Spend your lazy-ass Labor Day thumbing through the world's first retro sci-fi novel: Fanboys writer and local DeLorean owner Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, which chronicles a nightmarish 2044 where millions obsess over a Second Life-ish utopia called OASIS which promises a fortune to the player able to parse through the pop-culture clues left by the game's deceased creator, who was obsessed with an entirely different dystopia -- the 1980s. Just some of the nostalgic riffing you'll encounter:
Tonight BookPeople hosts a reading by Cline that will feature '80s games and a vodka-fueled recreation of the book's Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, which should make your First Life seem like much more of an OASIS.
Published: August 23, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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