Monday, June 11, 2012

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Kudos to Mr. Cline on an absolutely wonderful, genre-busting novel.    The concept is a future where things are bleak, everyone engages in an online virtual experience, and online geeks are motivated by a contest spanning years that awards extraordinary wealth to whomever can solve a puzzle hidden in cyber space.

If this sounds to you like Mr. Cline is the Neal Stephenson of his time, and in his first novel no less, well that's probably close.    Not to go overboard:  what Mr. Stephenson uses as background in science, mathematics and cryptography corresponds to 1980's references to music, TV shows and especially video games!    So Mr. Cline still has a ways to go...

Thank you to the blog reader who pointed me to this novel in a recent comment!

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