Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Many of us have had the pleasure of reading Slaughterhouse-Five for school, but Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel Player Piano seems like it would be an even better point of study. It is a little rough on the edges, as first books tend to be, but Vonnegut shows his trademark wit and keen sense of humor early on. He imagines a near-future world where the only careers left are repairmen, as every menial task humanity has ever done has become a job for robots. Sound familiar? Try reading Player Piano and not thinking about it every time you go to the grocery store and use the self-check-out.