Science Fiction | June 2012 | Broadway Books | 400 pages
A nerdly smorgasbord of pop culture references from the 80’s and 90’s, Ready Player One is a heady view of a future of Virtual Reality in a dystopic world ruled by mega-corporations ready to kill to defend their bottom line. And only a lone hero, deft and adept as his Avatar, obese and socially inept in his own skin, can stave off a push for corporate dominance that threatens the freedom of the world that he loves.
Geeky to the extreme, the book was a joy, the battles tremendous, and heart-warming as our hero discovers love and steps out of the self-made shell to experience real life and friendship.
Where else can you become Ultraman, towering over a hundred feet in the air, play Pac-Man, and relive old TV serials?
My only real complaint is sometimes the story gets bogged down in needless fandom detail. But some may say this is just one more fantastic tidbit.
If you love computers, VR, and played any of the old videogames, Ready Player One is a great ride.
Word of the Day: Haptic
And perhaps you shouldn’t listen to me, maybe you should just check out the Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie. Yeah…Spielberg. I’m kind of excited.