The Unincorporated Future by Dani Kollin & Eytan Kollin.

These ‘Unincorporated’ book series seems to be moving ever further from the original unique premise where American business practices are extended in the future with everyone owning a bit of everyone else’s lives has been forgotten in a civil war stretching across the Solar System. The fourth book, ‘The Unincorporated Future’, is essentially a war book but unlike the previous book, ‘The Unincorporated Woman’, we are seeing less of the war and more the people at the top and their problems. It becomes even more worrying that any war action is described after the fact than first hand. This is the equivalent of reading the newspaper about a war than as normally done, bringing things up and personal to the reader. Considering the millions of people who are killed in the conflict, they just become numbers and lack the impact they should have. Equally, as with page 84, telling the opening line of a joke, having the characters laugh at the punch-line and not telling the reader, the Kollins brothers are either forgetting their readers or running out of ideas.

In many respects, I can understand there was a need to cover all points that were needed to be covered and end with this volume and perhaps they packed in far too much and ended up reporting events than to go into the depth they had in the previous books in the series.

That isn’t to say there aren’t any character moments. Outer Alliance President Sandra O’Toole is still a delight but little is made of Earth President Hektor Sambianco, other than pointing out perverted sexual persuasions and a touch of paranoia where he’s happy to kill his own people and is totally wasted this time.

The resolution to the war is very clever but it stirred vague memories that this is often how no-win wars tend to be won and is more a modern day solution of coming to a settlement than use the future predicament and just buy a 51% interest in your opponent would have them having to do what you want them to do.

As you can tell, my feelings are somewhat mixed about this book, mostly because it’s moved so far from the original premise. Even the adding of sentient avatars taking part in the action in the past couple books seems to be a side-issue than a necessity to the story. Their activities would have made for an interesting book series of its own than including it here.

Whatever you think, the Kollins brothers look like they’re likely to have an interesting Science Fiction career ahead of them if they can stay in line with the premises.

GF Willmetts

September 2012

(pub: TOR/Forge. 348 page hardback. Price: $27.99 (US), $31.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-2881-6)

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

One thought on “The Unincorporated Future by Dani Kollin & Eytan Kollin.

  • I just finished reading this book yesterday and I would have to agree with your points. I really enjoyed the stories in the series but it did seem that they were just trying to wrap up the story to fit within the covers of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the concept of contracts and getting it finished in 4 books as I’m sure they were contracted to do but the way they went about it made it seem a little bit like fluff to me. It was a very easy read (I read the entire book in a single day) that didn’t require me to set the book aside at any time to think about what I had just read. Mind you, I don’t mind those kind of books once in a while but the first couple of books had the kind of thought-provoking ideas that I love in the books I usually read while the last two dropped the ball.


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