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The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin & Eytan Kollin
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Andrew Brooks
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318992
Date: 17 March 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Listen, times are tough. But the future as imagined by the brothers Kollin in The Unincorporated Man redefines personal financial responsibility. Set in a future America where the government has just about been wholly privatized, Unincorporated posits what it would be like where people are incorporated from birth. Your stocks up, your stocks down, takes on a whale of a different meaning in this book. In this economy it's not about how much stock you own of others, but of how much stock in your portfolio consists of self. It's all about achieving majority.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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. Life extension has made life very long indeed.

Now the incredible has happened: a billionaire businessman from our time, frozen in secret in the early twenty-first century, is discovered and resurrected, given health and a vigorous younger body. Justin Cord is the only unincorporated man in the world, a true stranger in this strange land. Justin survived because he is tough and smart. He cannot accept only part ownership of himself, even if that places him in conflict with a civilization that extends outside the solar system to the Oort Cloud.  People will be arguing about this novel and this world for decades.

(Source: Tor Books)

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