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AICwHK: Episode 11: READY PLAYER ONE author Ernest Cline Unleashes Awesome

Hey folks, Harry here...

This episode I remember Ray Bradbury, Ernie Cline joines me to discuss SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and Truffaut & Frank Darabont's FAHRENHEIT 451 adaptations.   

Ernie tells us how to win one of his DeLoreans, in what amounts to the coolest geek game ever hatched by a maniacally awesome geek. I can't believe that Cline has his own Atari 2600 cartridge.   That's obscenely awesome.   Ernie's book is hitting paperbacks and they're available just about everywhere right now.   If you haven't read READY PLAYER ONE, I highly recommend it.   It's a wonderful world to visit.  




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  • June 14, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Craig

    $9.99 for the Kindle version just doesn't seem right. Sweet spot for me is $7.99 and if books were $5.99 I'd read a lot more.

  • June 14, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Fanboys is one of the worst films of the last decade.

    by john

  • June 14, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    first time watcher here

    by gerry derboven

    Wow, Harry, those are some nice production values! That's fun viewing right there, i'll be sure to check back for future episodes. And oh yeah, Fanboys was a dissapointment.

  • June 14, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    These are great

    by indiebum

    But that sad dopey music creeps me out against Harry's creepy talking. Creepy.

  • I was over the overuse of pop cultural references after the early career of Quentin Tarantino. Don't get me wrong, it can be great in small doses, but this just sounds like one giant postmodern clusterfuck.

  • June 14, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Ready Player One

    by End_Of_Line

    This was a really fun read. The references are used pretty ingeniously, and I've turned on quite a few to it. Great to hear there may be more in the series. Now, can someone please get Gene Wilder out of retirement to play Halliday for the movie!!? Keep it up, Harry. Great episode, and the proton pack looked fantastic!

  • June 14, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Liked Ready Player One

    by John Brown

    But didn't love it. The references were fun, and the plot enjoyable, but it didn't translate into something magical. It's "Back to the Future Part II," not "Back to the Future." Have to agree with the thought that the music bed underneath Harry's reminiscing about Bradbury just doesn't work. Great ep, though. Harry's in his element with this thing.

  • June 14, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Ready Player One

    by phifty2

    It was a good read. My biggest gripe was the reveal that his best friend(aight or something) turned out to be a black lesbian. Now I', not saying there aren't a lot of those out there but it just seemed too unrealistic and put in there just for the sake of novelty and artificial character diversity. I mean what are the odds? How many of you on this site are black, lesbian, gamers and have an obsession with everything 80's? Still the book was pretty cool and drew from a lot of genres making it a pastiche fantasy for geek culture. And it does set up a Ready Player Two.

  • June 14, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    by 3rdrate

    Did you buy the recent EC archive releases in full color? Highly recommended so you don't have to open those old issues.

  • June 14, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    best one yet

    by purplemonkeydw

    great book too

  • June 14, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

  • June 14, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Sicophants... PUCKER UP.

    by greigy just wanted to say

  • June 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by atlatl

    The book is set 30 years from now and from what I remember, it says that every kid and adult is hooked into the Oasis, which basically replaces the internet, so everybody uses it. It also says that kids obsessed with the Oasis were also obsessed with the 80s because its creator, who became the most famous and richest person in history grew up in the 80s. While fat black lesbians are rare I guess and by today's standards difficult to find in geek culture, I'm sure there's plenty in virtual world populated by billions 30 years from now.

  • June 14, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    So RPO is a geek culture version of Riverworld or Number of the Beast?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    I could get into that..

  • June 14, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Fanboys was great. Watched the Blu again last week.

    by Quake II

    One thing I've learned about REAL geeks is that they hate anything that spoofs them or even pays tribute to them in any way. That's why Fanboys, Kevin Smith and even Big Bang Theory get slammed on these boards daily. Geeks have no sense of humor. Skaters are the same way. Grind is fucking hilarious, well-written movie that is HATED by the skate community. I'll probably watch Fanboys again tonight as it puts me in a great mood. Grandmas Boy is another geek classic.

  • June 14, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Harry stop talking to us like we're children

    by sunwukong86

    its hurting your show

  • June 14, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Harry n Cline

    by klytusnotdead

    Just wow, unfortunately I'm still looking for the 1st clueI feel like I-r0k.

