THIS WILL NOT, WE REPEAT, THIS WILL NOT BE A REPEAT OF WRINKLE IN TIME, EVEN THOUGH IT SOUNDS LIKE IT MIGHT BE EARLY ON. SOME OF US MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ACTUALLY LIKED THIS BOOK.
Our heroes discuss Ready Player One, a book that may or may not end up being the impetus for one of the bigger disagreements in Bookening history. They also discuss sci-fi in general, and indulge in some gnarly 80s nostalgia.
Suffice to say, some of our heroes liked it and some did not. As a matter of fact, next week we’re putting the book on trial, with a judge and prosecutor and everything. You may even hear a raised voice or two. In the meantime, here are the things that happen in this episode:
00:00 Gnarly opening music
00:59 Our Heroes Love the 80s
04:03 80s Donor Shout-Out
07:38 Jake summarizes the book
09:42 Ernest Cline’s life
14:22 Poetry Slams
15:29 Awkward self-conscious idiots who think they’re big men because somebody told thme about Nietzsche and Schopenhauer one time
17:59 We’re not going to beat up on this book (Well not all of us)
22:31 Bidding Wars
23:36 The Brilliant Idea for Ready Player One
24:20 Science fiction
25:22 The coining of the term sci-fi
26:45 Vantage points
28:41 Different schools of sci-fi
33:34 Science is magic stripped of the supernatural
37:18 Fan fiction
38:26 Experiment in Criticism
43:34 Down with Marxism!
44:19 Baggage check!