Hello Zack Lightman!

Armada by Ernest ClineI’m a day late and a dollar short with this post but ARMADA IS OUT!!!! And… it’s already been optioned for a film!

Holy crap, that’s exciting!!!

I’m not entirely surprised by that news considering the love that RP1 has garnered.  I’ve started reading Armada since returning from our mountain vacation and I definitely see the images from the book in my head as if they were coming from the big screen.

You know what this means???  A chance to get your book signed by Cline at one of his many appearances (and you MUST meet this guy, he’s smart, funny, charming and full of geekery.  If you are lucky he’ll bring his DeLorean. Go. Do it.  Get thee to the nearest book signing event.  Now!)

If you need to get your hands on a copy of Ernest Cline’s latest novel you can go here, herehere, or here.  Or you can get the Wil Wheaton read version of the audio book on Audible.com

Book Synopsis from the Armada website:


It’s just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He’s daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom—if he can make it that long without getting suspended again.

Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

At first, Zack thinks he’s going crazy.

A minute later, he’s sure of it. Because the UFO he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.  

But what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can’t help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little too… familiar? 

is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline’s trademark pop-culture savvy.

Read early internet love for Armada here:

Take a First Look at Armada on i09

The Verge Calls EC ‘the luckiest geek alive’ (rightly so).

The website for the book – http://armadabook.com

I’ll post a review once I’m done (getting close).  Can’t wait to see all the fan art that you guys come up with!

Today’s teens NOT impressed by Nintendo’s [RAD] retro Power Glove controller

~Emphasis in the title is all mine, lol.

The past, future!

Saw this video from an interesting article on C-Net today, and it made me think — if the me of 1989 was exposed to half of the toys, gadgets, and amazing techo-crap that we have access to today, just how big would the explosion of my mind be?

Pretty big, I suppose.  I would have loved a Power Glove in the 80s.  I probably would have worn it everywhere – to the store, to school, while babysitting.  Endless possibilities.  My nerd factor would have increased exponentially.

Check out the full C-Net Article here.

Check out a bit of The Wizards with  young Fred Savage:

On this date in 1983

On this day, 32 years ago, here is what was happening:

Tootsie was the number 1 box office smash:

Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was topping Billboard’s music charts:

In Video Game News – (According to the NYT)

Atari Inc. was about to seek an injunction against Coleco Industries to stop it from selling an adapter that allows the Colecovision home video game unit to play Atari cartridges.

Coleco Vision

And these issues were released in the land of comics:


RP1 – The Movie – Getting Closer!

2014-02-23_0852So I haven’t done a news post recently, but I’ve been seeing buzz across the ‘net over who will be directing the big screen version of our beloved book.

/FILM has thrown out many names including:

  • Peter Jackson (Hobbits, Hobbits, and more Hobbits!)
  • Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, and too many more to name)
  • Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Grindhouse, Shaun of the Dead)
  • Matthew Vaughn (X-Men, Kick-Ass, Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels)

ScienceFiction.com, Cinema Blend and more are reporting that Christopher Nolan has been offered the part.  /FILM also reported this, and mentioned they thought the script wasn’t dark enough for Nolan who’s done films such as Interstellar, The Dark Knight, and Inception.

Edgar WrightPersonally, I think there is a magic spark that could shine from every one of those listed above, though I personally would big-fat-LOVE to see what Edgar Wright would do with script!  What do you think?  Who would do the best job taking Ready Player One and making it a visual playhouse?



Every Movie Referenced in Ready Player One on Letterboxd

LOVE this!

bbbgtoby on Letterboxd has listed every movie referenced in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One — this site is FUN and I need to spend more time adding to my db of flicks. But lack of time is always the issue (as you can tell by how often I get to post here). Fwah fwah fwahhhh!

bbbgtoby’s list is not only a cool visual, but it shows how awesome Cline is at referencing the best of the best of the 80s (and beyond)!

I have 8 films off this list that I have yet to see. Amazing. Queuing up Netflix…


Whacky Wit (ala Pac Man) Game

Nostalgic for the old Pac Man game?

Love boardgaming?

Then check this out!

Yes, I admit — if I want to play Pac Man, I will play the video game and probably not bring out a table top version. But this is still pretty cool visually. I might get it just to display in our game room!