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Player One

Written by Douglas Coupland

Series Title: CBC Massey Lectures

  • 256 Pages
  • 9780887842801
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Suspense



Publication Date September 25, 2010

In his 2010 CBC Massey Lectures acclaimed novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland explores the modern crises of time, human identity, society, religion and macroeconomics and the afterlife in the form of a novel, a 5-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.

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.


Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland is the international bestselling author of Generation X, and eleven other novels, including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic, and Generation A, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His nonfiction books include Polaroids from the Dead, Terry: The Life of Terry Fox, and Souvenir of Canada. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages and published in many countries around the world. He is also a visual artist and sculptor, furniture designer and screenwriter. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.


"The way Coupland moulds his fiction from the throwaway debris of North American popular culture is quite brilliant..." The Guardian

"As always with Coupland, the ideas come thick and fast, they're quirky, often funny and frequently profound..." Daily Mail

"packed full of ideas and always a joy to follow..." Big Issue Scotland

"Douglas Coupland takes readers on a captivating ride..." Winnipeg Free Press

"...there is an odd tenderness to this novel, and it has to do with recapturing the sense of life as a story in a world of information overload and non-linear narratives." The Guardian

"...this is a superior read for those who want the latest thoughts from a nimble, complex author who thinks about this kind of stuff all the time." The Tampa Tribune

" ease with the language of modernity that contemporary Great North American Novelists should envy... his Eeyorish pessimism, left-field humour and admirable ability to enunciate all of our halfformed thoughts raise this from a sterile dissertation on why modern life is rubbish into the realms of really great fiction." Independent

"As Player One haunts the pages of this book, the ideas and inferences you read will haunt your mind every time you indulge in a modern day convenience, such as filling a vehicle up with gas, making this book a worthy read." The Silo