A brilliant industrialist named Justin Cord awakes from a 300-year cryonic suspension into a world that has accepted an extreme form of market capitalism. It's a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves.
Justin Cord is now the last free man in the human race - owned by no one and owning no one.
In a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves, one man - owned by no one and owning no one - dares to fight those who'd enslave him. Exiled and hunted, Justin Cord must now lead a revolution in order to birth a nation.
Humans have become incorporated and most no longer own a majority of themselves. Justin Cord - owned by no one and owning no one, dared to defy the system but has disappeared and is presumed dead. Now an audacious plan will pit one woman against an insidious corporate order she never bargained for and a ruthless adversary she never imagined.
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Eytan and I came up with this Mayan Prophecy Doomsday concept a while back and realized, given the long lag times at the major SF pubs, we'd never get it out on time - before the end of the world, that is. Anyways, here's the brief - no spoilers, don't worry - descriptor:
Day By Day is a Mayan prophecy tale that takes place on the last day of Earth's existence. The Prometheus award-winning authors have not only come up with a doomsday like no other, they've also managed to place the fate of humanity on the hopes and perseverance of a most unlikely duo -- quite possibly the strangest in science fiction history. Enjoy Day By Day, a Kollin Brothers adventure that begins at the end.
Enjoy...with what little time you have left.
Read Publishers Weekly recent review of The Unincorpoated Future
From Publishers Weekly 6/10/12:
Smooth, thoughtful, and compulsively readable, this expansive space opera completes the quartet that began with The Unincorporated Man (2009). The solar system’s Outer Alliance is beginning to win its fight against the inner planets’ United Human Federation, but unscrupulous UHF President Hektor Sambianco remains determined to exterminate the opponents of personal incorporation, which ensures that “every human was under corporate control and properly exploited.” As millions of people die on both sides, Alliance President Sandra O’Toole must consider how far a war can go before it destroys the combatants’ humanity. Meanwhile, massive battle fleets maneuver through the solar system, and clandestine artificial intelligences fight their own civil war, determining whether to aid or destroy the human race. Plots and counterplots abound. The Kollin brothers bounce deftly among characters and locations, alternating grandiose action and pages of political and moral debate. The result is a surprisingly successful melodrama of ideas that ties up the plot threads neatly and satisfyingly. (Aug.)
An interview with the sci-fi/fantasy/comics podcast Machine Readable
A few weeks back Eytan and I participated in Dever, Colorado's Milehicon. While there, we were interviewed by podcasters Machine Readable. Enjoy the show: Kollin Brothers Interview
Just got the news this morning (paraphrased from a longer email):
Two sf novels published this year by TOR Books have been nominated for next year's Prometheus Award for Best Novel. Please pass on our congratulations to the authors: Vernor Vinge, forThe Children of the Sky; and Dani and Eytan Kollin, for The Unincorporated Woman. The judges are especially intrigued by these new 2011 nominees, since The Children of the Sky is a sequel to A Deepness in the Sky, our 2000 Prometheus winner for best novel; while The Unincorporated Woman is a continuation of the Kollin brothers' 2010 Prometheus winner for best novel, The Unincorporated Man.
We're absolutely blown away to be nominated in a category next to an author of Vernor Vinge's stature.
Dani & Eytan
Our First-Ever Guest Blog On Tor.Com!
We're proud to announce our first-ever guest spot blogging for Tor.com. The question they posed to us was, "How is it that two guys ended up writing a universe dominated primarily by women?" Here's our answer.
Dani & Eytan
"Bristling with ideas...Kollin and Kollin keep surprising readers with fresh imagination and insights..."
It's always nice to garner a great review from one of the largest trade journals on the planet. Read on: Publishers Weekly Review of The Unincorporated Woman
Well, we finally made onto the cover of the #1 Science Fiction industry magazine, Locus! Sure it's an inset shot but still, it's on the cover and that's a glass half full in our book. Click here to see some tasty shots and for a pdf of the interview itself.
The Unincorporated Man wins The Prometheus Award for Best Novel of the Year!
Holy Guacomolie! We are simply floored. I've posted the press release below:
Thanks for making freedom ring!
