PlayerOne (What is to Become of Us)

Douglas Coupland


Book, 22.2 x 14.2 cm, 246 p., language : English, publisher : William Heinemann (The Random House Group Limited), London, ISBN : 978-0-434-02104-8.
Materials: Ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/696).

Literary synopsis

It's the end of an era: our era. What better place to watch the end of the world than the shabby Toronto Airport Camelot Hotel cocktail lounge? When oil prices suddenly rise to almost a thousand dollars a barrel, the power cuts out, the TV fades to static and planes stop taking off. No one can get a cellphone to work. While things explode, and toxic fallout drifts closer, we get to know Karen, a receptionist at a psychiatric clinic who has flown in to meet a guy from an internet chatroom; Luke, a small-town pastor who has just run off with $20,000 from the church renovation fund; Rachel, an impossibly beautiful young autistic woman who has bought a $3,400 Chanel dress in order to help find a man to father her child; and Rick, an ex-alcoholic bartender who wants to give everything he owns to a self-help guru with a bad fake tan.

-Scarlett Thomas

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Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Speculative Fiction.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Chance, Crisis, Games, Perception.

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