Do not forget that Saturday night, September 10th, from 7-9 PM, we are proud to welcome author Ernest Cline and his New York Times Best Seller "Ready Player One" to Gallery1988 (Melrose). Cline and his new book has been the talk of the town recently, selling to Warner Bros. in a bidding war for the rights to make it a major motion picture (for the record, I read it seeing Anton Yelchin as the lead). It's an amazing book, centered around 80's pop culture and video games that has been praised by everyone, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The AV Club, Boing Boing and AintItCoolNews. It was also an Amazon Book Of The Month for August 2011. Here's the synopsis, in case you're on the fence:
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
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?
ARGH! It's really good, guys. If you love video games and 80's culture, and really anything we do here at G1988, we found your new favorite book. We'll have the book for sale in the gallery, so come by and say hi to Ernest. There will be some serious surprises parked outside the gallery too!
ALSO, if you don't live in Los Angeles, call us up at 323-937-7088 anytime before 4 PM PT on Saturday and, for a limited amount of people, we can get sell you the book and have it signed by Ernest. We'll ship it out to you after event. We can't do it for a lot of people, so make sure to call us soon if you want one.