"Lacero" is a Ready Player One fanfic written by Andy Weir that is an Ascended Fanfic.
Tropes that appear in this fanfic:
- Adaptational Intelligence: The normally Culture Blind Sorrento has at least a grasp on Star Trek, and is able to piece together the process to destroy the OASIS from a line involving Kirk, Scotty and Chekov.
- Ascended Fanfic: Regarded as canon for Ready Player One.
- Cloud Cuckooland: A literal one appears, where Lacero's DeLorean is actually able to time-travel, among other things.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Lacero/Sorrento wasn't merely trying to solve the Egg Hunt for IOI, he wanted to destroy the entire OASIS.
- Eureka Moment: At the Harmonic Convergence in Cloudcuckooland, Lacero hears the words "Like Kirk, Scott, and Chekov, too, the genesis is all for you." Four of the films for Star Trek: The Original Series were released in The '80s, one scene had all three characters, and that was the self-destruction of the Enterprise in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which was one of the films that featured the Genesis Device, which could create and destroy life. So whoever won the Egg Hunt would be able to destroy the OASIS and this is how Sorrento decides on his course of action.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Lacero/Sorrento had a sister who was a gunter. She burned through her inheritance and resorted to taking meth to stay up to be in the OASIS. She eventually died of an overdose and this is at the core of Sorrento's motivation to destroy the OASIS because he blames it for her death.
- The Name Is Bond, James Bond: When the interviewer accepts Lacero into IOI's employment and is asked his name, he replies: "Sorrento. Nolan Sorrento".
- Origin Story: For Nolan Sorrento.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sorrento. Apart from his intention to destroy the OASIS for what happened to his sister, he wants to make people talk about the problems in the world and hopefully make it better.
You want to know what Ill do if I win? Ill shut down GSS. Dismantle everything it has and sell it off. OASIS will be dead, and people will have to face reality. Theyll be forced to live in the world theyve been neglecting. Then maybe, just maybe, theyll start to make it better. Meanwhile Ill be rich.