March Meeting - Ready Player One

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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  • Juan Dominick W.

    As an addendum to the discussion some of us were having about futurist hits and misses when it comes to predicting the future.

    March 15, 2013

    • Christine M

      Nice. Still waiting for my cinnamon rolls. And my cigarettes and southern robot.

      March 15, 2013

  • Danny C.

    I was sad I had to leave early, but I really did enjoy this fluffy book and as always you all were tons o' fun :D

    March 15, 2013

  • Stephanie

    It was great meeting you guys and talking about RP1. I mentioned that my husband and I started a bad movie night and some people seemed interested. Here's a link. Next meetup is tomorrow.

    March 14, 2013

    • Danny C.

      Ooo thanks for the info! Not sure of I can actually make the movie tonight but this sounds like a lot of fun!

      March 15, 2013

  • Molly KB H.

    Nice to meet all of you! It was a fun discussion, and I hope I get to meet the other half of the group next time.

    March 15, 2013

  • Kalina W.

    Hi everyone! I was mentioning a particularly great ST:TNG bloopers video that was available on; it looks like it *did* make it to youtube at last. Enjoy!

    March 15, 2013

    • Juan Dominick W.

      Yeah, I've been super impressed with the efforts of the guys in charge of the TNG remasters. They've been finding all kinds of footage long believed lost or trashed that they're giving the same loving treatment, like the blooper reels. They've even found footage from some of the live action interactive games from the '90's that they're trying to decide what to do with at the moment. It's a great time to be a Trekker!

      March 15, 2013

  • Juan Dominick W.

    I felt very comfortable there and had a great experience sharing thoughts and opinions with everyone there, even when things meandered quite far afield

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Eliana

    Just came across this! Great book!

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I won't be able to attend this one.

    March 13, 2013

  • Paul S. T.

    My wife finally convinced someone to trade shifts - I'll be there.

    March 13, 2013

  • Joey G.

    Where is the discussion questions for this book? I didn't see it in the files section of the group page on Meetup.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it

    March 11, 2013

  • Dana J.

    I'd love to, but I have to give a talk at another group that night.

    March 8, 2013

  • Juan Dominick W.

    I'll be there, this time. :-). Looking forward to this one.

    February 27, 2013

  • Nick P.

    you can just ask the hostess when you arrive, or you can find us in the bright room on the left side of the restaurant.

    February 27, 2013

  • Paul S. T.

    Wife got scheduled late and can't get a babysitter. See you in April!

    February 24, 2013

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