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The Unincorporated Future (The Unincorporated Man) by [Kollin, Dani, Kollin, Eytan]
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Praise for "The Unincorporated Man" "A bright, stimulating work that deserves a wide readership."
--Gregory Benford, author of the Galactic Center Saga

"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." --"Publishers Weekly" "Recalls the emphasis on freedom of the early works of Heinlein and the cutting-edge social commentary of William Gibson and Fritz Leiber. A good choice for most libraries." "--Library Journal"

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Brothers DANI KOLLIN and EYTAN KOLLIN live in California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076532881X
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NKN4IU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,148,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There seems to be some confusion as to whether the "Unincorporated" saga is a Trilogy, more, or a Series. Across The Pond especially they seem unable to determine. I enthused about the first book - The Unincorporated Man - so much that I had the remainder of the set bought for me (and it turns out that there are four instalments altogether, at least in GB parts). Lucky me, well yes and no. I was keen to start the second book - The Unincorporated War - and quite glad to finish it.
The Unincorporated Woman - the third book - was somewhat of an improvement on its predecessor and the Woman herself a more credible evocation of 20th Century persona adrift some Centuries in the future. Truth to tell, the second instalment can be ignored to a certain extent as the story picks up with the third.
So on with the fourth and final tranche - The Unincorporated Future. I have noted that an earlier Science Fiction Writer (A.E.van Vogt: The Gryb - originally published in 1940 as "Repetition") had a character expound: "A military genius with a million men can lick a proportionately well-armed two million".That was a short story of a Core Worlds alliance at odds with one of the Outer moons of the Solar System. It was written nearly threequarters of a Century ago and presaged the basic plot of the Unincorporated series. Nothing really changes apart from the numbers, the amount of print needed to tell the story and now too much "war war, jaw jaw" and all inclusive religious, heart warming ethnic characters.
The Unincorporated Saga promised more than it could ultimately deliver - a thought provoking scenario rather let down at times by some vapid characters (physical and metaphysical), painfully inept writing and a very poor conclusion which was not worthy of the opus.
DJG
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Having read the first three books in the Unincorporated series I've been awaiting the fourth and final instalment, almost quietly, since it was announced.

To me, it had a lot to live up to. The series opened with the original idea of humans born into incorporation rather than a being taxed from birth, explained in depth by the authors.

The following two books in the series whilst enjoyable are a lot 'lighter' reading (not a bad point) but left a lot of loose ends.

In this fourth and final book of the Unincorporated series all of those loose ends are pulled back and knitted into a seamless story of hope and trust in humanity and the ability of human nature to conquer all, including our own doubts and shortcomings.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nihilistic ending... 23 Aug. 2012
By R. Keaton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't have words for how much I loved the first book in this series, it's a classic. Great characterization, an interesting big idea, and a largely idealistic tone and outlook. The book was very character driven and while slow at times, was more than worth the effort. Sometime during the second book the series "jumped the shark" and hasn't really looked back since. It moved from a thoughtful character driven piece that felt very much like something from the golden age and turned into an over the top space opera that felt like it went out of its way to torture (often literally) the characters that made the first book so great. I had hoped that the authors would return to form in this last installment and at least try to build some semblance of if not a happy ending at least one that captured some of the optimism and character driven greatness of the first book. Unfortunately, what I found was one of the most nihilistic endings of any book I've read in recent memory. There are literally no winners, and even the characters you think might get off with at least some semblance of a happy future turn out to have that marred by some nasty little twist in the final pages. I rushed out to the get the last book in the hope that the middle two were their "Empire Strikes Back" and that they would pull the whole thing out in the end. As it stands, it's going to be a good long time before I reread the first book and not have the experience marred by what follows.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet end 27 Aug. 2012
By Isaiah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To all fans of the series this book is a must have, and while it has its flaws it is certainly a worthy sucessor to the heady Unincorporated Man more so than the middle two. I have been a fan from the start of the series, especially the ever classic opener to the series, and this book brings it all home. I won't spoil anything other than to say while some will certainly complain about the ending I am a huge fan of how the story ultimately played out. Everything is wrapped up though in a bit of a hasty fashion. I suppose then you are wondering why the four stars? Simply put in spite of jumping the shark, and opening up some unnecesary plotholes the story became more focused on the actors and not the glitzy battles although as a high point of consistency the battles have remained tense and as fun to read as in the Unincorporated war. If you want a novel about implausible crushing victories and clear good guys, this book isn't for you, but if you want to see the moral and spiritual effects of war; if you want to seee the depths of depravity, and the heights of mercy. If you simply want to see brilliant leadership and effective idealism, then do yourself a favor and buy this novel, in fact purchase the series. The questions it raises about humanity and our place among the stars, and in relation to each other are worth the occasional narrative mishaps, plus its just plian darn good reading.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unabashed Tubthumping 26 Nov. 2012
By L. Tarantino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you've gotten this far through the series you'll know that, while not the best written Space Opera you'll read this year (the award for which surely goes to Hannu Rajaniemi's Quantum Thief), there's generally been sufficient interesting idea's and action to keep us all somewhat entertained. The series was already on a bit of a downward curve, but I was willing to forgive many of it's flaws to see how it all panned out. Unfortunately this book threw out all the mitigating characteristics, and the authors plumbed those flaws as deeply as they could. The main theme of this particular installment is the canonization of religion as humanity's ultimate saving grace, in the face of the evil corporate system. It's basically a naive polemic about the importance of religion in an increasingly irreligious world, with absurd wish-fulfillment visions of all creeds coming together against the atheist hordes. I can only surmise that one of the brothers has taken it on himself to use the book as some sort of tribute to their father, a Rabbi.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting finish to a strong thought provoking outer space thriller 27 Aug. 2012
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Unincorporated Future
Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin
Tor, Aug 21 2012, $27.99
ISBN: 9780765328816

