Listen to Stranger Than Fiction No. 1 with Tim Wu and Neal Stephenson by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Welcome to Stranger Than Fiction, a new six-episode podcast from Slate, the New America Foundation,…
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In this episode of Gweek our special guest is Ready Player One author Ernest Cline. He breaks the news that the print editions of his novel contain an easter egg. The first person to solve the easter egg puzzles will win a fully restored DeLorean car! Also, the paperback edition of Ready Player One is out today, with a very cool cover image of the stacked trailer park that the young hero of the novel, Wade Watts, lives in.
Ethan Gilsdorf discussed some of the themes of his new book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, a blend of travelogue, pop culture analysis, and memoir as forty-year-old former D&D addict Gilsdorf crisscrosses America, the world, and other worlds—from Boston to Wisconsin, France to New Zealand, and Planet Earth to the realm of Aggramar. He asks: Who are these gamers and fantasy fans? What explains the irresistible appeal of such "escapist" adventures? How do the players balance their escapist urges with the kingdom of adulthood?
Gilsdorf talked about the culture’s discomfort with the geek/nerd/gamer stereotype and looked at society’s ambivalent relationship with gaming and fantasy play, and the origins of that prejudice, as well as the author’s own past misgivings and final acceptance of his "geek" identity.