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New Author Spotlight: Ernest Cline

New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with 3 books or less in the different SF/F subgenres.

Today’s spotlight shines on Ernest Cline.

Ernest Cline’s first novel is Ready Player One.

Here’s the cover copy…

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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4 Comments on New Author Spotlight: Ernest Cline

  1. Dan Geiser // October 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm //

    I read this book (actually listened to the Wil Wheaton-narrated audiobook) and enjoyed the crap out of it.

  2. I’ve been hearing it’s a great book from a lot of people.  I find it interesting how many video game virtual world novels have come out recently.  Is this the new dystopian fiction?

  3. I also listened to the Wil Wheaton audiobook and loved every minute of it!  All of the 80’s references brought me back to my teenage years.  Highly recommended, even for a girl who only played pac man and centipede back then.   Alot of the virtual world economic stuff reminded me of Daniel Suarez’s two books, taken to the next level, evil corporation adapting to take over the virtual economy as well.

  4. This is quite possibly the greatest novel ever written.

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