How awesome was Ready Player One?
The answer is something inbetween the awesomest possible thing and Highlander! TRON! War Games! OH MY GOD.
Ernest Cline, in a blog post from 2012, says very little about the plot of his next book, Armada. What he does say is,
[…] if you enjoyed Ready Player One, I strongly suspect that you’ll enjoy Armada, too.
Over on Goodreads, the expected publication appears to be sometime in 2015, which is a pretty long timespan for a waiting on-post, but it doesn’t make it any less true – I’m waiting hard. Goodreads offers the following description:
Zack Lightman is daydreaming through another dull math class when the high-tech dropship lands in his school’s courtyard-and when the men in the dark suits and sunglasses leap out of the ship and start calling his name, he’s sure he’s still dreaming.
But the dream is all too real; the people of Earth need him. As Zack soon discovers, the videogame he’s been playing obsessively for years isn’t just a game; it’s part of a massive, top-secret government training program, designed to teach gamers the skills they’ll need to defend Earth from a possible alien invasion. And now…that invasion is coming.
As he and his companions prepare to enter their ships and do battle, Zack learns that the father he thought was dead is actually a key player in this secret war. And together with his father, he’ll uncover the truth about the alien threat, race to prevent a genocide, and discover a mysterious third player in the interplanetary chess game he’s been thrown into.
I think my weakness for gamer nerds and Ender Wiggin-ish spoofs and crazy eighties things is becoming a problem. Probably a problem. Wait, where’s my corduroy ensemble? I wish I had a corduroy ensemble.
Hello again, John Scalzi. It’s me, yes, individual #328955359 who enjoyed your Old Man’s War books. I wasn’t crazy about award-winning Redshirts, but I had fun with Agent to the stars and Fuzzy nation. I treasure anything that makes me giggle, so I pay attention. Apparently, your upcoming book is set to push even more of my buttons.
I mean. This is the blurb:
Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.
A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.
But “complicated” doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery – and the real crime – is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected.
Virus! Terrible epidemic! Borrowing bodies! Even bigger than imagined! If you’re not already imagining me rocking back and forth, hugging my knees, making a keening noise of appreciative anticipation, you may do so. Please, add a cat to the picture. Add five cats. Lock in is pre-ordered and will arrive in my hands on the 26th of August.
Here’s a bunch of exerpts and the short story Unlocked: An oral history of Haden’s syndrome.
I’m trying out some common bookblogsy post types, like “Waiting on Wednesday”, for telling you about books I’m impatiently waiting for. Here goes.
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes will be released, according to my Amazon wishlist, on July 31st. (Another source says Sep 16, which is probably a sad thing for someone in some other location. I’m in Norway and had to wait a long time to get my cold, mechanical hands on some of Beukes’ previous titles, so ok shut up.)
(There was a paragraph here full of purple prose about the unbelieveable cool that is Lauren Beukes, but it flipped the Awkwardness switch, so uh anyway.)
Here’s the published description of Broken Monsters:
A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes’s new genre-bending novel of suspense.
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?
If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
It’s been on the Fat Wishlist for months already.