Saturday, August 20, 2011

bumped with update
Boing boing had strong praise for Ready Player One: the best science fiction novel I’ve read in a decade, comparing it to Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984). Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992). Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003). The Farmer is dreck; I've read it, but the other three are among my favorite books,and widely influential.
So I grabbed the pdf of the first three chapters and it's ok so far:

People rarely used their real names online. Anonymity was one of the
major perks of the OASIS. Inside the simulation, no one knew who you
really were, unless you wanted them to. Much of the OASIS’s popularity
and culture were built around this fact. Your real name, fi ngerprints,
and retinal patterns were stored in your OASIS account, but Gregarious
Simulation Systems kept that information encrypted and confi dential.
Even GSS’s own employees couldn’t look up an avatar’s true identity. Back
when Halliday was still running the company, GSS had won the right to
keep every OASIS user’s identity private in a landmark Supreme Court

just that the 3 chapters werre too short, i want more.

Can't just read all night because i have stuff to do downtown, where by stuff I mean yet another attempt at some awkward social interaction, at a bar downtown i know with some people i'm connected to online. we'll see how it goes. i'm 90% otaku and rarely leave the house, but i make an effort now and then.

update bonus: wil wheaton does the audiobook.
update: scalzi points me to the author's blog, where i learn about the book tour, in a delorean with a flux capacitor. the book is going to be a movie at some point.

strangely the website for the book is down right now. maybe he got slashdotted by being in the wall street journal today.

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