Ernie Cline Is Writing Another Ready Player One Novel

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We still don't know when Armada, Ernie Cline's next book, is coming out. But now we have something else to look forward to — he's writing a followup to his novel about people in a dark future who are obsessed with 80s video games, Ready Player One.

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Top image: Ready Player One movie promo artwork by Gordon Jones, via AICN

This news comes via screenwriter Zak Penn, who just finished his screenplay for the movie version of Cline's novel and handed it in to Warner Bros. Penn told Den of Geek that Cline is working on a sequel, adding that "it is one of those great ideas that has endless possibilities. And to a certain extent, the longer it exists and the more Ernie thinks about it, the more he comes up with."

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HighWiredSith
HighWiredSith

I read Ready Player One in literally a day. I could not put it down. I got the Wil Wheaton narrated audiobook a week later and have had Wesley Crusher read it to me at least twice now. The first time I finished the book my immediate thought was "Man, what a great book, I hope he doesn't ruin it by trying to turn this into a franchise." This is or I suppose now should have been, one of the great stand-alone SF books. Clever premise (I will refer to it as a "gimmick" from this point forward despite the negative connotation of the word, none of which I intend), tons of references that only a self-professed geek and child of the 80's could truly appreciate but like all new and great gimmicks, great novels (or films) that spring from them are like lightning in a bottle. The more you go back to your gimmick, the more gimmicky it becomes. I was looking forward to Cline's next novel, Armada. This, well, I shall remain skeptical until I have reason not to be.