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“This is a bright, stimulating work that deserves a wide readership.”
--Gregory Benford, author of Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs
“Reminiscent of Heinlein—a good, old-fashioned, enormously appealing SF yarn. Bravo!”
--Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author of Rollback
“Fans of SF as a vehicle for ideas will devour this intriguing debut. . . . The Kollin brothers keep the plot moving briskly despite the high proportion of talk to action. Their cerebral style will especially appeal to readers nostalgic for science fiction’s early years.”
“A narrative with a strong, fascinating voice--the Kollin Brothers write like a younger, more innocent Heinlein; there's the same rare sense of personal freedom inexorably combined with personal responsibility. The characters are clear and appealing, but the real fascination is the human condition explored in their post-corporate nation world. It cries out for a sequel, and I'll read it eagerly!”
--Kage Baker, author of The Sons of Heaven
"Will appeal to Heinlein's legions of fans with its themes of personal liberty and one man's political struggle with the State. . . . The Unincorporated Man will tantalize you in with its intriguing premise.”
--Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award-winning author of Rollback
“The Kollin brothers' first novel . . . recalls the emphasis on freedom of the early works of Heinlein and the cutting-edge social commentary of William Gibson and Fritz Lieber.”
- Publication date : April 27, 2010
- File size : 906 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 603 pages
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reissue edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B002ASFPY6
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #530,632 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, as you dig further into this snail paced story you come to realize that most of this “future” has been done better everywhere else and there is no true literature-driven story-telling to be found.
A great idea that could have used a big dose of tough love by a proper editor.
Although it may have ruined my niche for augmented or artificial realty.
The brothers are not facile wordsmiths and some of their characters have a kind of Ayn Randian woodenness. But the authors have a riveting concept and loads of exciting plot twists. Their villain is awesome. And there are some really amazing set pieces, like the scene in a kind of virtual reality haunted house. Unfortunately they get too deeply bogged down in things like the nuances of how this futuristic society works, which really drags the story down.
I think a really adept film director backed up by a strong scriptwriter could turn this into one H of a cool movie. And I would definitely pay to see that.
Justin Cord is revived after 300 years in a cryogenic sleep to a new world where his cancer can be easily cured and his body can be rejuvenated. Justin also finds that society has changed. Upon birth people are "incorporated." Other citizens are allowed to invest in stocks of newborns and share financially in their successes or failures.
Though Justin is thrilled with much of what he sees in his new world he is appalled by the idea of incorporation...people owning other people. He refuses to incorporate and becomes a rallying point for a rebellious portion of society. Leaders of GCI, the company that revived Justin, feel that this unincorporated man threatens the fabric of modern society and begins a series of machinations to force Justin's incorporation.
My only negative comment is that several times Justin has discussions on what it means to be free. Though the idea of people as corporations is interesting, Justin's discussions of freedom are far more tedious than they are thought-provoking.
Still, the Kollin brothers have delivered a book that seems like a cryogenic treasure from the golden age of science fiction. The descriptions of the new world and society that Justin experiences are like something out of Heinlein. The web of manipulations that comprise the plot is reminiscent of Asimov's "Foundation" series. "The Unincorporated Man" is worthy of a science fiction fan's reading list.
2009 Prometheus Awards
-- posted Wednesday 21 July 2010 @ 5:07 pm PDT
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced that The Unincorporated Man by Dani & Eytan Kollin (Tor) is the winner of the 2009 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, and No Truce with Kings, by Poul Anderson, is the winner of the 2009 Hall of Fame Award.
Runners-up for the Best Novel award were Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card (Tor); Makers by Cory Doctorow (Tor); Liberating Atlantis by Harry Turtledove (Roc); and The United States of Atlantis by Harry Turtledove (Roc). The awards will be presented at Aussiecon 4, the 68th annual Worldcon, to be held September 2-6, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. Each Kollin will receive a gold coin and plaque.
Poul Anderson's novels have previously won the Prometheus Award (in 1995, for The Stars are also Fire), and the Hall of Fame Award (1995 for The Star Fox and 1985 for Trader to the Stars). Anderson also received a Special Award for lifetime achievement in 2001.
