Ready Player One (Manhattan)

The Author: Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline

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Ernest Cline is is an American novelist, spoken word artist and screenwriter. Before writing Ready Player One, Cline wrote the screenplay that led to the film Fanboys.

Author Visit

Ernest Cline will visit K-State Thursday, October 10, 2013. He will speak at McCain Auditorium at 7pm.

The Book: Ready Player One

Ready Player One  takes place in a not so distant future, where resources are scarce and life for most is pretty grim. People around the world plug into the OASIS, an open source virtual reality, to live, learn, and play.

When the creator of the OASIS dies, it is revealed that he has hidden three keys throughout the OASIS and the person to find them all will win millions of dollars and own controlling stake in the company.

Five years after the creator’s death, the protagonist Wade discovers the first key, which launches an international quest to find the others and own the OASIS.

How do I get the Book?

First-year students receive the book during Orientation and Enrollment.

The book and audiobook are available for 2-hour check-out periods at Hale Library Reserves, located at the 2nd floor Help Desk. Check-out is available for students, staff, and faculty.

K-State Lending Library

The book is also available through Manhattan Public Library or Salina Public Library with your public library card. You can view the book in an electronic format for your Kindle or an Adobe ePUB through the Sunflower eLibrary. Need a public library card? Visit their websites to learn how to get one (it's free!).

Community Events

Below are community sponsored events connected to KSBN's common book Ready Player One.

Wed 8/28,

7-9 pm                                  

Choose Your Own Library Adventure!

Join K-State Libraries for our first-ever Week of Welcome event! Choose Your Own Library Adventure!  Using Ready Player One as the guiding narrative, learn more about our services, materials, and resources! FREE food, prizes and fun included!

Sun 9/8  

9 pm                    

Serious Play: Six Short Films on the Importance of Games

A series of TED lecture and animated shorts exploring the deeper meaning behind gaming and why we love games, and the impact they have on our lives.

Themes include gamification, what it means to be a gamer, freedom of speech, and how games enrich our lives.

 For more events, check out KSBN's website.