The Unincorporated Man (Unincorporated Man #1)
The Unincorporated Man is a provocative social/political/economic novel that takes place in the future, after civilization has fallen into complete economic collapse. This reborn civilization is one in which every individual is incorporated at birth, and spends many years trying to attain control over his or her own life by getting a majority of his or her own shares. Lif
The plot: A man, Justin Cord, is cryogenically frozen and thawed out 300 years in the future, when all people are incorporated as, well, corporations. A future person's parents get 20%, their siblings get a share or two, the government gets a legally mandated 5% in lieu of taxes. That person barters away the rest t...more
This story (co-written by brothers Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin, despite what Goodreads tells you) takes the idea of capitalism to the extreme, so that 300 years in the future everyone is a corporation...more
The premise of the book is that in the future, people are like individual corporations which can buy and sell percentages of their earnings -- the government gets an automatic 5%, parents get 20%, and the rest you...more
This was a crackingly enjoyable story, with a pretty cool idea behind it. The whole concept of Incorporation is a little tricky to get your head around, but the social degradation due to the VR onslaught totally provides an ironclad reason for a tectonic shift in society. There are even some compelling arguments put forth for the whole system to actually work.
But, of course, there's a spanner in the works of this postmodern...more
The setup is two-fold: First, society has evolved into a completely business-oriented model. Each person...more
The entire book is set in th...more
For those not familiar with the modern Objectivist/Libertarian strain of thou...more
Here is the thing... I love science fiction because it is such a great medium to explore social criticisms and political analysis while telling a great story. Allegory and metaphor presented through scie...more
It reads like a 1950s potboiler. The characters are cardboard stereotypes. The plot is hackneyed. And the central conceit, a system of incorporation, is a problem, because a) it's silly (WHY was this solution considered? HOW did it get introduced?) and b) social forces would have acted far sooner to challenge the central premise, without requiring the figurehead. The ridiculous figurehead.
Justin Cord is basically John Galt, frozen and petrified. The book reads like Ayn...more
The Unincorporated Man creates a fish out of water character in Justin Cord. Cord...more
Plot in a nutshell: 300 years in the future humanity has the tech to bring you back from the dead as long as most of your brain is intact. Combined with anti-aging treatments, lifespans are now measured in centuries rather than decades. On top of this, the whole planet is at...more
First of all: the book has Big Ideas. The biggest one is the idea of individual incorporation. Every human being is a corporation, and people and businesses can buy and sell stock in other people and other businesses. The authors do a great job of explaining what this system might look like along with truly creative and insightful socio-economic exploration of the consequences. That idea alone would have been enough for a novel, but they cram severa...more
The basic premise is that in the future, people will all be their own corporations, and their shares will be available to be bought and sold by others on the open market. Interesting!
Then, a particularly old person (Justin) comes out of cold-sleep such that he is the only person in the world who is not actually incorp...more
Everyone in the world is a personal corporation. The government owns 5% (and there are no other taxes) and parents own 25% at birth (to compensate them for raising their child). Everything a person earns is paid out in dividends, and, as long as the person is a majority share-holder in his own corporation, he can make career decisions for himself. People pay for college (and other things) by trading a portion of the personal stock fo...more
I liked the premise, the set...more
By the late chapters, the author is no longer content to espouse his futuristic libe...more
A few years back, broke, desperate and living with my wife and three kids at my in-laws, I decided to get together with my brother, Eytan and write a book. Mind you I had no idea how to go about this but I did know that Eytan had some great ideas and little tenacity and I had a lot of tenacity and a gift for knowing how to turn great ideas into a marketabl...more