Ready Player One revisited

A look back at our conversation with author Ernie Cline.
Ready Player One is set in a future environmental apolcalpse (Twitter)

The film Ready Player One, which just opened in theatres, promises to be an interesting take on a possible future.

The sci-fi movie is set in the year 2045, when the actual world is an environmental disaster, and people spend their time in a virtual fantasy universe called "Oasis". The creator of Oasis has died, leaving the public a quest-style game to solve.

The movie version is much anticipated because the book it's based on was well loved, and particularly resonant for people who came of age in the 1980s.

Back in 2011, when the book first came out, Nora interviewed the author, Ernie Cline.

Revisiting it sheds light on his ideas about tech and culture, but also what we were thinking and talking about way back in September 2011.

Have a listen!