Third Sci-Fi Novel Coming From Ready Player One Author Ernie Cline

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Author Ernie Cline is having a good summer. He released his second novel, Armada, and found out none other than Steven Spielberg is adapting his first novel, Ready Player One, for the big screen. Now he’s signed a massive deal to write a third novel.


Multiple outlets confirm Cline has signed a seven-figure deal to write a new sci-fi novel for Crown Publishing. What it’s about? We don’t know. Just that it’s in the same genre as his first two books, both of which had massive movie deals made pretty quickly after the book deals. While there’s no movie deal yet for this one, most expect the pattern to follow suit.

Also worth noting, there’s the rumor of Cline working on some kind of Ready Player One sequel, which this may or may not be.


The Ready Player One movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, was just set for release December 15, 2017. Armada is set up at Universal but there hasn’t been movement on the film, though we think it’ll be a good one.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Is it going to be about a socially awkward nerd with daddy issues whose knowledge of arcane geekery (which the reader will be able to appreciate and pat him or herself on the back for knowing) (but will be spelled out in truly masturbatory pipe laying for everyone else who doesn’t know) is vital to saving the world?

Nailed it!