Ernest Cline's Blog

February 25, 2015


Good things come to those who wait. My second novel, ARMADA, finally has an official release date: July 14, 2015! I’ve been working on this book very hard for a very long time now, and I’m extremely excited that I’ll finally have the opportunity to share it with all of you this summer!

ARMADA is now available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller!

There’s more exciting news on the way. Stay tuned!

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Published on February 25, 2015 11:39 • 1,244 views

February 11, 2015


When I get crazy busy, my blog is always the first thing to be neglected, and after the Atari Graveyard Dig and Penguicon last year, my schedule during the remainder of 2014 was the busiest time of my life so far. In addition to completing my second novel and starting work on its screenplay adaptation, I also did a ton of traveling, primarily to speak at various colleges and universities who were kind enough to select Ready Player One as a common read for their school, like these:

University o...

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Published on February 11, 2015 20:52 • 713 views

May 1, 2014

My journey to the excavation of the fabled Atari Graveyard in Alamogordo last weekend was epic from start to finish. After I picked up my DeLorean from GRRM in Santa Fe and strapped my lifesize E.T. into the passenger seat, we both headed down to Roswell at 88mph. I stopped at this cheesy Roswell hotel for a photo op, but E.T. was so offended by the place he refused to even get out of the car.

We stopped at the Roswell Visitor’s Center, too, but we arrived just after closing time. Such a bumme...

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Published on May 01, 2014 12:01 • 454 views

April 23, 2014

This is me playing my Atari 2600 just after Christmas in 1982. I’m rocking two joysticks, bedhead, flannel, and some sweet homemade slippers. Go me.

I’m ten years old in this photo, and I’d been spot-welded to this Atari for most of the past four years. Slaying dragons, fighting off space invaders, and blasting my way through endless fields of asteroids, all from the comfort of my parents’ living room. I was part of the Atari generation, the very first generation of kids in human history to ha...

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Published on April 23, 2014 08:08 • 225 views

April 15, 2014

“Archaeology is the search for fact… not truth.

If it’s truth you’re looking for, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.”

-Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., PhD

I’m preparing for an epic road trip next weekend, April 25-27. A conquest for the ages. First, I’m going to fly from my home in Austin to Santa Fe, where I will steal back my DeLorean from George RR Martin, who is currently borrowing it (see my last blog post). Then I’m going to visit a few Fanboys homies and filming locations in ABQ,...

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Published on April 15, 2014 13:49 • 189 views

I own two DeLoreans. Again. The same two I owned before.

I’ve put off blogging about this convoluted tale as long as I could, but now it must be told. I think pictures will probably help…

Back in 2011, I bought my dream car ECTO88, a 1982 DMC-12. That’s us in the above photo. We’re illegally parked in front of Doc Brown’s house for one of my dream photo ops. Geek bucket list item achieved!

For the past three years, I’ve been modifying ECTO-88 to combine elements from my four favorite 80s super v...

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Published on April 15, 2014 11:50 • 210 views

Dig on these new RPO foreign editions covers:

Ready Player One – Israeli Edition

Ready Player One – Chinese Edition

Ready Player One – Bulgarian Edition

RPO was also selected by as this year’s One Book One Bluegrass reading series in central Kentucky, and they made this sweet poster to promote the event.

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Published on April 15, 2014 09:23 • 311 views

April 7, 2014

Tomorrow marks the release of my first published short story: The Omnibot Incident. It’s included in the new Robot Uprisings anthology, which was co-edited by my friend Daniel H. Wilson, who more or less bullied me into contributing a story. But now I’m so glad I did. It’s an incredible honor to have my name listed alongside so many other writers whose work I admire – especially the great Alan Dean Foster, author of pretty much all of my favorite 80s movie novelizations.

Here’s an interview I...

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Published on April 07, 2014 12:28 • 625 views

August 6, 2013

Back around the turn of the century, I used to write and perform funny spoken word monologues at the Austin Poetry Slam. In 2001, I self-produced a CD collection of my slam recordings titled Ultraman is Airwolf, which you can download for free right here. I also self-published a chapbook of all my slam poems titled The Importance of Being Ernest. I ran off copies of it on the printer at my day job and stapled them together myself, then sold them at shows and on the Internets.

Next month, on Se...

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Published on August 06, 2013 08:55 • 606 views

June 30, 2013

I am of the opinion that one of the most finely crafted movie trailers in cinema history was created to promote a nearly unwatchable film called METALSTORM:The Destruction of Jared-Syn. This trailer sells the living shit out of a godawful film with brilliant editing and a somber voice-over that is pure poetry:

In a future that grows ever closer

the fate of our Earth will lie in the hands of one man

A solitary warrior of great courage

His name is Dogen

and is called The Finder!

His enemies will emer...

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Published on June 30, 2013 10:12 • 483 views