  • I distinctly remember one year at BNAT when one of the goodie bag swag toys was an Atari 2600 Flashback machine. That was so AWESOME that I get mine out and play it still on occasion. I just beat "Haunted House II" last year! I remember that the word on the street was that there was going to be a "Pitfall Harry Knowles" game included. When that didn't suraface at BNAT, I remember hearing that the game would either be available as a download or as a cartridge later in the year. I never heard anything after that. Was the whole story an urban legend? It would be so amazing to play "Pitfall Harry Knowles," not knowing if Harry's weight would break the vines while swinging over the pits or squashing the alligators instead of bouncing on their heads. This game SHOULD be a reality.

  • June 14, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The music was spot on -- but TOO LOUD.

    by Sprell

  • June 14, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The wrong person is going to win that DeLorean

    by DrGogol

    Because it won't be me. Man, I wish I was good at something so I'd have the money to buy my own. Having seen Back to the Future over fifty times isn't a marketable resume bulletpoint, unfortunately.

  • June 14, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    The first 10 minutes were outstanding

    by Heartland

    A very nice tribute to Ray Bradbury. He will be remembered long after we leave this earth. And my favorite film adaptation is Something Wicked This Way Comes, too.

  • -- other then the sometimes crappy characterizations and dialogue. It is because it is so bleak. Very bleak. The fact that it has only made 65 mil proves that it is perhaps too bleak for most. It really has some intense sci-fi elements and I look forward to watching it again on disc, but do not look forward to some of the performances. As expected it is the antithesis of AVATAR. It should be commended on several levels. It's a near masterpiece. A far-masterpiece?

  • June 14, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Terrible Book

    by Prior Walter

    Such geek wanking. Cringe-worthy. Especially the ridiculous, completely unbelievable "love" story. Take a Pass and read John Dies At The End instead.

  • June 14, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I feel bad now

    by Prior Walter

    It just wasn't for me. I'll say that.

  • June 15, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Playing his Atari game on Stella. Really well made.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • June 15, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Read the book,

    by FoxyLoxy

    or go here for the first gate:

  • Sonofabitch was distracting me the whole time.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:48 a.m. CST

    People always say to write what you know, and what I know are the '80s

    by throatwarbler_mangrove

    "People always say to write what you know, and what I know are the '80s," Cline said. "I was born in 1972, so this was the decade that really formed me. And I'm a huge geek anyway, so it was a lot of fun to be able to incorporate all these things that I know and remember into this story." No you don't. I was born in '73, so was in elementary school up until '85. You aren't aware of what's really going on until you are into your teens. You were in a child mindset for the first half.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by Galilee

    Stop doing this show. It is horrible. Nerds and geeks have been experiencing a deserved retribution, and you are killing it with your ego. "I, Harry, know everything there is to know and that is what I am going to talk about for the whole show." "Here is a guest... How much do I know and how little do you?" "I don't care, back to me!!"

  • June 16, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by thomskis

    Oh greigy, do fuck off.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I've always wondered who THAT GUY was, the one who hit the thumbs down on things that do NOT suck. Without even watching. OUTED!

  • June 16, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Great one again, Harry. And Guest Suggestion...

    by gotilk

    You should get Neil deGrasse Tyson, since he'll be hosting the new Cosmos. Great episode, AGAIN Harry. Keep it up! Any time you can have Ernie on, you'll have a great show.

  • June 16, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Thanks Harry, I actually look forward to these episodes now

    by DementedCaver

    ...and a new 2600 game...really?

  • June 18, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    New homebrew 2600 games are made every so often.

    by throatwarbler_mangrove

  • June 18, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Darabont Farenheit 451 script...

    by Elliot Scozzola


  • June 18, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Father Geek's fingernails scare me

    by Fart_Master_Flex

  • June 18, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Father Geek used to sell comics. I've seen comics

    by throatwarbler_mangrove

    graders wear long fingernails as it makes it easier to sort through longboxes.

  • June 19, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Read it and while I liked, it felt like...

    by tangcameo felt like a fanboy/geek's justification of how they spent their childhood. It will appeal to us who went through that 80s era but to anyone younger it will be like their grandpa telling another "when I was your age" story and to anyone older, just a reminder of those kids who spent the 80s in their parents basements glued to the TV or out at the arcade, blowing allowance after allowance on Donkey Kong. There were parts of the book that could have referenced the 70s or the 90s just as, or even more, easily but those eras were completely ignored (except for a 00s reference to LOTR movies). And the fact that kids/adults fifty years from now are wrapped up in the pop culture from their grandparents and appear to have none of their own (i'm sure pop culture will survive post-oil and post-apocalypse times) made the characters a bit sad and pathetic, or maybe the author for thinking it would be so 50+ years from his childhood. Trust me, we'll be a relevant in that future time as Grandpa and his dirty 30s stories were when we were too busy trying to get the high score in Vanguard on our Ataris.