In case you missed it, Joss Whedon’s Firefly, has been popping up all over the place. If you arrived early enough during a screening of Logan, and where observant, you noticed the posters behind Deadpool [my brother pointed them out to me].
Browncoats are pretty much everywhere these days. Not quite as rampant as Potterfiles (Potterheads), Trekkies, and Star Wars enthusiasts, but, still, pretty mainstream. And their numbers keep growing. Which is great.
…Just imagine how large the fandom would be if the show had more than
11 14 episodes.
Which brings us to today’s cornucopia of nerdiness: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Imagine if you will, a world where a single video game rules them all. It binds us together. We can become more than crude matter. Obviously, you’d fly around space in your favorite ship. Some characters use the Enterprise [and all her variants], others X-Wings, and others Serenity. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without someone flying around the gaming galaxy in Voltron.
The main character, Wade, prefers to fly a Firefly-class transport,the Vonnegut, with an X-Wing inside the cargo bay. And that, really, tells you all you need to know about him.
Now, if that’s not enough to make to salivate and yearn to read this amazing amalgam of awesome, let me sum up the story.
Wade basically is a treasure hunter. He–along with most of the other players in the game–hopes to find and crack the hidden clues rumored to be left inside the game by its creator. However, the corporation running the game gets wise to the hunt and trails Wade, wanting the treasure for themselves.
Okay, so maybe you’re not a fan of the 80’s or like pop-culture references in your novels. I bet you do like having a step up on your friends.
So, be sure to read a copy before the movie comes out. That way, you can sophisticated point out the difference and remark how much better the book is (though with Steven Spielberg directing and John Williams composing that’s a tall order).
Remember, folks, you (probably) heard it first somewhere else.