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 Ernest Cline is an American slam poet, screenwriter, and author of science fiction and non-fiction.

The author of books such as Armada (2015), and the Ready Player Series, Ernest is best known for writing Ready Player One (2011), where he was also a co-screenwriter in the film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

Born in Ashland, Ohio, he worked in the IT industry in his twenties and did screenwriting with whatever free time he could find.

Now an accomplished author, his books have garnered international recognition, with translations available in more than fifty countries. They have also consistently ranked on The New York Times bestsellers list for over 100 weeks.

Ernest currently lives in Austin, Texas with his family and an endless collection of classic video games.

More about Ernest Cline

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Non-fiction

Born: 1972

United States


Non Series

  • Armada (2015)
  • Bridge to Bat City (2024)


  1. The Importance of Being Ernest (2006)

Ready Player

  1. Ready Player One (2011)
  2. Ready Player Two (2020)

Detailed book overview

Non Series


Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure.

So when he sees the flying saucer, he's sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness.

Especially because the alien ship he's staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.

As impossible as it seems, what Zack's seeing is all too real. And it's just the first in a blur of revelations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth's history, its future, even his own life--and to play the hero for real, with humanity's life in the balance.

But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can't help thinking: Doesn't something about this scenario feel a little bit like . . . well . . . fiction?

Author: Ernest Cline
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0804137270
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Bridge to Bat City

A recently orphaned young girl, named Opal B Flats, forms an unexpected friendship with a music-loving colony of bats and embarks on a mission to find them a new home, despite powerful forces determined to stop her. 

After losing her mother, thirteen-year-old outsider Opal moves in with her uncle Roscoe on the family farm. There, Opal befriends a group of orphaned bats. But just as the farm is starting to feel like home, the bats’ cave is destroyed by a big mining company with its sights set on bulldozing the farmland next. 

If Opal and the bats can fit in anywhere, it’s the nearby city of Austin, with its wonderfully eccentric characters and rich music scene. But with people afraid of the bats and determined to get rid of them, it’ll take a whole lot of courage to prove that this is where the bats—and Opal—belong.

Author: Ernest Cline
First Release: 2024
Ebook: B0C73TLM88
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


The Importance of Being Ernest

Familiar and resonant, Cline's collection takes readers into a private landscape of science fiction, pop culture, and pornography. Ernest Cline is a geek, novelist, poet, and screenwriter based in Austin, Texas. In addition to winning poetry slams, Cline is known for screenwriting "Fanboys," released in 2009. He also recently sold the film rights to his latest book, "Armada."

Author: Ernest Cline
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1938912306
Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing

Ready Player

Ready Player One

A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself.

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.

Ready Player One
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson
Author: Ernest Cline
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0307887443
Publisher: Random House
Ready Player Two

An Unexpected Quest. Two Worlds At Stake. Are You Ready?

Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything.

Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous—and addictive—than even Wade dreamed possible.

With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest—a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize.

And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants.

Wade’s life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.

Author: Ernest Cline
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1524761349
Publisher: Ballantine Books