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May 1, 2014

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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 • 328 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 • 193 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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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 • 123 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 • 199 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 • 466 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 • 564 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 • 451 views


Behold, the Russian edition of Ready Player One. As you can see, the publisher has retitled the book Q.U.E.S.T., which I don’t really mind, because it reminds me of D.A.R.Y.L. and R.O.T.O.R. They’ve also used cover artwork that is somewhat hysterical, in that it depicts the protagonist (or maybe this is his avatar?) as a buff gun-wielding bad ass with mirror shades and a bulging package. But no matter. I absolutely love this artwork, because it looks just like the VHS box of a bad low-budget...

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Published on June 30, 2013 09:49 • 487 views

June 11, 2013

A crazy talented artist named Alex Pelayre has posted some amazing Ready Player One fan art on his site. Check out this awesome avatar illustration of Art3mis, Parzival, and Aech.



Alex also plans to draw Daito and Shoto, and and as soon as he does, I’ll share those images here, too. Thanks for the amazing artwork, Alex!

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Published on June 11, 2013 08:05 • 338 views