Since the introduction of philosophy, people have wondered whether our lives are own to control or if they are already predetermined by a higher being. Even though there is no concise answer to this question, writers, scientists, interviewers and philosophers have contributed their ideas to this debate through their own respective works. Some of the works that reflect people’s lives as predetermined fates are Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, and Studs Trekel’s Working. Dashiell Hammett’s protagonist, the continental op, has the ability to leave the town after completing his initial task, but he ends up staying and taking another job due to his surroundings. Kurt Vonnegut’s religion creator, Bokonon, saw the harsh truth of predetermined lives and so he created Bokononism to counter the predetermined fate with purposeful lies. Even though Neal Stephenson’s (no comma) protagonist, Hiro, is left poor compared to his fellow Blacksun creators because of his intrinsic need for knowledge, Hiro is rich in knowledge and is destined to be a hero. Roberta Victor, the call girl, from Trekel’s Working, is a victim of her surroundings, since her initial path of independence led her to a path of drug dependence. That in turn sealed her fate as a streetwalker, who was in a constant search for any dope hookup that she could afford. Pico Della Mirandola, a philosopher, believed contrary to the those beliefs in his Oration On the Dignity Of Man, since he believed that “the Father gave the seeds of every kind and every way of life possible” and that “each man [who] sows and cultivates will grow and bear him their proper fruit.” However, after looking through these works of Hammett, Vonnegut, Stephenson, and Trekel, would Pico agree that we are the controllers of our own fate or if we are being controlled by our surroundings?