The Unincorporated Man

The Unincorporated Man

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765318992
Characteristics: 478 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kollin, Eytan


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Jun 06, 2018

This is the 2010 winner of the Prometheus, but it must have been a bad year.

There are some interesting bits, but way too much hand-waving in apparent support of the virtues of FREEDOM, for the very rich.

The book says "Yeah, all the people have housing, food, medical care, and can (apparently ) get the training they want, but they have to give up FREEDOM!" . The only un-freedom I noticed is that people that don't own a majority of themselves, and some that do, are required to do jobs that they don't want.

The book admits that things are currently much better than they were in the bad old days ( circa 2000 ), but, but, but, ...

I am sympathetic to many Libertarian ideas, but I expect a bit more than slogans.

Aug 18, 2015

Incredible. Outstanding for a first novel. I'm looking forward to the sequel (if there is one). Anyone who thinks Virtual Reality is the best thing since sliced bread should read this book. I highly recommend it to any Sci-Fi fan.

Jul 16, 2012

Good series about what happens when a person (albeit a very rich person) from the present era cryonically freezes themselves and are revived in the future where free-market capitalism has evolved to the point where every person is incorporated, by law, and anyone can purchase shares in them. How this can lead to abuse, since there is no government regulation (a Milton Friedman wet dream) of this free-market economy, is demonstrated as is the fear engendered by the idea of anyone being "unincorporated". Excellent series so far.

Oct 13, 2010

Winner of the 2010 Prometheus Award.

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Jul 16, 2012

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Dec 05, 2012

It's actually a well written look at an economic system, and where certain paths of technology might take us...

The key flaw to this story is the character Mary Sue, named Justin Cord in this telling.Mary Sue does not want to immigrate or pay taxes (5%) in the nation he's found himself shipwrecked in, and because he is so amazing he shouldn't have to.[SPOILER ALERT] Because people are mean to Mary Sue, millions die. [DOUBLE SPOILER ALERT] In the conclusion to make Mary Sue right, the villains go off the deep end of stupidity, deciding to bring back monarchy; and only Mary Sue can stop them.


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