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Player Piano

Player Piano

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Year Published: 1952

Description: The dystopian Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut takes place in a mechanized future society that has little need for human labor, resulting in a fractious relationship between those who keep things running—a small group of elite managers and engineers—and the vast majority, whose purpose has been marginalized and have few options aside from doing menial work in exchange for basic housing, medical care and education for their children. Vonnegut's first novel, it is often cited as one of the first literary portrayals of the potential pitfalls of increased automation.

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