If you keep up with most of us on Twitter or Facebook, you’re bound to know that most of us at Geeks Podcast have a borderline unhealthy obsession with the book Ready Player One and all that it entails. We have built arcade machines with the marquee branded with Ready Player One, we’ve done several give aways themed after the book, and now we’ve hit the pinnacle of our fandom; we met the author himself: Ernest Cline.
The other day, the Book Loft in Columbus had a special signing for Mr. Cline’s latest book release: Armada. This is not a sequel to Ready Player One, but rather a new series that he announced is planned to become a trilogy. During the event, Cline held a conference where he talked about his life and what brought about his success, his ideas and how dumbfounded he was to discover that the rights to Ready Player One‘s film adaptation were picked up by Steven Spielberg. He finished off the speech with a Q&A session where he revealed more about his life and plans when prompted.
Each of us had a great time, with different experiences and tales to share, but the one thing we can all agree on is the amazing speech that was delivered before the signing. So let me share with you some of our personal favorite mentions and moments!
When Emma and I first arrived to the signing, the place was packed.When the signing was originally announced, Kyle and Collin signed up to score number 007 and 008 in line where as the rest of us (minus Jason with 015) were placed in the back/middle of the line with 095, 105 and 106. Needless to say, there were a lot of people, something I was not expecting, but I’m glad to see how popular Ernest Cline has become.
Getting back to my story, the first thing that went down was Cline’s address to the audience and his story telling before the Q&A session. Emma and I were stuck inside listening through a glass window as the rest of the crew gazed upon him in the crowd of astonished fans. Cline talked about his past had a big influence on his writing; growing up in Ohio and being the huge geek of the 1980’s, he wanted to bring that light into life within his writing, which he did so very well I might say. One of the stories he told us was of his screen play writing of the movie Fan Boys which is a movie about a bunch of Star Wars fans breaking into Skywalker Ranch to steal the original copy of Episode One. As a huge fan of the Wars series himself, he was not sure that this would go over well but he said that Kevin Spacey looked at the script, picked up the phone and got George Lucas to give the green light to ‘break into’ his home on film. Another story he shared, which the first picture in the article illustrates, is when he bought his dream car, the DeLorean and was asked by George R. R. Martin to borrow the car for a theatre opening.
Amidst the fun stories and reminiscing of his childhood, Cline did share some good news with the crowd. First, as I mentioned before, Armada will become a trilogy and that a movie is already being written to produce in the future. Second, and my favorite piece of news, Ready Player Two is in the works! I was so excited to hear this, and judging by the cheering, so was everyone else!
I want to dedicate this article to Emma and my friend, John Williams, for introducing us to Ready Player One and thus in turn sharing it with the rest of Geeks Podcast.
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