Fanboys Screenwriter Ernest Cline Kicks off Ready Player One novel at Comic-Con International with Speculative Fiction Panel and Joust Arcade Game Competition

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Ernest Cline will be available for interviews at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July. Warner Brothers already has film rights and a top critic calls Ready Player One the "mind-blowing science fiction novel for the 2010s."

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It will be fun to try and explain to everyone what people mean when they say that Ready Player One is a mix of Willy Wonka, The Matrix, and Avatar all rolled into one.

Ernest Cline, screenwriter of the cult favorite movie, Fanboys, comes to Comic-Con International ( this July to introduce fans to his new novel, Ready Player One (Crown Books, on-sale: August 16th). Warner Brothers has already snapped up film rights to the novel after a heated bidding war ( and pre-publication buzz is growing as critics like Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing hail Ready Player One as “my mind-blowing science fiction novel for the 2010s." (

Set in a near-future world, Ready Player One centers on outcast Wade Watts, who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging into a globally networked virtual utopia known as the OASIS. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the OASIS or the real world, to reach the treasure first. It’s the ultimate wish fulfillment story, and paints a picture of our world changed drastically by the future of social networking years after Facebook (

Ready Player One is at once a remarkable sci-fi thriller and a brilliantly strange love letter to pop cuture, featuring giant robot battles, light-speed traveling DeLoreans, entire planets inspired by classic video arcades, and a plot that revolves around such esoterica as Cap-n Crunch commercials and John Hughes movies (

On Sunday, July 24th at Comic-Con International, fans will have a chance to meet Cline in person as he discusses Ready Player One at the “Speculative Fiction: Space Odyssey, Alien Encounters and Other Worlds” panel (12:00-1:00 pm, Room: 25ABC) along with bestselling science fiction and fantasy writers Greg Bear (Hull Zero Three), Vernor Vinge (A Fire Upon the Deep), James S.A.Corey (Leviathan Wakes), Gini Koch (The Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series), Timothy Zahn (Star Wars: Choice of One), Kirsten Imani Kasai (Tattoo), and David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt (Heaven’s Shadow).

Says Cline: “To be on the panel with legendary authors like Zahn, Vinge, and Bear and the rest of this group is an amazing honor. It will be fun to try and explain to everyone at the panel what people mean when they say that Ready Player One is a mix of Willy Wonka, The Matrix, and Avatar all rolled into one. Comic-Con will also give me a great excuse to show off pictures of my new DeLorean.” (,,

Fans can also catch Ernie wielding a joystick at a Joust arcade game at the Random House booth (#1515) as he does combat against other con attendees to defeat groups of enemy knights riding buzzards. The Joust tournament is open to all con attendees, who will have a chance at winning different prizes (

To find out more about Ernest Cline and why beloved authors like Charlaine Harris, Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, and Daniel H. Wilson are all huge fans of Ready Player One, go to

For media inquiries and to set up interviews with Ernest Cline at Comic-Con International, please contact: Elena Stokes, Founding Partner, Wunderkind PR, elena(at)wunderkind-pr(dot)com; 917.887.0784


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