The Employees

The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 01/10/2020
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The Employees
A Beckett-style Space Opera
Told in a series of statements compiled by an ever-present but mainly silent committee, The Employees is an eerie kind of space opera. The Six-Thousand shi... READ MORE
Jade Rose
The Employees
Phenomenal, unconvential sci-fi. A literary masterpiece
Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, Olga Ravn's first book to appear in English defies all expectations of what a novel should be, and what it ... READ MORE
Jack Kelly
The Employees
One of my favourite reads
I was recommended this book by a colleague and I am so glad I was. A story told through the interviews of the human and android crew mates. Who have been... READ MORE
Benjamin Finney


Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021 The near-distant future. Millions of kilometres from Earth. The crew of the Six-Thousand Ship consists of those who were born, and those who were made. Those who will die, and those who will not. When the ship takes on a number of strange objects from the planet New Discovery, the crew is perplexed to find itself becoming deeply attached to them, and human and humanoid employees alike start aching for the same things: warmth and intimacy. Loved ones who have passed. Shopping and child-rearing. Our shared, far-away Earth, which now only persists in memory. Gradually, the crew members come to see their work in a new light, and each employee is compelled to ask themselves whether they can carry on as before and what it means to be truly living. Structured as a series of witness statements compiled by a workplace commission, Ravn s crackling prose is as chilling as it is moving, as exhilarating as it is foreboding. Wracked by all kinds of longing, The Employees probes into what it means to be human, emotionally and ontologically, while simultaneously delivering an overdue critique of a life governed by work and the logic of productivity.

  • Publisher: Lolli Editions
  • ISBN: 9781999992880
  • Number of pages: 136
  • Weight: 150g
  • Dimensions: 180 x 120 x 12 mm

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The Employees
Better than the cover!
Never judge a book by its cover! This one is uninspiring, as is the title, frankly, but the writing itself is highly engaging. Set aboard a spaceship on w... READ MORE
Andrew Hammond