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Be­fore turn­ing his at­ten­tion to writ­ing nov­els, Cline wrote po­etry – which he would also per­form, be­com­ing the Austin Po­etry Slam champ in 1998 and 2001 – and screen­plays (most no­tably for 2009 movie Fanboys). In 2010, he found him­self at the cen­tre of a pub­lish­ing bid­ding war for his first novel, Ready Player One, the film rights for which were sold to Warner Bros just a day later. Cline’s sec­ond novel, Ar­mada, will be re­leased on July 14; again, he’s sold the film rights up front – this time to Uni­ver­sal.

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