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  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781446409312
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Player One

From the bestselling author of Jpod, Generation X and Generation A comes a dystopian Breakfast Club for the twenty-first century.

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.

  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781446409312
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland (pronounced KOHP-lend) (born 30 December 1961) is a Canadian writer, designer and visual artist. His first novel was the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Since then, Coupland has written twelve more novels, which have been published in most languages. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a columnist for the Financial Times. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, e-flux, Dis and Vice. In 2000, after a decade of generating web graphics, Coupland amplified his visual art production and has recently had two separate museum retrospectives: 'Everywhere Is Anywhere Is Anything Is Everything' at the Royal Vancouver Art Gallery, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art; and 'Bit Rot' at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and Villa Stuck in Munich. In 2015 and 2016, Coupland was an artist-in-residence in the Paris Google Cultural Institute.

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Praise for Player One

A tense, utterly compelling story.

The Times

Enjoyable...The way Coupland moulds his fiction from the throwaway debris of North American popular culture is quite brilliant...Coupland has always been a highly compassionate writer, concerned mainly with the ways in which affluent people's lives are cheapened by popular culture.

Scarlett Thomas, Guardian

The pulse quickens as his principal characters hunker down for some besieged truth-telling...Dynamic engagement is the real meat of this slim but provocative novel.


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

Daily Mail

As an observer with a knack of coining memorable phrases he is as sharp as ever...Coupland's gift from comedy is evident in the combination of bathos and farce...Shows Coupland as a first-rate thinker on what technology in its present form does, and might do, to consciousness, identity and individuality.

Times Literary Supplement

A work of genius.

Independent on Sunday

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