When the only Unincorporated Man Justin Cord was assassinated, Sandra O'Toole replaced him as leader of the Outer Alliance. The group's personal freedom message resonates strongly among colonists living in the Asteroid Belt and the orbs beyond. The United Human Federation control Mars and earth with every person under corporate control.

Thus UHF President Hektor Sambianco remains steadfast with his quest to destroy the freedom rebels even if millions must die. The war is bloody, but OA General J.D. Black overcomes the overwhelming resourcing advantages of UHF with ingenious strategy leading to victories though his opponent brutal brilliant Admiral Samuel Trang proves a strong leader too. As millions die, O'Toole wonders if victory is worth the cost of human extinction; while Sambianco pushes victory at any cost. Meanwhile unbeknownst to either side, artificial intelligences are in a civil war whether to help or exterminate the humans.

The final unincorporated science fiction is an exciting finish to a strong thought provoking outer space thriller. The storyline is action-packed while also looking deep at the timely morality of war with leaders knowingly sending pawns to die as well as civilian deaths. Although more military than political-social themes of the previous works (see The Unincorporated War, The Unincorporated Man and The Unincorporated Woman), fans will enjoy this entry; as Stalin stated" "'when one man dies it is a tragedy, when thousands die it's statistics"; when millions die...

Harriet Klausner
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A war with no real winners, but an optimistic epilogue 2 Sept. 2012
By Don Bagert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is true that there were few if any "happy endings" for the cast of characters in this series, most of them got about what they deserved due to their actions. Also, the epilogue (set in the far future) gave an outlook of optimism for the descendants of what had been called the "Outer Alliance". It also left the door open for a sequel series...

The first book (The Unincorporated Man) was the best of the bunch, addressing some concepts relatively unique to the science fiction genre. However, the second book (The Unincorporated War) shifted the focus to the military and political arena, and surprisingly introduced the previously-unmentioned religious concepts which continued to the very last sentence of the series. (At least the author provided a good reason for that topic not appearing in the first book.) Even more surprisingly, "War" killed off the series' main character (Justin Cord), but in a way which allowed for a possible resurrection.

So in this last book, we're waiting for the Outer Alliance to triumph over their enemies, maybe led by a revived Justin Cord, but there really turns out to be no winners or losers, and as for Cord...well, you have to read the book to find out :)

Overall, I liked the series but it could have been so much more...I wish the Kollin brothers good fortune in their future works, regardless of whether they occur in the "Unincorporated" universe or not.
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