Ready Player One

The catalogue of great literature -- any literature -- inspired by video games is scant, which makes Ernest Cline's new novel such a welcome addition. In the distant future, everyone is obsessed with playing OASIS. Wade Watts is one of the countless players who hopes to find the secret lottery ticket hidden in the game by its enigmatic creator. The key lies in nostalgia for the pop culture of the late twentieth century. An engrossing cyber adventure steeped in geek.

April 25: "[S]cience could be like baseball: a young man's game whose stars made their mark in their early twenties."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.