When I read the book, I enjoyed it. However, I thought the political discussion was a little bit heavy handed, even though I generally agreed with it.
I have two complaints about the Kindle edition. First, there is no active table of contents. I can understand a lack of a table of contents for a short story, but a novel? Second, not much care was taken in converting the books to the Kindle. Every chapter begins with a formatting problem. The first letter of the chapter is bold, larger in size, and on the preceding line from the rest of that paragraph. I only happens once per chapter, and can be ignored. But it shows a bit of lack of care about formatting the book. I'll post a screen shot so you can see about this formatting issue.
But the book was fun, and I'm going to pick up the sequel ( The Unincorporated War ) as soon as its price drops a little.
Ultimately, what hurt the story was the writing. The writer constantly jumped between characters making this feel like bad fan-fiction in its comprehensibility. As such, I cannot recommend it as highly as I would like for the story. This book is still worth reading if you enjoy schemes, plots, nostalgia, and new worlds.
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But I want to point the below issue I faced while buying this book:
My only concern or problem was with Amazon. While placing the order for this book , amazon just told me that "Once dispatched, it will take 6-7 days to deliver", I was fine with that . But after placing the order and payment is complete they tell me that the book will be dispatched only after 3-4 weeks.. WHY WASNT THIS INFORMED BEFORE PLACING THE ORDER???
Hence I got this book delivered after one month. It turns out this book has to be imported from US and naturally it took them a month to deliver.
I want Amazon management to know and probably incorporate this : "People are okay to get a book after one month with valid reasons such as above but It is Definitely not alright to make them buy it first and then revealing the information..
In this case that's an entirely accurate belief, as the idea itself is so stupendously dumb that the only place for it is in a work of fiction. The idea is 'personal incorporation'. In this novel, set roughly 300 years in the future, every individual is incorporated at birth, becoming a publicly traded corporation complete with stock. Parents get 20%, the government gets 5%, and you are free to trade the remainder for things like education. The end result is that you trade most of your stock in your early years and then work for decades, or even centuries thanks to nanotech-enabled longevity, to gather the wealth required to buy back a majority of your stock and become a truly free, self-owned person.
Now if to you this idea sounds like a good one, you're probably one of those people that believes a totally free and unregulated market is a good thing, that the collapse of the financial industry was to blame on too much government interference, and that the corporation is the greatest entity ever invented by man and governments are the source of all evil.
In other words, you're a lobotomised Fox News viewer.
For the rest of us, those grounded in reality-based reality, this concept of personal incorporation sounds like a horrendously bad idea that will only fuel the worst aspects of human nature: greed, ruthlessness, selfishness, and more of such unpleasantness.
The authors of The Unincorporated Man, however, see the concept of personal incorporation as a Really Good Idea, and the whole book is written in service of it. The plot is pretty much non-existent - everything that happens only happens because it allows the writers to put the main characters in positions where they can expose different aspects of their Brilliant Idea. The characters themselves are so lacking in depth that a TPS coversheet looks positively Himalayan in comparison, and they suffer from serious motivational flaws - they say and do what they say and do not because it makes sense, but because the authors think it helps to explain the Idea.
And to top it off, the world in which these non-characters engage in their non-events and have their non-conversations is laughably simplistic: a science fiction utopia devoid of any realism, emerged from a conveniently underexplained apocalyptic Grand Collapse, with technological 'advancements' a seven-year old could've dreamed up, rife pseudo-scientific terminology strewn about at random to make it seem futuristic but instead succeeding only in making the book look like a glossy marketing brochure written by ignorant corporate marketing executives.
Which is really what The Unincorporated Man is - a poorly written piece of pro-capitalism, pro-market, pro-corporate libertarian propaganda. The book shamelessly proclaims the USA to be the greatest nation in the history of mankind (where any historian would be hard-pressed to even rank it third, after the Roman and British empires), brands the ACLU as misguided (since when is free speech misguided?), wastes no opportunity to warn of the evils of big government (yes, small government really saved our behinds during the recent economic meltdown, didn't it? Oh, wait...), and is ridiculously America-centric (which leads me to suspect its authors have done very little global travelling indeed, if any).
This inane drivel is unworthy of your time and most certainly unworthy of your money.