Dani & Eytan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 21, 2010
* The Libertarian Futurist Society will hold its annual awards ceremony for the Prometheus Award during Aussicon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, September 2-6, 2010, in Melbourne, Australia. The specific time and location will be available in the convention program.
* The winner of the Best Novel award is "The Unincorporated Man", by Dani and Eytan Kollin (TOR Books). The Hall of Fame award was won by "No Truce with Kings," a story by Poul Anderson, written in 1964. The Kollin Brothers will each receive a plaque and a one-ounce gold coin, while a smaller gold coin and a plaque will be presented to Anderson's estate.
"The Unincorporated Man" is the first novel publication by the Kollin brothers. It is the first novel in a planned trilogy to be published by Tor. "The Unincorporated Man" presents the idea that education and personal development could be funded by allowing investors to take a share of one's future income. The novel explores the ways this arrangement would affect those who do not own a majority of the stock in themselves. For instance, often ones investors would have control of a person's choices of where to live or work. The desire for power as an end unto itself and the negative consequences of the raw lust for power are shown in often great detail. The story takes a strong position that liberty is important and worth fighting for, and the characters spend their time pushing for different conceptions of what freedom is.
Poul Anderson's novels have been nominated many times, and have won the Prometheus Award (in 1995, for "The Stars are also Fire"), and the Hall of Fame Award (1995 for "The Star Fox" and 1985 for "Trader to the Stars"). He also received a Special award for lifetime achievement in 2001. This was the first nomination for "No Truce With Kings".
Poul Anderson's "No Truce with Kings" was first published in 1963. Like many science fiction stories of that era, it was set in a future that had endured a nuclear war. Anderson's focus is not on the immediate disaster and the struggle to survive, but the later rebuilding; its central conflict is over what sort of civilization should be created. The story's title comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Old Issue," which describes the struggle to bind kings and states with law and the threat of their breaking free. Anderson's future California is basically a feudal society, founded on local loyalties, but it has a growing movement in favor of a centralized, impersonal state. As David Friedman remarked about this story, Anderson plays fair with his conflicting forces: both of them want the best for humanity, but one side is mistaken about what that is. This story is classic Anderson and, like many of his best stories, reveals his libertarian sympathies.
The other finalists for Best Novel were Hidden Empire, by Orson Scott Card (TOR Books); Makers, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books); Liberating Atlantis, by Harry Turtledove (ROC/Penguin Books); and The United States of Atlantis, by Harry Turtledove (ROC/Penguin Books). Eleven novels published in 2009 were nominated for the 2010 award.
The other finalists for the Hall of Fame award were "As Easy as A.B.C.," a story by Rudyard Kipling (1912); Cryptonomicon, a novel by Neal Stephenson (1999); and "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman," a story by Harlan Ellison (1965).
The LFS is announcing the winning works so that fans of the works and the writers can begin to make plans for attending the awards ceremonies. Anyone interested in more information about the awards ceremony or other LFS activities at Aussicon 4 can send email to email@example.com.
The Prometheus awards for Best Novel, Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame) and (occasional) Special awards honor outstanding science fiction/fantasy that explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human rights (including personal and economic liberty), dramatizes the perennial conflict between individuals and coercive governments, or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power--especially by the State.
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (lfs.org), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for each of the winners.
The Hall of Fame, established in 1983, focuses on older classic fiction, including novels, novellas, short stories, poems and plays. Past Hall of Fame award winners range from Robert Heinlein and Ayn Rand to Ray Bradbury and Ursula LeGuin.
Publishers who wish to submit novels published in 2009 for the 2010 Best Novel award should contact Michael Grossberg, Chair of the LFS Prometheus Awards Best Novel Finalist judging committee online at firstname.lastname@example.org or on paper at 3164 Plymouth Place, Columbus OH 43213.
Founded in 1982, the Libertarian Futurist Society sponsors the annual Prometheus Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame; publishes reviews, news and columns in the quarterly "Prometheus"; arranges annual awards ceremonies at the WorldCon; debates libertarian futurist issues (such as private space exploration); and provides fun and fellowship for libertarian SF fans.
A list of past winners of LFS awards can be found on the LFS web site at www.lfs.org.
For more information, contact LFS President Chris Hibbert (email@example.com).
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