Player One by Douglas Coupland
What Is to Become of Us (CBC Massey Lecture)

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International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers a real-time, five-hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster. Five disparate people are trapped inside: Karen, a single mother waiting for her online date; Rick, the down-on-his-luck airport lounge bartender; Luke, a pastor on the run; Rachel, a cool Hitchcock blonde incapable of true human contact; and finally a mysterious voice known as Player One. Slowly, each reveals the truth about themselves while the world as they know it comes to an end.
In the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and J. G. Ballard, Coupland explores the modern crises of time, human identity, society, religion, and the afterlife. The book asks as many questions as it answers, and readers will leave the story with no doubt that we are in a new phase of existence as a species — and that there is no turning back.
 

About Douglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
 
Published October 1, 2010 by House of Anansi Press. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In Coupland's real-time near-apocalyptic novel, a recovering alcoholic, a divorcée, a church-fund embezzler, a beautiful android-like woman, and a man who is distinguished by his prickly demeanor conv

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The Telegraph

Four characters converge on a cocktail bar in a .

Sep 17 2010 | Read Full Review of Player One: What Is to Become...

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The book had an unusual .

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Pajiba

I think that had Coupland had more time to flesh out the characters and plot, the book would have been much stronger.

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Metro

Book review: Player One by Douglas Coupland improves on the author’s previous work but it feels like this major talent is in standby mode.

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