Last year Ernie Cline, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and the author of the hit novel Ready Player One, stopped in Seattle to visit me and my fellow Amazon editor Neal Thompson. We decided to do an interview at the Experience Music Project, a museum in Seattle that also houses the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Since Ernie's book is a science fiction novel, we thought it would be a natural place to film our conversation.
It turned out to be a great day. As music boomed through the rooms and we walked and talked next to full-sized Battlestar Galactica Vipers and Cylons, one of the things that came up was Ernie's intention to acquire and revamp a DeLorean so that he could use it to tour the country in promotion of his book. Cool, we said. Stop by when you come back through. And Ernie did pass back through Seattle recently to promote the paperback release of Ready Player One... unfortunately, I was out of town. So I missed Ernie and I missed his DeLorean.
You, dear reader, might be more lucky than that. Check out the video below that explains how Ernie Cline is giving away a tricked-out DeLorean to someone who can find an Easter Egg hidden in his book. That Easter Egg will lead to a website where you must beat three increasingly difficult video game challenges. It's like something out of his own book. And like Ernie, it's creative, a little eccentric, and really cool.
Here's the video from the day we spent with Ernie...