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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: Great Science Fiction Full of Thought Provoking Visions Of Our Near Future

Ready Player One is great science fiction set in the very near future. It is well done drama that leverages totally realistic visions of what technology is rapidly evolving to. Imagine a world where virtual reality and global connectivity enables universal access to high quality education. Incredible. Awesome. And achievable by us if we put our minds to it. I love visions like this.

The book does not paint our future as a wonderland for all, for most it seems the new VR is the greatest thing in their lives. I'm hoping that is not the future we build, but for this drama it works.

The book does a great job introducing many of the ethical consideration people are already encountering in today's high tech world were issues of big business, personal privacy, war, peace, healthcare, wealth and poverty are all impacted by our new technologies.

I highly recommend Ready Player One for any technologist. But I wonder, could it be that I like it so much because of the many references to the video games of my youth? Might it be that those from the generations younger than mine might not be so entertained? Please give it a read and let me know what you think.

 

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Fiction
Crown Pub
2011
374

Immersing himself in a mid-21st-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir.

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com