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The Players

By: Everett B. Cole
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The Players" is a science fiction short story written by American author Everett B. Cole. The story of this book provides a thought-provoking examination of human nature and the impact of scientific experiments. The narrative is set in the distant future and revolves around an advanced civilization that has perfected the skill of manufacturing extremely realistic, android-like robots known as "players." These machines are so realistic that they can pass for humans, replete with emotions and personalities. The participants serve as props in a sophisticated game in which wealthy individuals manage their lives like puppets, playing with their emotions and experiences. The narrative revolves around Jason Tabor, a powerful and wealthy man who becomes enamored by a particular player named Linda. However, as he gets lost in the game, he starts to question the ethics of treating these created beings as simple toys. This creates an ethical quandary, forcing Tabor to confront the consequences of his actions. "The Players" by Everett B. Cole is a cautionary tale about the ethical limits of scientific discovery and the implications of dehumanizing technology. It calls into question the nature of consciousness, empathy, and the responsibilities that come with superior technical skills.

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Everett B. Cole

Everett B. Cole (1910-2001) was a professional soldier and a writer of science fiction short tales. He fought at Omaha Beach during WWII and retired in 1960 as a signal maintenance and property officer at Fort Douglas, Utah. He earned a bachelor's degree in math and physics and went on to teach math, physics, and chemistry at Yorktown High School in Texas. In 1951, his debut science fiction story, "Philosophical Corps," appeared in the journal Astounding. Gnome Press published The Philosophical Corps, a reworked version of the story and two others, in 1962. The Best Made Plans, a second novel, was serialized in Astounding in 1959 but never released as a book. He also co-wrote two volumes about the history of south Texas.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 52Pages
  • ISBN-10:9359329479
  • ISBN-13:9789359329475
  • Item Weight: 78g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 3.38mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Thrillers / General