[Video Link] It seems like every decade or so a science fiction novel comes out that sends a lightning bolt through my nervous system: To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). Neuromancer (1984). Snow Crash (1992). Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003). I just found out what my mind-blowing novel for the 2010s is: Ernest Cline's Ready Player One (coming out in August 2011).
In Boing Boing's new podcast, Gweek, we ran an excerpt of an interview I did with Cline (screenwriter of the movie Fanboys). Here's the entire interview. (Cline's voice is soft for a few seconds at the beginning, but stick with it — the volume improves.)