On The Shelf: Ready Player One Fan Fiction

RPO Fan Fic

Andy Weir author of The Martian took to facebook on March 18th to let us know that a little fan fiction he wrote has now become canon in the world of  Ready Player One.

“I’ve written a bestselling novel. I’ve had a blockbuster movie made out of my book. I’ve gotten drunk with Ridley Scott. But now I have achieved a dream that’s much harder to accomplish; a dream that almost no writers in history have actually had come true: I wrote a fanfic that BECAME CANON!

Shortly after reading Ernie Cline’s masterpiece “Ready Player One”, I knew I had to make a fanfic. I just needed more of that world. So I wrote a short story called “Lacero” and posted it to my site (with a big fat warning that it spoils RPO so you should read that first).

Ernie read it and liked it. So the recent Subterranean Press version of Ready Player One has some extra materials including “Lacero”!

They sent me a couple of copies of the edition, so I sent Ernie a thank-you email. And I got this reply: “Hey Andy! So glad you received your copies. Thank YOU once again for letting us republish your short story. Now it’s canon! I hope you’re well, sir. -Ernie”

You heard the man. Canon. Booyah!:

Lacero is a prequel/backstory for one of the novel’s more prominent characters and if you wish to read the short story here you go: LACERO by Andy Weir.

Ready Player One has been adapted into a feature film with Steven Spielberg as director.  Ready Player One was written by Ernest Cline and takes place in the year 2044. Reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Have you ready Ready Player One? If so what did you think? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.  In the meantime If you have not you can read Ready Player One or The Martian our own Hannah wrote some reviews that you should check out: The Martian Review and Ready Player One review.

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