Are markets overlooked in fiction?

Last week I was putting together a blog post (should be up today with me posting as my alter ego) on Farmers Markets for this great new blog (Back to Basics) and it got me to thinking that the market experience is as overlooked in fiction as it is in real life. I love going to the Farmer’s Market for many reasons, but the whole experience harkens back to simpler times. These days it is just a fringe thing, but once upon a time a good market was the center of community life. Why don’t we see markets more in fiction? I can think of lots of creative ways to use markets in fiction—and yes even in SciFi.

The now cancelled show, Terra Nova used a market for many of the character interactions. And just think of Quark on Star Trek Deep Space Nine.  He was one of the best characters on that show and the promenade (or market) where his little place was located was likewise an essential place for information brokering. I can easily see space travelers on a strange new planet hitting the market for a little intel.

Recently, I went to the market with my gal-pal and fab author Abigail Sharpe, and she got quite the lecture on honey and how weather, flooding, and such had effected the harvesting of certain types of honey.  It’s not the first time we’ve had farmers give us the low down on their crops.

So, anyone know of any SciFi that makes good use of a market? I’d love to hear about it!