WINTER STORM ERNEST CLINE
Tuesday, January 25th, 2017
That's author Ernest Cline sitting with George R.R. Martin in a DeLorean. It's like the photographer was concerned that Cline wouldn't come off as a super nerd, so he assembled the photo above. The only things you can't see are the Flux Capacitor and the ET doll that Cline has for his co-pilot.
Even if none of the above had ever actually existed, Ernest Cline would still be up to his neck in nerd cred, thanks to his wonderful book Ready Player One. It's one of my favorite books from the last five years, and some of the most fun I've had reading a book since I read Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy in High School. It's a book that rewards you for not only loving science fiction, but also for spending WAY too much time playing video games and watching movies. In Ready Player One the best way to be prepared is to have buried yourself in Pop Culture instead of going to parties and socializing. So basically, I'm prepared as hell.
Ready Player One takes place in the not-too-distant future, where wealth inequality is dramatic. The one place where everyone is equal is in The Oasis, a virtual world where people can work, go to school, shop, travel, and basically live a better life than they do in the real world. The creator of The Oasis is something of a folk hero, and when he dies it's global news. After he dies there's a puzzle left on his website, and the person that can solve all the parts of the puzzle gets control of The Oasis and the creator's multi-billion dollar fortune. What follows is an amazing pop culture fueled adventure that has been called "Willy Wonka meets The Matrix", and for good reason.
If there's a chance that you will be spending your free time during Winter Storm Ernest Cline playing video games and watching movies, then Ready Player One is definitely a book you will love. I'd also suggest watching the documentary Atari: Game Over, which features Cline, his DeLorean, George R.R. Martin, and loads of video game history. HERE IT IS NOW!
Enjoy your snow day!