This came up in this discussion on rec.arts.sf.written about a plot development one doesn't see in SF . During the course discussing why that particular idea is never used, John Schilling asked "Are there any presently active SF writers who have experience running a small business or corporation?"
I knew of Lawrence Watt-Evans and Fred Pohl. Pohl's SF in particular worries about who pays for all the cool toys (MINING THE OORT is informed by a market adjustment) and of course Watt-Evans doesn't write (much) SF anymore, for perfectly rational capitalist reasons. Schilling mentioned that Heinlein was involved in a silver mine.
I think it's an interesting question, particularly if we exclude experience in publishing, which presumably a lot of writers would have . Anyone have other names to add to Pohl and Watt-Evans?
1: I expect that if any of the many obvious alternatives to conventional fossil fuels replace fossil fuels, there will be a lot of bitterly disappointed people out there, denied their apocalypse once more.
2: Judging by some of the outraged "My publisher's self interest diverged from mine and the bastards decided to put their own interests first!" open letters circulating a few years ago from authors, there are writers who don't study the business that they are in.
- Trivia: Who are the business people?