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Exclusive First Look: Ernest Cline Releases First Chapter of ‘Armada’ to io9

Ernie Cline has given the internet a treat sure to cure you of your Mondays: in an exclusive for, we can now read the first chapter of his highly anticipated novel, Armada, it its entirety!

Here’s an excerpt:

I was staring out the classroom window and daydreaming of adventure when I spotted the flying saucer.

I blinked and looked again—but it was still out there, a shiny chrome disc zigzagging around in the sky. My eyes struggled to track the object through a series of increasingly fast, impossibly sharp turns that would have juiced a human being, had there been any aboard. The disc streaked toward the distant horizon, then came to an instantaneous stop just above it. It hovered there motionless over the distant tree line for a few seconds, as if scanning the area beneath it with an invisible beam, before it abruptly launched itself skyward again, making another series of physics defying changes to its course and speed.

I tried to keep my cool. I tried to remain skeptical. I reminded myself that I was a man of science, even if I did usually get a C in it.

I looked at it again. I still couldn’t tell what it was, but I knew what it wasn’t—it wasn’t a meteor. Or a weather balloon, or swamp gas, or ball lightning. No, the unidentified flying object I was staring at with my own two eyes was most definitely not of this earth.

My first thought was: Holy fucking shit.

Followed immediately by: I can’t believe it’s finally happening.

What a treat on the heels of the exciting news that Stephen freaking Spielberg is set to direct the film adaptation of Cline’s debut nerd masterpiece, Ready Player One!

Armada is Cline’s latest geek-tastic adventure tale following high school senior Zack Lightman after he spots a flying saucer one afternoon. Read the chapter in full over at io9 and see if you wouldn’t think you were going round the twist, too.

The press release also indicates a film adaptation in the works already, too, so be sure to grab your copy when Armada hits the shelves on July 14, 2015.

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