I give a lot of space to the writings of Ernest Cline and there is a good reason for it. In my opinion, he is a great contemporary writer. He takes the time of my youth, my formative years, and brings them to life again, partially aided by the voice talents of Wil Wheaton.
For the last few months, Ready Player One and Armada have been my go to’s for my daily commute.
Armada – Another great piece. Directly borrowing fro ’80’s and ’90’s classics like ‘The Last Starfighter’, ‘Iron Eagle’, and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ so obviously that the irony of the situation is not lost on the characters as they joke about it in the face of an impending alien invasion.
“Shit!” I heard Diehl shout over the comm. “I just lost my gorram shields because I’m already out of frakkin’ power!”
“Dude,” Cruz said. “You shouldn’t mix swears from different universes.”
― Ernest Cline, Armada
Ready Player One – A dystopian tale of a teenage boy racing to win the greatest contest of his young life in a virtual world created by a Howard Hughes type who was obsessed with the ’80’s. While defeating the bad guys he learns what is important and true in life and love.
“Here’s the deal, Wade. You’re something called a ‘human being.’ That’s a really smart kind of animal. Like every other animal on this planet, we’re descended from a single-celled organism that lived millions of years ago. This happened by a process called evolution, and you’ll learn more about it But trust me, that’s really how we all got here. There’s proof of it everywhere, buried in the rocks. That story you heard? About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit. The whole God thing is actually an ancient fairy tale that people have been telling one another for thousands of years. We made it all up. Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. “Oh, and by the way … there’s no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny. Also bullshit. Sorry, kid. Deal with it.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline