ₐ digital Ready Player One ₨ ePUB Author Ernest Cline ⃟

ₐ digital Ready Player One ₨ ePUB Author Ernest Cline ⃟ ₐ digital Ready Player One ₨ ePUB Author Ernest Cline ⃟ 0001I was jolted awake by the sound of gunfire in one of the neighboring stacks The shots were followed by a few minutes of muffled shouting and screaming, then silence.Gunfire wasnt uncommon in the stacks, but it still shook me up I knew I probably wouldnt be able to fall back asleep, so I decided to kill the remaining hours until dawn by brushing up on a few coin op classics Galaga, Defender, Asteroids These games were outdated digital dinosaurs that had become museum pieces long before I was born But I was a gunter, so I didnt think of them as quaint low res antiques To me, they were hallowed artifacts Pillars of the pantheon When I played the classics, I did so with a determined sort of reverence.I was curled up in an old sleeping bag in the corner of the trailers tiny laundry room, wedged into the gap between the wall and the dryer I wasnt welcome in my aunts room across the hall, which was fine by me I preferred to crash in the laundry room anyway It was warm, it afforded me a limited amount of privacy, and the wireless reception wasnt too bad And, as an added bonus, the room smelled like liquid detergent and fabric softener The rest of the trailer reeked of cat piss and abject poverty.Most of the time I slept in my hideout But the temperature had dropped below zero the past few nights, and as much as I hated staying at my aunts place, it still beat freezing to death.A total of fifteen people lived in my aunts trailer She slept in the smallest of its three bedrooms The Depperts lived in the bedroom adjacent to her, and the Millers occupied the large master bedroom at the end of the hall There were six of them, and they paid the largest share of the rent Our trailer wasnt as crowded as some of the other units in the stacks It was a double wide Plenty of room for everybody.I pulled out my laptop and powered it on It was a bulky, heavy beast, almost ten years old Id found it in a Dumpster behind the abandoned strip mall across the highway Id been able to coax it back to life by replacing its system memory and reloading the stone age operating system The processor was slower than a sloth by current standards, but it was fine for my needs The laptop served as my portable research library, video arcade, and home theater system Its hard drive was filled with old books, movies, TV show episodes, song files, and nearly every videogame made in the twentieth century.I booted up my emulator and selected Robotron 2084, one of my all time favorite games Id always loved its frenetic pace and brutal simplicity Robotron was all about instinct and reflexes Playing old videogames never failed to clear my mind and set me at ease If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button, and my worries would instantly slip away as my mind focused itself on the relentless pixelated onslaught on the screen in front of me There, inside the games two dimensional universe, life was simple Its just you against the machine Move with your left hand, shoot with your right, and try to stay alive as long as possible.I spent a few hours blasting through wave after wave of Brains, Spheroids, Quarks, and Hulks in my unending battle to Save the Last Human Family But eventually my fingers started to cramp up and I began to lose my rhythm When that happened at this level, things deteriorated quickly I burned through all of my extra lives in a matter of minutes, and my two least favorite words appeared on the screen game over.I shut down the emulator and began to browse through my video files Over the past five years, Id downloaded every single movie, TV show, and cartoon mentioned in Anoraks Almanac I still hadnt watched all of them yet, of course That would probably take decades.I selected an episode of Family Ties, an 80s sitcom about a middle class family living in central Ohio Id downloaded the show because it had been one of Hallidays favorites, and I figured there was a chance that some clue related to the Hunt might be hidden in one of the episodes Id become addicted to the show immediately, and had now watched all 180 episodes, multiple times I never seemed to get tired of them.Sitting alone in the dark, watching the show on my laptop, I always found myself imagining that I lived in that warm, well lit house, and that those smiling, understanding people were my family That there was nothing so wrong in the world that we couldnt sort it out by the end of a single half hour episode or maybe a two parter, if it was something really serious.My own home life had never even remotely resembled the one depicted in Family Ties, which was probably why I loved the show so much I was the only child of two teenagers, both refugees whod met in the stacks where Id grown up I dont remember my father When I was just a few months old, he was shot dead while looting a grocery store during a power blackout The only thing I really knew about him was that he loved comic books Id found several old flash drives in a box of his things, containing complete runs of The Amazing Spider Man, The X Men, and Green Lantern My mom once told me that my dad had given me an alliterative name, Wade Watts, because he thought it sounded like the secret identity of a superhero Like Peter Parker or Clark Kent Knowing that made me think he was must have been a cool guy, despite how hed died.My mother, Loretta, had raised me on her own Wed lived in a small RV in another part of the stacks She had two full time OASIS jobs, one as a telemarketer, the other as an escort in an online brothel She used to make me wear earplugs at night so I wouldnt hear her in the next room, talking dirty to tricks in other time zones But the earplugs didnt work very well, so I would watch old movies instead, with the volume turned way up.I was introduced to the OASIS at an early age, because my mother used it as a virtual babysitter As soon as I was old enough to wear a visor and a pair of haptic gloves, my mom helped me create my first OASIS avatar Then she stuck me in a corner and went back to work, leaving me to explore an entirely new world, very different from the one Id known up until then.From that moment on, I was or less raised by the OASISs interactive educational programs, which any kid could access for free I spent a big chunk of my childhood hanging out in a virtual reality simulation of Sesame Street, singing songs with friendly Muppets and playing interactive games that taught me how to walk, talk, add, subtract, read, write, and share Once Id mastered those skills, it didnt take me long to discover that the OASIS was also the worlds biggest public library, where even a penniless kid like me had access to every book ever written, every song ever recorded, and every movie, television show, videogame, and piece of artwork ever created The collected knowledge, art, and amusements of all human civilization were there, waiting for me But gaining access to all of that information turned out to be something of a mixed blessing Because that was when I found out the truth.I dont know, maybe your experience differed from mine For me, growing up as a human being on the planet Earth in the twenty first century was a real kick in the teeth Existentially speaking.The worst thing about being a kid was that no one told me the truth about my situation In fact, they did the exact opposite And, of course, I believed them, because I was just a kid and I didnt know any better I mean, Christ, my brain hadnt even grown to full size yet, so how could I be expected to know when the adults were bullshitting me So I swallowed all of the dark ages nonsense they fed me Some time passed I grew up a little, and I gradually began to figure out that pretty much everyone had been lying to me about pretty much everything since the moment I emerged from my mothers womb.This was an alarming revelation.It gave me trust issues later in life.I started to figure out the ugly truth as soon as I began to explore the free OASIS libraries The facts were right there waiting for me, hidden in old books written by people who werent afraid to be honest Artists and scientists and philosophers and poets, many of them long dead As I read the words theyd left behind, I finally began to get a grip on the situation My situation Our situation What most people referred to as the human condition.It was not good news.I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to understand it I wish someone had just said Heres the deal, Wade Youre something called a human being Thats a really smart kind of animal Like every other animal on this planet, were descended from a single celled organism that lived millions of years ago This happened by a process called evolution, and youll learn about it later But trust me, thats really how we all got here Theres 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 to one another for thousands of years We made it all up Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.Oh, and by the way theres no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny Also bullshit Sorry, kid Deal with it.Youre probably wondering what happened before you got here An awful lot of stuff, actually Once we evolved into humans, things got pretty interesting We figured out how to grow food and domesticate animals so we didnt have to spend all of our time hunting Our tribes got much bigger, and we spread across the entire planet like an unstoppable virus Then, after fighting a bunch of wars with each other over land, resources, and our made up gods, we eventually got all of our tribes organized into a global civilization But, honestly, it wasnt all that organized, or civilized, and we continued to fight a lot of wars with each other But we also figured out how to do science, which helped us develop technology For a bunch of hairless apes, weve actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things Computers Medicine Lasers Microwave ovens Artificial hearts Atomic bombs We even sent a few guys to the moon and brought them back We also created a global communications network that lets us all talk to each other, all around the world, all the time Pretty impressive, right But thats where the bad news comes in Our global civilization came at a huge cost We needed a whole bunch of energy to build it, and we got that energy by burning fossil fuels, which came from dead plants and animals buried deep in the ground We used up most of this fuel before you got here, and now its pretty much all gone This means that we no longer have enough energy to keep our civilization running like it was before So weve had to cut back Big time We call this the Global Energy Crisis, and its been going on for a while now.Also, it turns out that burning all of those fossil fuels had some nasty side effects, like raising the temperature of our planet and screwing up the environment So now the polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and the weather is all messed up Plants and animals are dying off in record numbers, and lots of people are starving and homeless And were still fighting wars with each other, mostly over the few resources we have left.Basically, kid, what this all means is that life is a lot tougher than it used to be, in the Good Old Days, back before you were born Things used to be awesome, but now theyre kinda terrifying To be honest, the future doesnt look too bright You were born at a pretty crappy time in history And it looks like things are only gonna get worse from here on out Human civilization is in decline Some people even say its collapsing.Youre probably wondering whats going to happen to you Thats easy The same thing is going to happen to you that has happened to every other human being who has ever lived Youre going to die We all die Thats just how it is.What happens when you die Well, were not completely sure But the evidence seems to suggest that nothing happens Youre just dead, your brain stops working, and then youre not around to ask annoying questions any Those stories you heard About going to a wonderful place called heaven where there is no pain or death and you live forever in a state of perpetual happiness Also total bullshit Just like all that God stuff Theres no evidence of a heaven and there never was We made that up too Wishful thinking So now you have to live the rest of your life knowing youre going to die someday and disappear forever.Sorry.OK, on second thought, maybe honesty isnt the best policy after all Maybe it isnt a good idea to tell a newly arrived human being that hes been born into a world of chaos, pain, and poverty just in time to watch everything fall to pieces I discovered all of that gradually over several years, and it still made me feel like jumping off a bridge.Luckily, I had access to the OASIS, which was like having an escape hatch into a better reality The OASIS kept me sane It was my playground and my preschool, a magical place where anything was possible.The OASIS is the setting of all my happiest childhood memories When my mom didnt have to work, we would log in at the same time and play games or go on interactive storybook adventures together She used to have to force me to log out every night, because I never wanted to return to the real world Because the real world sucked.I never blamed my mom for the way things were She was a victim of fate and cruel circumstance, like everyone else Her generation had it the hardest Shed been born into a world of plenty, then had to watch it all slowly vanish More than anything, I remember feeling sorry for her She was depressed all the time, and taking drugs seemed to be the only thing she truly enjoyed Of course, they were what eventually killed her When I was eleven years old, she shot a bad batch of something into her arm and died on our ratty fold out sofa bed while listening to music on an old mp3 player Id repaired and given to her the previous Christmas.The science fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a nerdgasm and there can be no better one word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy cultureBut Mr Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative.Janet Maslin, The New York Times Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation Cline crafts a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles A Entertainment WeeklyA most excellent ridethe conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for the heroes on their questfully satisfying Boston GlobeEnchanting Willy Wonka meets the Matrix This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now But you don t have to be a geek to get it USA Today Ridiculously fun and large hearted, and you don t have to remember the Reagan administration to love it Cline takes a far out premise and engages the reader instantlyYou ll wish you could make it go on and on.NPR.orgA fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novelThis novel s large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight but even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast Cleveland Plain DealerThe grown up s Harry Potterthe mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr Cline s world are simply astounding.READY PLAYER ONEhas it all Huffington PostIncredibly entertainingDrawing on everything from Back to the Future to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson s groundbreaking Snow Crash, Cline has madeREADY PLAYER ONEa geek fantasia, 80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once Austin American Statesman READY PLAYER ONEis the ultimate lottery ticket New York Daily News This non gamer loved every page of READY PLAYER ONE Charlaine Harris, 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse seriesA treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century But its also a great read for anyone who likes a good book.Wired.com Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut Daily Mail UK A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you re pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed I haven t been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years Chicago ReaderA rollicking, surprise laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story I loved every sentence of this bookMark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing A frakking good read featuring incredible creative detailI grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline s imagination Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A fantastic page turner.READY PLAYER ONEmay be science fiction, but it s also written for people who have never picked up an SF novel in their lives Annalee Newitz, io9.com Fascinating and imaginativeIt s non stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one Readers are in for a wild ride Terry Brooks, 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara seriesI was blown away by this bookA book of ideas, a potboiler, a game within a novel, a serious science fiction epic, a comic pop culture mash upcall this novel what you will, but READY PLAYER ONE will defy every label you try to put on it Here, finally, is this generations Neuromancer.Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of DominanceI really, really loved READY PLAYER ONECline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light speed adventure in an advanced but backward looking future Daniel H Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of RobopocalypseA nerdgasmimagine Dungeons and Dragons and an 80s video arcade made hot, sweet love, and their child was raised in Azeroth.John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Mans WarCompletely fricking awesomeThis book pleased every geeky bone in my geeky body I felt like it was written just for me.Patrick Rothfuss, 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Mans FearAn exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet natured cyber quest Clines imaginative and rollicking coming of age geek saga has a smash hit vibe Booklist, starred review This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans sweet, self deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable unlikely hero Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week Ready Player One IMDb In the year , real world is a harsh place The only time Wade Watts Tye Sheridan truly feels alive when he escapes to OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days Wikipedia Ready science fiction novel, and debut novel American author Ernest Cline story, set in dystopia follows protagonist on his search for Easter egg worldwide reality game, discovery which will lead him inherit game creator s fortune Official Movie Site On Digital Visa Signature premium consumer payment card bringing cardholders benefits, perks special access addition points, miles, cash back or other rewards offered by partners Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus sweetly nostalgic thrill ride that neatly encapsulates Spielberg strengths while adding another solidly film adventure produced directed Steven Spielberg, written Zak Penn Cline, based same name stars Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance BD Blu ray Adam movie version has basic premise, 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    • Ready Player One
    • 1.4
    • 82
    • Format Kindle
    • 030788743X
    • Ernest Cline
    • Anglais
    • 01 March 2017

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