Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Billboard: Ready Player One

For those of us who were not able to attend the AWESOME annual San Diego Comic Con, something to note...

Cline is already a beloved geek icon for directing the movie Fanboys, and for getting it into theaters after years of foot-dragging by the Weinsteins. But now his new novel Ready Player One was generating huge buzz at Comic Con.

His novel, set in a future where everybody lives in a virtual reality game world, perfectly captures the good side of geek culture.

Everybody was lining up to talk to him and play the joust game at his booth. He's already gotten a movie deal for the book, and he's just finished a screenplay for Warner Bros. He was already a geek hero, but now his rep is blowing up. -per article, The Biggest Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2011 by Charlie Jane Anders of io9


Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Release date: August 2011

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?


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  1. Ready Player One is going immediately on my want/wish/TBR list! Love the premise behind this - and have been a video game geek most of my life hehehe

  2. "Part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera" - Sounds exciting!

  3. I wanted to go to Comic Con so bad :(


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