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15 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels That Should Be Taught In Schools

By Matt Heckler Dec 10, 2013

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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.

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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