships, freedom fighters, and terrorists by selling weapons and services in exchange for a percentage of a state's GNP.

The potential for profit is immense, and competition is cut-throat. It's not enough to out-bid a competitor; rival executives joust for the privilege on public roadways via armoured cars or "battle-wagons". This fiercely competitive business model is bloody but effective: surviving executives are by natural selection more cunning and aggressive than their fallen competitors, and therefore best suited for the job. The practice was born by accident when Chris' boss inadvertently killed a coworker while both were racing to work out of fear that showing up late would result in unemployment.



When Chris Faulkner first arrives at Shorn Associates, he meets and befriends Mike Bryant, a fellow executive. After his initial project, Faulkner works on shoring up an aging Colombian dictator, General Hernan Echevarria. Colombia is called the North Andean Monitored Economy (NAME) by the conflict investors and other western powers. The Shorn contract is up for renewal and the General is also likely to die soon, leaving his regime in the hands of his son Francisco Echevarria. Initially, Faulkner attempts to get a better deal by playing the regime against several active rebel groups, but ends up actually supporting the Popular Revolutionary Brigade, led by Vincente Barranco, to depose the General. After meeting with Barranco in person, Faulkner becomes convinced that he can both win a revolution and make NAME a better place, as well as making a profit.

Eventually, both the General and Barranco are invited to Shorn headquarters in London. Faulkner becomes more convinced that backing Barranco is the correct decision. When Barranco finds out Shorn is playing both sides, Faulkner beats the aging General to death in order to convince him of Shorn's support.

After the killing of the General, elements of Shorn still want to support the regime, with Francisco Echevarria as the General's replacement. The final decision comes down to a duel between Faulkner and Bryant. Faulkner kills Bryant, and the novel concludes with Faulkner informing Francisco Echevarria that he will be executed if he does not leave NAME within 48 hours.


Market Forces makes an oblique reference to Morgan's Altered Carbon. Market Forces's chief protagonist, Chris Faulkner, is offered reading material while temporarily incarcerated. One of the books is "...a luridly violent far-future crime novel about a detective who could seemingly exchange bodies at will, but the subject matter was alien to him and his attention drifted. It all seemed very far-fetched." Which is a summary of Altered Carbon. The irony here is that Market Forces can be seen as a very early prequel to Altered Carbon, and another Morgan novel, Black Man. Also, Chris Faulkner can be seen as a prototypical version of the main character of Altered Carbon, a corporate samurai with an ethical center at odds with his violent lifestyle.

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