Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, is actually a dystopian work that peers into a not-too-distant future to see the Industrial Revolution run amok. Literally everything has become mechanized, leaving no use for the labor workforce which used to do those jobs. This corruption of the point of machines naturally brings the have-nots into conflict with the have-everythings who no longer have to give their precious profits away to ungrateful unskilled workers. Inside every dystopian novel is a kernel of nostalgia for the way thing used to be; in Player Piano that kernel is larger than usual.
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